CBD Tinctures: An Introduction

There is an ample array of methods in which to supplement CBD into your diet. Thanks to innovators who have developed all sorts of ways to partake of this powerful herb, there are edibles, capsules, vape-pens, gummies and oils, to name just a few of the available approaches. If you are new to CBD, your head is probably spinning with the multitude of options out there and wondering how to choose the best one for you. CBD tincture can be a great starting point.

Tinctures have become one of the most preferred methods for taking CBD.  It’s no surprise, since these extracts are easy to dose, effective and versatile. It is a great option for those who want quick results from CBD without having to smoke and their high potency can make them quite cost effective.

Background of Tinctures as Medicine

Tinctures have actually been one of the primary methods for concentrating plant chemicals for use as medicines and supplements for thousands of years—basically as long as grain alcohol has been around. Cannabis tinctures, for instance, were in use throughout the western world through the 1800s and in the United States until Cannabis prohibitions in the early 1900s removed them from the shelves. Until that point the fluid extracts of Cannabis sativa, or cannabis tincture, was made and sold by local pharmacists all over the country.

What is a Tincture?

In its simplest terms, a tincture is an alcohol (or ethanol) extract. To make an alcohol extract, one must simply soak the desired plant material in alcohol for a specified period of time. After this period of time—often up to a month—the plant material, or “marc,” is pressed and discarded. The liquid left behind is called the extract or tincture.

It’s kind of like making a pot of tea: place a few handfuls of herbs in a pot, cover in hot water and allow the herbs to infuse the water with the minerals, vitamins and other constituents naturally found within them. Alcohol does the same thing, only on a much more efficient scale. It is super effective at extracting all the goodness from the plant material, so you’re left with a potent concentrate.

Why Tinctures?

Tinctures are an excellent way of imbibing herbal supplements not only because of their potency. It’s true that alcohol is an especially efficient menstruum for pulling out a great deal of a plant’s chemicals, but it’s also thanks to the alcohol that the sought after chemicals are able to absorb rather quickly into the blood stream. This means that the effects of a tincture are more quickly felt after being consumed than some other methods.

Additionally, tinctures last a long time and store quite well—especially in cool, dark places—making it easy to keep them tucked away until needed.

What is a CBD Tincture?

A CBD tincture is a Hemp plant extract; an alcohol extract made from industrial Hemp plants, made more or less as outlined above. With a CBD tincture, the primary constituents that we want to extract are the cannabinoids—specifically cannabidiol, or CBD. The cannibinoids dissolve into the alcohol which pulls them out from deep within the plant. When you press out the plant material, what you’re left with is a liquid that is high in cannabidiol: CBD Tincture.

What is a CBD Oil Tincture? 

A CBD Oil Tincture is a Hemp extract that has been mixed with oil in order to make it both more palatable and more easily assimilated into the body. Cannabinoids are fat soluble and by consuming them with healthy fats the body is able to more readily absorb and utilize the CBD.

At Goodness Hemp we blend the CBD extract with organic hemp seed oil, fractionated coconut oil and organic avocado oil.

How Do You Take a Tincture?

Tinctures are taken orally. Usually they come with a dropper and one dropper equals roughly 1mL of the herbal supplement. At Goodness Hemp the droppers include a graduated scale to make dosing easier.

The tincture can either be added to a glass of water or to a drink of your choice, where it will be absorbed into your gut. It can also be added to food.

However, the most effective method of imbibing a tincture is underneath the tongue, where the sublingual gland will absorb the alcohol—and all the plant chemicals—directly into the blood stream. This rapid absorption allows you to feel the results more quickly than most other methods.

Tincture dosages are easy to self-direct, especially once you figure out your response to the tincture.

What are the different strengths available?

CBD tinctures come in varying strengths so you have more flexibility in choosing what is right for you. When purchasing your CBD, look into how many milligrams of CBD are in the bottle. There should also be a breakdown of how much CBD you are getting in each millilitre (or dropperful).

For instance, at Goodness Hemp we offer our Full Spectrum High CBD Oil Tincture in two different strengths: You can choose a 15mL bottle that contains a total of 225mg of CBD. This means that in 1mL (or one dropperful) you will get 15mg of CBD.

Alternatively, we have a much stronger option available in a 15mL bottle that contains 750mg of CBD (that is 525mg more CBD than the lighter strength option, in the same amount of fluid). It is the same strength as our 60mL bottle. Both will have 50mg of CBD per 1mL.

Keep in mind that while stronger tinctures cost more, you get more CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids in each drop, which can make it more cost effective in the long run.

On the other hand, if you don’t need a lot, you may prefer the lighter strength option so you can take a full dropperful when needed (instead of needing to be more scrupulous about measuring small doses off of a higher strength bottle).

It’s up to you! Experiment to figure out what feels the best.