CBD Tinctures Guide: Uses, Benefits, Servings, and More
Some of the most popular CBD oil products come in liquid form, including tinctures.
CBD tinctures are liquid-form cannabidiol oil products that are made by combining hemp-derived CBD oil with vegetable glycerin or another type of nutritious oil. This combination creates a liquid-form CBD product that makes it very simple to add CBD to your daily health routine.
CBD tinctures are a great choice for both CBD beginners and CBD enthusiasts looking to increase their intake throughout the day. In this easy-to-follow CBD tinctures guide, we lay out everything you need to know about these popular CBD products so that you can decide whether they’re the right CBD product for you.
What is a CBD Tincture?
Cannabinoid products such as CBD tinctures and CBD liquids allow users to ingest our award-winning CBD oil in a versatile liquid form. CBD tinctures and liquids are made by blending high-quality hemp-derived CBD oil with other nutritious oils or vegetable glycerine.
CBD oil that’s been extracted from the plant naturally has a viscous consistency, so CBD tinctures combine CBD oil with another more liquified nutritious oil to make it easier to get your daily serving of CBD.
What is the Difference Between CBD Oil and CBD Tinctures?
Those new to CBD are often curious about the differences between CBD oil and CBD tinctures. CBD oil is the pure extract of the native hemp plant, with no additives to dilute the purity of the extract. A CBD tincture, on the other hand, combines that pure extract with another nutritious oil.
By adding nutritious oil, CBD tinctures can also be infused with natural flavoring. This makes CBD tinctures a much more approachable product for CBD beginners, as CBD liquids often have an earthy and natural flavor that may not be palatable for everyone.
However, that does not mean that CBD tinctures are only for first-time CBD users. Experienced CBD users are drawn to CBD tinctures because of how versatile they are, allowing individuals to ingest CBD in a variety of ways.
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CBD Tincture Effects and Benefits
CBD tinctures and liquids are used as a daily wellness product in order to support the overall balance of our bodies.
More specifically, CBD tinctures support the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a system in the human body that primarily works to regulate and maintain balance. The ECS uses chemical messengers to keep your body functioning at its peak, regulating a wide range of functions. An endocannabinoid system that is operating on all cylinders can help your body optimize its efficiency and stay balanced, allowing you to feel your best.
So what does CBD tincture do? Once absorbed into the bloodstream, the CBD found in CBD tinctures supports the regulations of your bodily functions through interactions with cannabinoid receptors found within your body.
CBD shares a similar molecular structure to the body’s own naturally occurring endocannabinoids, which allows CBD to interact with the endocannabinoid system and its receptors. By stimulating these receptors, CBD helps activate the endocannabinoid system, allowing your body to maintain homeostasis.
Do CBD Tinctures Have Intoxicating Properties?
CBD tinctures do not have any intoxicating properties and will not result in any psychoactive effects. Hemp oil tinctures contain no more than trace levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive compound present in marijuana that produces euphoric properties.
Therefore, the lack of THC in CBD tinctures means that the product is non-intoxicating and you can incorporate the natural benefits of CBD oil tinctures into your daily health routine without any concern that they will cause euphoric effects.
Our CBD oil tinctures and CBD liquids contain no more than 0.3% THC, far below the amount needed to cause intoxication. If you would prefer to avoid all exposure to detectable THC, we provide CBD tinctures and CBD liquids made from 99% pure CBD isolate. Our RSHO-X™ Liquid contains no measurable amounts of THC.
Advantages of CBD Tinctures
Hemp oil tinctures and liquids offer a number of CBD oil benefits that make them popular choices for both CBD beginners and experienced consumers. Below we continue our CBD tinctures guide by explaining a few of the primary advantages CBD tinctures offer.
Easily Adjustable CBD Serving Sizes
Unlike premeasured CBD products, CBD tinctures put the power in the user’s hands. You get to determine exactly how much CBD you will consume at any given time, letting you decide for yourself the ideal daily CBD serving for your specific needs.
