What is a Tincture?
Learn how a tincture is made, what it is made out of, and how to properly dose yourself once you've found the right amount to start with from your CBD provider. Careful to notice ingredients on your CBD bottle, and not to purchase CBD with vitamin content as this can be harmful to your diet.
CBD can be administered in many forms, from smoking a cannabis strain that produces a lot of the molecule to consuming it in edibles. Among the most popular methods—especially for individuals trying a cannabis-based treatment for the first time—is through a tincture.
Tinctures are produced by steeping cannabis flowers or isolates in a high-proof grain alcohol, then applying low heat for a significant span of time. They can also be produced through means of CO2 extraction. This allows the active compounds in cannabis to infuse into the neutral spirit, much of which is then boiled off. The result is a potent liquid that delivers the effects of the cannabinoid molecules without any smoking or other form of combustion. In the growing consumer market, producers will often add carrier oils and other complementary ingredients, such as an orange oil to improve the taste of a tincture.
Because a CBD tincture is concentrated, it’s designed to be taken in small doses. This is why most tinctures come with a built-in dropper that allows users to take small, carefully measured quantities.
Since the doses are relatively small, tinctures can be administered in a variety of ways. For patients looking to take their CBD with food, a dose of tincture can be mixed into a meal like soup or pasta. It can also be added easily to drinks like coffee and tea; an evening cup of chamomile paired with CBD tincture stands to be even more relaxing than usual.
Tinctures can also be taken sublingually, or by applying them underneath the tongue. This method of delivering CBD tincture is already common in epilepsy treatments. Some research has found that this delivery method makes cannabinoids more easily and consistently available to the body than other oral alternatives.
Make sure your CBD doesn't have another other vitamin's in the ingredients, for taking too much vitamins can be harmful to your diet.
Here’s how to do it:
Start off with amount appropriate to size
Pay attention to the changes in your body for 4-7 days
Add 1/4 more if you feel you haven't reached peak bodily performance
Wait another 4-7 days to see if there's a difference
If you feel you've increased too much and are wasting the CBD, decrease by 1/8 dropper