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17th December 2019

What is a CBD Tincture?

If you’ve been looking into the world of CBD, it’s likely that you’ve come across all sorts of terminology. This probably includes the word ‘tincture’, which might have led you to think: what is a CBD tincture? 

We’ve put together a brief guide to this CBD format, outlining what it is, why it’s different to CBD oil, how it’s applied and what it can be used for.

What is a CBD tincture?

A CBD tincture is a liquid form of concentrated cannabidiol (CBD) which is applied orally. It is typically administered underneath the tongue through a dropper.

Tinctures are typically made by suspending a small amount of CBD in distilled alcohol and water. Some tinctures you find may use oil or glycerin instead of alcohol but these might not be as potent as those that use alcohol. 

How is a CBD tincture different to CBD oils?

CBD oil is made from liquid CBD extract combined with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. As mentioned above, tinctures are instead CBD dissolved in alcohol or another solvent. Tinctures may also include more compounds from the hemp plant than CBD oil, such as other cannabinoids and terpenes. This means that tinctures are generally a more potent form of CBD.

How do you apply a CBD tincture?

CBD tinctures tend to come in small bottles with a dropper included for application. They are generally applied sublingually, or underneath the tongue. This is because it allows greater absorption into your bloodstream.

To use a CBD tincture, simply fill the dropper and administer the required dosage of oil under your tongue. It’s recommended that you hold it there for at least 30 seconds before swallowing, and some people even wait as long as 2 minutes. 

It’s important to keep in mind that, because a tincture is a concentrated form of CBD, you will only need a small dose to feel the effects, typically just a few drops. You can adjust your daily dose carefully to get the required amount.

Why choose a tincture over other formats?

Many people choose CBD tinctures because they are easy to administer orally or to add to food and drink. They have a long shelf life and they also tend to have a milder taste than CBD oil.

One of the main reasons people opt for a tincture over, say, an edible is because you will feel the effects of the CBD much more quickly. 

Related article: How Long Does it Take for CBD to Take Effect?

What are CBD tinctures commonly used for?

As a potent and fast-acting form of CBD, tinctures are often used to ease pain or relieve anxiety symptoms. CBD is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties so can be useful for those who are suffering from pain associated with certain medical conditions or those who need to recover after sports.

Many simply use CBD tinctures as a supplement in their everyday life. They can offer feelings of relaxation and balance, and a lot of people believe that they can help to manage stress.

Thank you for reading this brief guide to CBD tinctures - we hope it’s provided you with all the information you need! 

If you are unsure about whether you can use tinctures, it’s best to consult your doctor first. You can read more about different CBD products and how to use them on our blog.