CBD Tinctures are Versatile
CBD liquids and tinctures offer greater versatility than many other types of CBD products. CBD tincture uses are vast, as you can place the liquid extract beneath your tongue, add a drop of CBD to your meals, or simply swallow the CBD tincture.
CBD Tinctures Offer an Affordable CBD Option
If you are new to CBD, CBD tinctures offer an affordable starting point. Not only is the price point low, but CBD tinctures also let new users start with a CBD product that has a low concentration of CBD, allowing them to determine their ideal serving size.
CBD Tinctures Offer Excellent CBD Absorption
CBD liquids and tinctures are often formulated with MCT oil, an oil that helps CBD absorb into the bloodstream. By combining MCT oil with CBD, CBD liquids and tinctures assure that a higher percentage of CBD finds its way into your bloodstream, while also boosting the rate of absorption.
CBD Tinctures Do Not Need to Be Refrigerated
CBD tinctures and liquids don’t need to be refrigerated after opening, so you can keep them where you are most likely to need them. Whether you are working, exercising at the gym, driving your kids to school, or lying in bed, you can store a CBD tincture easily within reach without worrying about the product going bad.
An Easily Portable CBD Product
CBD tinctures come in ultra-compact bottles with a convenient dropper top, allowing you to easily take your CBD with you. Whether that means taking CBD tinctures with you when you travel or during your day-to-day errands, the lightweight bottle will never be a hindrance.
CBD Tinctures Come in Delicious Flavors
CBD tinctures are available in various all-natural flavors that are delicious and delightful to consume. Some of our most popular flavors include cooling peppermint, sweet strawberry, and creamy vanilla.
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CBD Oil Tinctures
Our CBD tinctures combine CBD oil and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. The MCT oil found in these CBD tinctures comes from wholesome organic coconut oil and provides healthy fatty acids while helping the body better absorb CBD.
Providing roughly 4-16 mg of CBD per serving, CBD oil tinctures offer the lowest CBD concentration of hemp oil products, making them a popular choice for those just starting out with CBD.
Below, take a look at our recommended CBD tinctures guide to help you find the perfect CBD tincture for you. Choose between reputable CBD brands such as Real Scientific Hemp Oil® (RSHO®) and Dixie Botanicals®.
Green Label RSHO® CBD Tincture
Our Green Label CBD tincture from RSHO® combines our raw full-spectrum CBD oil with MCT oil extracted from coconut oil. The Green Label is an excellent source of fatty acids, as well as CBD.
Blue Label RSHO® Tincture
Our Blue Label CBD tincture blends MCT oil with CBD oil that has been decarboxylated, a heating process that increases CBD concentration while retaining the many nutrients found in hemp.
Gold Label RSHO® Tincture
Along with MCT oil, the Gold Label CBD tincture contains CBD oil that has been decarboxylated. However, Gold Label tincture also purifies the CBD oil to remove excess plant material, offering a more refined taste.
Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drop Tincture
Blending our broad-spectrum CBD oil with MCT oil, Dew Drop tinctures are vegan and soy-free. These popular low dose tinctures come in a variety of natural flavor options, including vanilla, strawberry, tangerine, and peppermint, giving users a more enjoyable CBD experience.
Recommended CBD Liquids Guide
Medical Marijuana, Inc. RSHO® Liquids are created by mixing our popular CBD oil with MCT oil, providing high concentrations of CBD along with essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids.
RSHO® Liquid comes in four different options, allowing users to choose the type of CBD liquid that best suits their specific needs. These CBD liquids are essentially CBD tinctures that are packaged in larger bottles for a more efficient everyday CBD serving routine. Below, learn more about our four recommended RSHO® CBD Liquids. All RSHO® Liquids come in an amber glass jar for optimal preservation.
Green Label CBD Liquid
Our Green Label Liquid contains unadulterated, raw hemp oil extracted straight from the hemp plant. Having not undergone any filtration or decarboxylation process, Green Label is naturally higher in cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) and contains many other essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and the other natural components of hemp.
Blue Label CBD Liquid
Blue Label Liquid contains hemp oil that is decarboxylated, a heating process that converts the CBDa in raw hemp oil into active CBD to increase the oil’s CBD content. Blue Label retains hemp’s valuable chlorophyll, dietary nutrients, and other plant materials.
Gold Label CBD Liquid
The hemp oil found in our Gold Label RSHO® Liquid is decarboxylated and has been put through an additional clean filtering process that eliminates most of the plant material.
RSHO-X™ CBD Liquid
RSHO-X™ CBD Liquid is a popular cannabidiol oil product that is made with 99% pure CBD isolate, rather than full-spectrum hemp oil. This allows this product to offer the versatility of a CBD liquid without any measurable amounts of THC.
How to Use CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures and liquids are popular types of CBD products for people of all ages because of how easy they are to use. As a versatile liquid, both CBD tinctures and CBD liquids can be taken in multiple ways. Below, our CBD tinctures guide provides instructions on the three main ways to use CBD tinctures.
Placed Under the Tongue
For the fastest possible absorption, place the liquid under your tongue for 60-90 seconds. You can then swallow any remaining CBD, which will be absorbed through the digestive system.
Swallowed on Their Own
When you swallow to ingest CBD tinctures and CBD liquids, the CBD passes through your digestive tract before being delivered to your bloodstream.
Blended Into Foods and Drinks
CBD liquids, in particular, lend themselves well to any prepared food or beverage. Add your serving of CBD to soups, dressings, or a morning smoothie. However, try to avoid cooking with CBD products because exposing CBD oil to high heat can diminish its potency.
What is the Best Way to Use CBD Liquids?
There is reason to believe that taking your RSHO® Liquid with food may increase its efficacy. A study on a sprayable cannabinoid product that was absorbed first sublingually and then in the digestive tract after being swallowed demonstrated the positive effects of eating before taking a CBD product. The results of the study showed that bioavailability was 4-fold higher for CBD when taken after a meal. Therefore, to maximize the efficiency of your CBD liquids, you want to use CBD with food.
CBD Tincture Serving Suggestions
Our CBD tinctures guide would be incomplete without diving into the topic of how much CBD tincture you should take. There is no perfect “serving” of CBD tinctures in the traditional sense. The right serving size of CBD oil tinctures depends on your individual needs and preferences. Ultimately, the amount of hemp oil tincture you take every day is up to you.
The FDA, which is ultimately responsible for defining Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), has not yet created an RDI for CBD oil products like CBD tinctures. To comply with FDA regulations, we do not list an RDI of our own.
However, to help provide some guidance as you first start taking your CBD product, Medical Marijuana, Inc. does offer suggested CBD tincture serving sizes, available on the labels of each of our hemp oil tincture products. These suggested CBD tincture servings are meant to serve as a starting point, to help you figure out the right CBD tincture serving for you and your individual wellness needs.
Our “suggested serving size” of CBD tincture and CBD liquid varies depending on the product. You’ll find the following serving suggestions on the label of each of our products:
- Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drops CBD Tinctures (1-Ounce Bottle): Half a dropper, or 1 mL
- Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drops CBD Tinctures (2-Ounce Bottle): 2 droppers, or 2 mL
- RSHO® Blue Label CBD Hemp Oil Tincture: ¼ teaspoon
- RSHO® Green Label and Gold Label CBD Hemp Oil Tinctures: 1 full dropper, or 1 mL
- RSHO® Green Label, Blue Label, Gold Label Liquids & RSHO-X™: ¾ teaspoon
When starting a new CBD tincture routine, it is best to begin with a small serving size and then gradually increase your daily intake as needed. How much you increase your CBD serving will depend on how you feel. It can take a couple of minutes to a couple of hours for the natural CBD tincture effects to appear, depending on whether you swallow it or take it under your tongue.
Keep in mind, there is no one ideal CBD tincture serving, and the serving size that is the ideal amount of cannabinoid oil for you can often be different than the amount that works for others. This “start low, go slow” CBD tincture serving technique will help you comfortably find the right amount of daily CBD for you.
