CBD Tinctures vs. CBD Oil
CBD tinctures and CBD oil are interchangeable terms in the hemp-CBD market. CBD tincture or CBD oil both refer to a CBD extract that you take orally. Tinctures typically come in dropper bottles, and are ingested by dropping the desired dose onto or under the tongue. Some companies recommend that you hold the tincture under your tongue before swallowing, but there's no right or wrong way as long as you're ingesting the oil!
The Benefits of Tinctures
Tinctures are easy to use, and are typically faster acting than capsules. The goal of ingesting CBD is to get the highest bioavailability, which is just a fancy way of saying absorbing the most CBD into the body as possible. While we can't be sure how much better tinctures are for absorbing CBD, tinctures are by far the most popular form of CBD currently on the market. Most customers I have personally spoken to like tinctures better because they offer you full control over dosage. If you need more, you can easily take more. It puts you, the consumer, in the driver's seat of your CBD experience. Just be sure to figure out how much CBD is in each dose. A reliable company will make that information easy to spot, so you know exactly how much you're taking at a time.
How to Use Tinctures
Tinctures are easy to use, you just have to pay closer attention to your dosage. Every company will have different concentrations of CBD in their tinctures, so you will have to adjust depending on which one you purchase. For example, CBDistillery's tinctures are all extremely concentrated. Each ml of their tinctures contains anywhere from 16mg/ml, up to 166mg/ml! A highly concentrated oil can be a good option if you don't like the taste of tincture. You'll only have to take a few drops of oil to get a large dose of CBD.
Some companies choose to make their tinctures the same concentration across the board. NuLeaf Naturals products
all contain 50mg/ml, which takes all the math out of dosage. One isn't necessarily better than the other, it truly depends on your personal preference. Do you take a specific amount everyday? You might have an easier time buying a product that will have a clearly defined dose, no matter what size bottle you purchase.
To use, simply drop the desired amount of CBD in the mouth. The effects of the CBD can take up to 2 hours for the full effects. Since hemp-CBD products still contain trace amounts of THC, start small and gradually increase you dosage as needed. Due to legal reasons, no hemp-CBD company or myself can offer you exact dosage instructions. CBD is a very personalized supplement, so please speak with your doctor if you need more information about exact dosage.
How are CBD Tinctures Made?
Most CBD tinctures available on the market are extracted with ethanol or CO2. The hemp, or CBD extract, is then diluted into specific concentrations in various carrier oils. Some of the most popular carrier oils are MCT oil, hempseed oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil. The type of carrier oil doesn't matter a whole lot, it will typically just change the taste of the oil. Most CBD oils are not very pleasant tasting, so opt for a company who uses MCT or hempseed oil. Trust me, it's a lot better tasting than a gnarly blend of a bunch random carrier oils.
Some companies will tout their "increased bioavailability technology," but this usually doesn't mean a whole lot. Due to the now saturated market, some hemp-CBD companies rely on ridiculously expensive equipment to extract their products. You can try for yourself the difference between a company who uses standard methods (ethanol or CO2 extractions), or a company who uses "biochemical-molecular-totally real science-based chromatography". Sciency-sounding sales lingo is often a gimmick to sell consumers expensive oils. It doesn't mean their oil isn't good quality, but it might not be any better than a more affordable option. Hemp is not very expensive to grow, and CBD oil simply shouldn't be as ridiculously expensive as some companies charge. If a company is charging outrageous prices for a low mg CBD oil, you may just be paying for the multi-million dollar lab equipment they use.
Where to Buy CBD Tinctures
Most CBD tinctures are going to give you similar results, so just find a company that has good prices and third-party tests their products for potency. For more information about my favorite CBD hemp companies, check out my reviews of various products! My current top picks for CBD tinctures are: