Before we get into the nitty-gritty, just a quick reminder: Like any new supplement, it’s important to talk to your doctor before starting a CBD regime. CBD isn’t ideal for everyone, and it can interact with certain medications, such as Warfarin. Make sure a medical professional knows exactly what you’re taking and in what combination before you start experimenting with CBD in any form.
Over time, the solvent used to make tinctures has changed, but the basic method has remained the same. “In traditional herbal remedies, tinctures were most often made with alcohol,” says Jessie Kater, senior vice president of manufacturing at Curaleaf, a cannabis company lead by practitioners, pharmacists, and medical experts. “Today most cannabinoid tinctures use food grade plant-based oils and flavors as a solvent.”
Wondering how much should you take? This is a bit of a tricky question, as there are no official dosing guidelines for CBD. Dr. Steve Patierno, Chair of CuraLeaf’s Medical Advisory Board and the Deputy Director of the Duke Cancer Institute, suggests starting with a lower strength product and taking just 1 milliliter. (For a 30-milliliter bottle that’s likely a full dropper, but check the bottle to be sure.) You can always take a bit more next time if you don’t feel the effects.
Should I use tinctures instead of other CBD products?
While there’s not a ton of research out there yet, what CBD could give you is possible relief from stress, joint pain due to inflammation, or a better night’s rest.
By now you’ve probably seen thousands of them, whether on specialty store shelves or while scrolling through your Instagram feed. Most are self-explanatory—like CBD lotion, which is obviously something you just rub on your skin, and gummies and cookies. Just pop them in your mouth and enjoy.
In very simplified terms, a tincture is a concentrated herbal extract that’s made by soaking herbs in a liquid. Over several weeks, the fluid becomes infused with herbal extracts, and when the herbs are strained out, you get a potent, ingestible tincture.
What they are, what they do, and what you should know before buying one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For first-time users and more experienced consumers alike, the vast array of cannabidiol (CBD) products available today can easily become a bit confusing.