How to Order CBD Tinctures
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Everything You Need to Know About CBD Tinctures
Despite its relatively recent place in our collective consciousness, CBD has been at work delivering its calming agents as far back as the ‘80s by some estimates and the ancient world by others. With it, an almost endless menu of formulations has emerged—from capsules and oils to lotions and seltzer—each promising an even more effective dose of CBD than the last.
Tinctures, though, remain somewhat shrouded in mystery, in part because of their old-school apothecary-style packaging, but more likely because of how they’re taken: a few drops at a time, under the tongue.
Here, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., an expert on herbal medicine and women’s health, and Kevin Hill, M.D., Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, get to the bottom of CBD tinctures’ mystique.
But first, a little CBD 101…
What is it?
The cannabis plant has hundreds of chemicals in it, including more than 120 cannabinoids, Hill explains. Of those cannabinoids, two are most familiar: THC, which produces the euphoric effects or “high” people experience from marijuana, and cannabidiol or CBD, which has some anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure, anxiety-relieving and analgesic properties, according to Low Dog.
At a plant level, the two chemicals operate as opposites, with CBD acting as a buffer of sorts to the effects of THC. “It’s sort of a ying and yang. THC is responsible for the high and CBD doesn’t do that,” Hill explains.
What are tinctures specifically?
An herbal tincture is made by using a mixture of alcohol and water to extract compounds from a plant—in this case, the cannabis plant.
“Sometimes, you will find extracts called tinctures that use glycerin, vinegar, or oil as the solvent, instead of alcohol,” Low Dog says. “These offer the advantage of being alcohol-free, but may not always offer the same potency as an alcohol-water extract.”
How are CBD tinctures made and what are the benefits of using them?
CBD tinctures are generally made from high CBD strains of hemp, with 60 to 70 percent alcohol, and are primarily used to help relieve anxiety or ease pain. “Tinctures are convenient, have a long shelf life, and are absorbed easily when taken under the tongue. The dose can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the number of drops taken,” notes Low Dog.
And though there’s a lot of promise with CBD preparations of all kinds, Hill says there’s still a lot of research to be done.
“The rate and scale of the research just hasn’t kept pace with the interest at this point. A lot of the medical uses for cannabidiol are backed by animal studies only or really no studies. So that’s where it can be a problem.”
So are there side effects?
“At the end of the day [CBD] is a fairly safe compound,” Hill says. “Although, we still need to know a lot more about it, like how it interacts with other medications people may be taking and what are the long-term effects,” he adds. And perhaps his biggest concern: “Sometimes people want to use it instead of evidence-based treatment and that can be a problem clinically in certain situations.”
CBD tincture vs. CBD oil—which is better?
According to Low Dog, a tincture may offer a broader range of compounds from hemp than an oil extraction. “Consumers who are alcohol-sensitive often prefer hemp oil over tincture. While both can be used topically, hemp oil is generally easier to apply and less irritating,” she says.
On that note, Hill cautions to know what you’re getting: “If you’re rubbing a CBD cream onto your skin, it’s not going to be absorbed into your bloodstream,” he says. “It can operate as a local anti-inflammatory, like other over-the-counter products… but CBD may not provide any more relief than those products, and it probably will be considerably more expensive.”
How do you know what you’re getting? What should you look for?
“Quality is always an issue, especially in a relatively young market, such as the cannabis market,” Low Dog says. And she’s right. A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that out of the commercially available CBD products, only 30 percent were accurately labeled.
“Many of them had more CBD than they were supposed to and many had less; some had none,” Hill notes. He suggests shopping organic—as a bio-accumulator, the cannabis plant will be affected by heavy metals and contaminants in soil—and broad-spectrum, meaning it includes the full range of phytocannabinoids, minus the THC.
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How to use CBD tincture and CBD oil
For first-time users and more experienced consumers alike, the vast array of cannabidiol (CBD) products available today can easily become a bit confusing.
