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What is a CBD tincture?

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

Learn the difference between CBD oil and CBD tinctures. Are they the same or different?

What is Tincture?

Tinctures are basically alcohol infused with some sort of herb — in this CBD's case, hemp. They are a simple, smokeless way to dose, and very popular because they are easy to take, store, transport, and use. In addition to the hemp plant, a tincture may also be made from herbs. Dandelion is one popular herb that may be an ingredient in tinctures.

The History of Tinctures

The first official account of cannabis tinctures being used in Western medicine was in an 1843 medical journal. The piece included a recipe, so it didn’t take long for apothecaries and patent medicine producers to begin making and selling tinctures.

A few years later, in 1851, tinctures first appeared in the United States Pharmacopeia — an almanac with a list of medicinal drugs, their effects, and usage instructions — under the name Extractum Cannabis Purificatum, or “purified extract of Indian hemp.”

Tinctures were such accepted medicine that in the United Kingdom, Queen Victoria’s personal physician prescribed a cannabis tincture to help relieve her menstrual cramps. The physician wrote, “When pure and administered carefully, [cannabis] is one of the most valuable medicines we possess.”

In the U.S., the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 taxed the possession and transfer of cannabis so outrageously that it was basically outlawed, and cannabis was removed from the US Pharmacopeia four years later.

How are Tinctures used?

“Do you want a find oils and tinctures that have been specially formulated with a chemist that has over 20 years experience in formulation combined with the medical knowledge of a pain management doctor? Whether you prefer a hemp oil cream or tincture, we have the right products for you at Pure Therapy MD.”

Tincture drops are often administered sublingually or under the tongue. They can also be mixed into foods and drinks, such as smoothies, salad dressings, and soups. Some people use tinctures because, unlike edibles such as cookies or brownies, they have very few calories.

Consuming a tincture sublingually is the most straightforward method and allows users to feel the full effects quicker because the medication is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Finding the right dose is relatively simple, but it requires trial and error and a bit of patience. Most, if not all, tinctures come with a dropper that allows consumers to measure how much they consume. Because all consumers are different, its best to start with a 1/2 to 1mL dose. However, the starting dose really depends on the concentration of the bottle. Place the drop under your tongue, hold for 90 seconds, then swallow. CBD tinctures can be fast-acting and will deliver the desired effects quickly or take several weeks to up to two months to achieve effects. It is very important to take the tinctures consistently in divided amounts on a daily basis.

When mixing into foods, the onset effects will take longer than consuming sublingually because the tincture is absorbed through the digestive process.

How do tinctures differ from CBD oil?

“ Pure Therapy was founded based upon the desire of our physician to provide a quality line of CBD products for her patients. While exploring natural therapies for her son, she learned about the amazing benefits of the hemp oil and how they can benefit the thousands of patients she treats with chronic pain."

CBD oil is created using an extraction process that removes the oil directly from the seeds, stalks, and flowers of the hemp plant. It usually contains the most potent levels of CBD and is often the priciest of all CBD products. You can take CBD oil sublingually, meaning you place the oil under the tongue. The oil is then absorbed through the mucus membranes, allowing for fast absorption and fast effects. It can also be swallowed, but will then have to be absorbed through the digestive system.

CBD and other cannabinoids can be found in CBD oil, and it also contains other beneficial vitamins and nutrients as well as protein, fatty acids, chlorophyll, and flavonoids. The flavor is usually nutty and earthy, which can make it unpopular with children, though it can be added to other foods for easier consumption.

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As more people learn about the health benefits and therapeutic properties of CBD, many are wondering which ingestion method will work best for them. CBD can be consumed through a variety of means, including hemp flowers, pain relief creams, lotion, edibles, capsules, oils, and tinctures.

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