CBD is the most popular form of cannabis product throughout the world. It is a natural or organic and potentially safe remedy for medicinal use. With its numerous benefits, people consume it in different forms. It may be consumed as capsules, sprays, drops, etc. And one of them is tincture. In this article, I am going to discuss CBD tincture in detail.
What is Tincture?
A tincture is usually a plant extract (CBD) dissolved in alcohol which is consumed orally. They are easy to take and easy to use as well. They are consumed by putting the right amount of CBD under the tongue of the patient.
It then gets easily mixed with the saliva and goes into the bloodstream. Once it mixes with blood, it starts to work efficiently. It takes lesser time as compared to other forms of CBD.
What is CBD Tincture?
CBD tinctures are produced by adding CBD rich hemp flowers in a high proof grain alcohol. It is then cooked for 2 hours over low heat. Alternatives for alcohol can be vinegar or glycerin. Although alcohol makes a very effective tincture, it can be quite bitter in taste.
It should be mixed with peppermint or orange oil to enhance its taste. The main content in it should be CBD. THC should be less than 0.3%. Also, the amount of THC content should be monitored before buying the product.
Proper Way to Take CBD Tincture
CBD tincture is consumed in a sublingual way. First of all, you need to take the correct amount of CBD tincture and keep it under your tongue for 60 seconds. Once it gets absorbed by the membrane under your tongue, it then travels to the sublingual artery.
From the sublingual artery, it gradually travels to the external carotid artery and eventually ends up to your brain. This whole process takes about 15 minutes. You can swallow the tincture after holding it up inside your mouth for 60 seconds.
Many patients are not comfortable with the bitter taste and hence consumes it with food or water. As mentioned above, it can also be taken with some drops of orange and peppermint oil to enhance the taste.
The tincture form of CBD works faster than the edible form. Although, it is not as fast as its smokable form.
Benefits of CBD Tincture
CBD tincture is one of the most effective ways for CBD consumption. This is because it gets easily absorbed by the body. It’s been proven useful to treat physical disorders as it provides relief from chronic pain and inflammation.
Here, I have listed different diseases in which CBD tincture can be useful for the treatment:
- Sleep deprivation
- High blood sugar level
- Degeneration of Nervous System
- Skin diseases like Psoriasis
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Bacterial growth
- Degeneration of bones
- Any Muscle spasms
- Seizures and Convulsions
- Depression and Anxiety
- Any Chronic pain
- Any Inflammation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
CBD Oil or CBD Tincture: Which One to Choose
Now, the question arises, which one is better? CBD Oil or CBD tincture? Well, the answer to this question is quite easy. CBD tincture is more helpful in absorbing different compounds compared to CBD oil. This is because it mixes directly with the bloodstream due to the method of consumption. It works faster and in a more efficient way.
If a person is sensitive to alcohol and cannot consume it through the mouth, then he/she can switch to CBD oil. He/she can apply it to the affected area to get rid of inflammation and chronic pain. However, it will be less effective than the tincture as it does not get mixed with the blood stream.
CBD Tincture: The Right Dosage
Consumption of CBD tincture depends on many factors. It is not necessary that a certain dosage which is beneficial for an individual will also be beneficial for others.
Here are certain factors on which CBD tincture dosage depends:
- Quality of the product
- The efficiency of the product
- Body weight
Depending on the above conditions, you can actually determine the right dosage of CBD tincture beneficial for you. The dosage given on the product label is just a basic guideline. It may vary with your body type, body weight, and body chemistry.
So, the moral of the story is you can’t say a dosage as the right amount in general. It will differ from patient to patient.
Although no such side effects are noted until now, still everything comes with some consequences. Even if these are minor. There are certain insignificant side effects that may get triggered on excessive use. Some of them are discussed below:
- Dry Mouth: CBD tincture decreases the secretion of saliva and increases the thirst on consumption. Thus, it causes Dry Mouth. To balance this symptom, it is better to increase the intake of water. Staying hydrated resolves this problem.
- Hepatic Metabolism: CBD tincture can stop your liver’s ability to process medications. Hence, it can be a problem if you replace your medication and start using CBD tincture. You should not self-medicate yourself and consult your physician before taking CBD tincture.
- Hypotension: CBD can lower your blood pressure and cause Hypotension. So it is better to consult your doctor if you are on certain blood pressure medications or if your blood pressure levels remain low.
However, you should not consume CBD tincture if you are pregnant or lactating Mother. For normal adults, It is better to consume it under professional medical guidance.
From this discussion, it can be concluded that CBD tincture is a form of CBD which is quick and effective in nature. It is consumed in a sublingual way. The tongue membrane absorbs the tincture and transfers it to the bloodstream.
There are various benefits of using CBD tincture. Some of them are High Blood Sugar, Insomnia, Bacterial growth, Coronary artery blockages, etc. CBD tincture is more preferred than CBD oil because it can easily mix with the blood and provide instant relief.
The right dosage of CBD tincture depends on the individual. Its effectiveness relies on a person’s body weight, body chemistry, and the disease he/she is suffering from. It also produces certain side effects like low blood pressure, dry mouth, etc. These are quite mild and does not harm the person.
Although CBD tincture is quite safe to use, it is better to consult a doctor before consuming it. Also, discuss the right dosage and correct way of consumption to avoid any potential side effects.