CBD Tincture Review
What is a Tincture of CBD — What Conditions Can It Ease — And How Do You Choose the Best One?
This article is for informational purposes only; please talk to your doctor before taking CBD.
Here’s The Deal:
If you’re just getting familiar with cannabis as a way to provide relief for anxiety, pain, nausea, seizures, or something else — I’m sure you’ll agree it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the various cannabis choices, forms, and even the terminology, right?
Whether you’re a patient, you’re helping a patient, or you’re a new user… it can be downright confusing to keep track of CBD versus THC; tinctures versus other forms; and so on.
We understand. We get asked about these things every day.
So, here’s the good news. It’s our mission to provide you with the very best answers to help you feel comfortable when choosing cannabis products.
Here, you’ll discover the 5 most important answers about CBD tinctures and how they can help you. Of course, you’ll want to consult your doctor before using CBD tinctures. See the answers below.
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1. Let’s start with the most common question:
What is CBD?
We already have an incredible overview page answering the question, “what is CBD?”… but for purposes of THIS article, we’ll answer it briefly and explain how CBD provides relief for certain conditions.
This will help you easily make the connection between CBD and tinctures as you follow along here.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 80 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant… and it binds to receptors in the brain to elicit the effects of cannabis. (80 chemical compounds can be a bit too much to think about, so let’s make it really simple here.)
CBD is a specific chemical compound from the plant that can produce anti-inflammatory effects. It can play a role in memory processing, motor control, and pain regulation.
CBD is often considered to provide relief from an array of conditions here are conditions people commonly look to CBD for relief from. Today, many people (like you!) are learning about using CBD for relief.
- Muscular and joint pain
- Seizures and spasms
Now, CBD is different from Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which you may have heard about. THC is the most widely studied cannabinoid and it’s known for its psychoactive effects (“getting high”). It’s important to note that you will not get high from CBD by itself; only when combined with THC or when you’ve taken a LOT of CBD (your body will buzz or “vibrate,” but you won’t feel the stereotypical “high”).
Having said that, the therapeutic effects of CBD are more pronounced when combined with other cannabinoids and chemical compounds in what is coined, “the entourage effect.”
Some CBD strains ARE combined with THC for relief and a high. That combined effect can be a real tonic for certain conditions.
Consider this fact as well: CBD also has an “entourage effect” in tincture form, as we explain next.
2. The second question covered in this CBD tincture review is: What is a tincture?
In our CannaInsider.com glossary of terms, we explain tinctures in this way:
Tinctures are alcohol extractions of the whole cannabis plants (generally the flowers and leaves)… that serve as a great alternative to smoking or vaporizing as they can be ingested orally.
Some tinctures are made with the highest proof and clearest alcohols, and offer an intense body-buzz combined with the effects of the alcohol. If you want to avoid alcohol-based tinctures, ask a local dispensary if they options, such as coconut oil as a base.
A tincture of CBD is basically a CBD compound in liquid form.
Many people prefer this method, because all you do it use a dropper and place the CBD tincture on your tongue. No smoking, no other supplies needed. Just the bottle of tincture.
3. Now you may be asking yourself:
How do I shop for CBD tincture?
Not all CBD tinctures are the same! There are many strains and variations, with different percentages of CBD versus other chemical compounds. Each tincture is developed for specific purposes. For instance, a tincture for PTSD or anxiety is different than a tincture developed for nausea and yet another for seizures.
Here are the top considerations when you’re choosing a CBD tincture:
- “Best For”: CBD tincture formulas are developed based on the purpose. Remember that list of conditions we listed above? For each condition, there’s a CBD compound shown to work better than others (a certain compound is better for nausea vs. anxiety, etc.).
- Percentages: Different tinctures contain different levels or percentages of CBD, THC (if it’s part of the compound) and other ingredients. The higher the CBD percentage, the more potent it is for its purpose. The higher the THC, the higher you’ll be.
- Quality: Ideally, you’ll want to select a CBD tincture that’s regularly quality-tested for its Cannabinoid profile. You can request test results on the tincture’s potency, ingredients, and more. Dispensaries are perfectly happy and capable of providing this information.
To get you started on understanding how to find the best solution for your needs, we created this CBD Tincture Review chart.
4. The next common question is:
How long does it take for a CBD tincture to take effect?
It can vary from person to person and strain to strain. Some patients report feeling the effects within 20-40 minutes. Other say it takes at least one hour.
The first time you try a CBD tincture, it will be an experiment. That’s true for just about any cannabis product, because individuals react differently to various levels and forms of whatever they’re taking.
If you don’t feel any effect, consult your doctor or caregiver. Keep in mind that you may not feel the effects of CBD outright, but your body may feel calmer.
5. The final common question is:
What can I expect when the CBD tincture does take effect?
Depending on the type of CBD tincture you try, you should feel its effects for the intended use. However, the effect may change over time. You may need to increase the ratio or even switch to another form for a while, so your body can rest from the CBD tincture.
Conclusion: Consult a knowledgeable caregiver
CBD tinctures come in many forms, varieties of strength and combinations, and can be based on alcohol or other oils that help the CBD soak into your bloodstream.
Whether you’re seeking pure CBD, a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC, or something somewhere in the middle, your best chance at getting what you’re most looking for is to tell a knowledgeable budtender or caregiver what your concerns are, what you’re looking for out of a tincture, and if you’d rather avoid alcohol or if you have any coconut allergies. These are minor things, but they’re all huge components of choosing the tincture that will calm your mind, ease your pain, or both.