The United States market is saturated with a seemingly endless number of CBD products, particularly since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. These CBD products include everything from the ever-popular CBD gummy to CBD topicals, CBD drops, CBD soft gels, CBD pre-rolls, tinctures, and oils, giving consumers numerous ways to take CBD. With so many options, it’s important to remember that there is no universal best way to consume CBD — it’s all about trying things out and discovering what works best for you.
Despite the wide availability of CBD products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to establish an official serving size for CBD, so dosing and consumption methods are a matter of individual preference and need. For those who want a more precise dosing method, CBD tincture and CBD oil are two good options. Read on to learn more about CBD tinctures and CBD oils, how they work, and how to use them.
CBD tincture vs CBD oil
One of the potentially confusing areas in the world of CBD has to do with CBD tincture vs CBD oil. The primary difference between the two has to do with how they are produced.
Tinctures are made using alcohol as a solvent. Plant material is soaked in high-proof alcohol for an extended period of time. As it soaks, the alcohol pulls out many of the chemicals contained in the plant material. The final product contains a very high percentage of alcohol plus all the chemicals extracted from the plant — including cannabinoids and terpenes. Producers sometimes add flavors, sweeteners, essential oils, or other chemicals to the final product to enhance the flavor or create a different set of effects.
CBD oil is a cannabis extract in oil form. There are many different methods for extracting compounds from cannabis. Many CBD products today are made using a supercritical CO2 extraction process to pull out all the cannabinoids and terpenes. The extracted compounds are then processed into the final CBD oil product. In some cases, producers will remove THC or other cannabinoids and terpenes, so that the final product contains only CBD.
You may occasionally see CBD oil labeled as hemp oil. Typically, when you see this, it is because the CBD oil was extracted from a hemp plant, which is defined as a cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC. This type of hemp oil is basically the same as any other type of CBD oil. The only thing to watch out for is hemp seed oil. This is an oil made exclusively from the plant’s seeds, and while hemp seed oil is nutritious, it does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil is not CBD oil, so carefully read the label to be sure you’re getting the right product.
Ultimately, tinctures and CBD oil are similar in that they are both liquid forms of CBD extract, which can both be consumed in a variety of ways. The main differences have to do with how they are produced, and the type of liquid used to deliver the CBD to a consumer’s body.
How to take CBD oil
There are numerous ways to take CBD oil. For many users, this is one of the benefits of CBD oil. Some of the more common ways include dropping the CBD oil directly into your mouth or letting the CBD oil soak in under your tongue. Similarly, you can mix it into other foods and beverages to create your own CBD edibles. In some cases, depending on the oil and the reason the oil is being used, consumers may apply it topically. Finally, there are also some versions of CBD oil that have been mixed with a carrier oil, making it suitable for use in vape pens. If you are using one of these products, make sure that the oil you purchase is compatible with your vape pen and from a well-known, established producer.
There is no single best way to take CBD oil. It simply depends on your own personal preferences and reasons for taking CBD oil. Experiment to discover what works best for you.
What is a CBD tincture?
A tincture is a concentrated plant extract made by soaking plant material in a potable alcohol solvent for several weeks. As it soaks, the solvent pulls out many of the chemical compounds in the plant material, creating a substance that is rich in the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other chemicals produced by the cannabis plant.
A tincture is a concentrated plant extract crafted by soaking the plant in a solvent such as alcohol or food-grade oils for several weeks. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The first official record of cannabis tinctures used in Western medicine appeared in an 1843 medical journal. The journal featured a recipe, and soon after its publication, apothecaries and medicine producers began to make and sell their own versions of the product.
CBD tinctures are geared specifically toward pulling out high levels of cannabidiol from the plant. From there, it can be refined in different ways so that the final product can include various combinations and concentrations of other cannabinoids and terpenes.
How do CBD tinctures work?
CBD tinctures are usually taken sublingually and absorbed into the bloodstream by capillaries in the cheek, gums, and under the tongue. To promote maximal absorption, the liquid should be rubbed into the tissue inside your mouth. After letting it soak under your tongue, you can swallow the tincture so that the remainder of the CBD is absorbed through your digestive system. Once in your bloodstream, the CBD in the tincture interacts with your endocannabinoid system, potentially helping your body self-regulate and achieve homeostasis.
CBD tinctures are usually taken sublingually and absorbed into the bloodstream by capillaries in the cheek, gums, and under the tongue. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Why use CBD tinctures?
In recent years, tinctures have become an increasingly popular way to take CBD. There are many benefits to using CBD tinctures. First, they are easy to dose, as you can easily figure out and adjust the amount of CBD you need to achieve your desired results.
For example, a 30-milliliter bottle of CBD that contains 300 milligrams of CBD has 10 milligrams of CBD per one-milliliter dropper, the standard size for most bottle droppers. Knowing that, you can choose to use half a dropper (five milligrams) or whatever amount you desire and then adjust your dose with each use, as needed.
Another benefit of CBD tinctures is their high bioavailability, meaning the body is able to effectively utilize more of the cannabinoids in a tincture administered sublingually (held under your tongue for 15 minutes). Compared to other consumption methods and products, tinctures can deliver the same effects with a lower dose, cutting down on possible side effects, and saving money.
A tincture is also a smokeless, vapeless alternative that mitigates the potential harms associated with smoking and using a vape pen. There’s also virtually zero cleanup involved with a tincture, even when taken with morning coffee or an afternoon tea, making it an especially easy way to consume CBD.
There’s also virtually zero cleanup involved with a tincture, even when taken with morning coffee or an afternoon tea. Photo by: (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Finally, it’s basically impossible to overdose on CBD, regardless of what form it’s in. Studies found that CBD had no adverse side effects at amounts up to 1200 milligrams daily, even when taken for several months.
How to use a CBD tincture
Before consuming, shake the bottle to ensure that the solution is fully mixed, then use the dropper to measure out the dosage you want to take. From there, the most effective way to do it is to squeeze the dosage under your tongue. Hold the liquid in your mouth for up to 15 minutes, rub it into the tissue of your mouth to maximize absorption, then swallow.
Wait approximately 60 to 90 minutes to evaluate the dose’s effects. If you need more, take another dropper-full and repeat the above steps. It’s helpful to consume CBD with a high-fat meal or snack, as CBD is fat-soluble, and the fat increases its absorption by four to five times.
What to keep in mind
When taking CBD tincture, keep the following pointers in mind to maximize its effects.
Have a specific goal that you want to achieve with CBD, as this will help you determine the best product and dose for your particular needs. Start with a low dose, and slowly work your way up until you find the optimal dose for you and your goals. Your weight, body chemistry, and genetics all affect how CBD works on your system, so pay attention to what feels best to you, and what enables you to accomplish your objectives.
Remember that a tincture is likely to have a double onset. The first onset will happen very quickly as the CBD is absorbed into your bloodstream through the tissue in your mouth, and the second onset will occur later, when the CBD you swallowed is finally absorbed via the digestive tract.
Read the label to understand more about the CBD in your tincture. Remember there are many different products available today, so pay attention to the type of CBD extract you’re purchasing. There are three primary types of extract:
CBD means the CBD was extracted along with all other cannabis-derived terpenes and cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC
- Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains the same array of cannabinoids and terpenes as full-spectrum CBD, but it is entirely THC free is made by stripping away all cannabinoids and terpenes, leaving behind only pure CBD
One final note: if you’re currently taking medication, it’s important to discuss CBD use with your doctor to determine if there might be any possible interactions between the CBD and your medication.
Recent legal changes have made it easier than ever to access CBD. As a result, there is a seemingly endless variety of products to choose from, delivery methods for getting CBD into your body, and ways to consume CBD.
Whether it’s CBD gummies, drops, soft gels, capsules, flower, pre-rolled joints, oils, or anything else, the key is to understand what each different product is, so that you can get the right CBD product for you and your body. Experiment with different products and try out one dosage after another until you discover how much CBD you need and which types of products are best in order to achieve your ideal CBD journey.