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    by Jason Higgins November 25, 2020 7 min read

    CBD tincture refers to a potent extract, obtained from dissolving hemp flowers with high amounts of CBD in alcohol. Generally, most CBD tincture products are available in a half or full ounce bottle and come with a dropper for easy dosing. A large variety of CBD tinctures contain 10% to 25% CBD.

    Thanks to their speed of absorption, potency and convenient use, CBD tinctures are becoming increasingly popular as a remedy to a number of physical and mental health conditions. Let’s explore how CBD tinctures work and some of the medical and therapeutic benefits they can have on your well-being.

    How Does CBD Tincture Work?

    Research studies reveal that full-spectrum CBD tinctures can help relieve chronic pain as they influence the endocannabinoid receptor activity and interact with neurotransmitters to reduce inflammation. Our body’s ECS or the endocannabinoid system regulates all body functions like appetite, pain, sleep, and mood. Thus, the combination of THC and CBD can help relieve pain associated with medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

    Let’s dive deeper into some of the benefits of using CBD tinctures and how they can help.

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    What Are CBD Tinctures Used For?

    Due to their inherent benefits; CBD tinctures are widely used for a range of medical (and emotional) applications. Doctors have highlighted CBD as a potential tool in helping combat cancer by inhibiting tumor and cell growth and reducing inflammation. Using CBD oil and tinctures can also aid in treating several medical conditions, such as:

    • Anxiety and Depression
    • Bowel disorders
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • Autoimmune diseases
    • Acne
    • Diabetes
    • Insomnia
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
    • Nausea
    • Mad cow disease
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Inflammation and Chronic pain
    • PTSD or Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Schizophrenia

    Using CBD Tincture For PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety

    Many people fighting with anxiety, depression, and PTSD report positive effects from using CBD oil and tinctures. In fact, the use of CBD tincture is becoming increasingly popular among veterans who may face depression and anxiety due to previous combat experiences. Recent reports from the World Health Organization reveal that depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide.

    Luckily, premium-quality CBD products like tinctures serve as effective natural treatments for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression among people living with PTSD, including veterans.

    CBD tinctures are also helpful in treating depression-induced insomnia, thanks to its powerful antidepressant-like effects and ability to stimulate the brain’s receptors for serotonin that regulate social behavior and mood disorders.

    Most people don’t realize that a pure full-spectrum CBD tincture contains not just CBD but multiple terpenes, cannabinoids, and vitamins; making it a great method for bringing relief to PTSD sufferers and individuals dealing with chronic inflammation, epilepsy, anxiety, and insomnia.

    CBD Tincture For Treating Acne

    Overproduction of sebum and inflammation can trigger bouts of acne which affects more than 9% of the U.S. population. Since CBD tinctures boast excellent anti-inflammatory properties, these products can be a powerful tool in treating acne.

    A Few Other Reasons To Try CBD Tinctures

    In addition to the above medical benefits, here are just a few other reasons why you should consider using CBD Tinctures:

    Measuring Standard Dosage

    • Because tinctures come with a built-in dropper it makes it easier to figure out how much to take and then adjust the dose as needed.

    Provides Fast-Action Results

    • Because CBD tinctures offer quicker relief and have a longer shelf life when compared to other products like edibles; they can be a great option for people searching for a clean, efficient and natural alternative to relieve stress or pain.

    High Bioavailability

    • Because the body is able to capitalize on more of the cannabinoids when CBD is taken sublingually; tinctures have the ability to deliver similar effects at lower doses when compared to other consumption methods.
    hemp plant used to make cbd tincture

    CBD Tincture vs CBD Oil: What’s The Difference?

    Whatever your lifestyle, preference, or needs there’s a form of CBD for you. CBD oil and tincture are the most common among CBD enthusiasts.

    Although many people often use the terms CBD tincture and CBD oil interchangeably and both offer a range of similar benefits to the user; there are key differences when it comes to the extraction process and finished product. While both products fall into the ‘oils’ category; a tincture can be an oil but not all oils are tinctures.

    • For creating CBD oil: manufacturers dilute cannabis plant extracts using a carrier oil, which increases the product's bioavailability. Many CBD manufacturers choose coconut oil for this part of the process, but others also use some plant-based oils such as grape seed oil, olive oil, and flaxseed oil.
    • For CBD tinctures: hemp and cannabis extracts soaked in an alcohol and water base, go into the tincture production. Generally, isopropyl alcohol or distilled-grain ethyl alcohol is used to separate cannabinoids from the plant extract and then dissolved. This method (also referred to as ethanol or alcohol extraction) is used by many manufacturers because it serves as a preservative which increases the shelf life of the tincture, helps maintain the purity of the CBD, and makes the product easier to absorb by the body.
    • Supercritical CO2 extraction: While the alcohol extraction method might be quicker; many of the top tier CBD brands utilize a process referred to as ‘supercritical carbon dioxide extraction’ to make their products. With this method, liquid CO2 acts as a solvent that is forced through the plant (extracting essential active compounds) and then removed. Supercritical CO2 extraction is considered the most used and best possible method for extracting CBD because it’s cleaner, delivers a more concentrated product and ensures the CBD is the purest it can be while containing no harmful contaminants. It’s also a healthier option; as users might be sensitive to alcohol or alcohol based products.

    However, aside from the alcohol base, there are other differences between CBD oils and CBD tinctures. For example, many CBD tinctures utilize herbal extracts, flavoring agents, and essential oils like peppermint or vanilla for boosting the health benefits and taste.

    The potency is another factor that makes CBD tincture different from CBD oils. For that reason, tinctures are great for adding to edibles, beverages, and CBD cocktails. Many people enjoy consuming tinctures by adding them into their coffee, tea, or favorite drink. You can also add them into your favorite beverages or your baked dishes; just make sure you’re using a water-soluble product.

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    Finding A Tincture You Can Trust

    There are a lot of CBD tincture products available on the market and if you don’t know what you are looking for; finding the right one for your needs can be tricky. While it can be tempting to try to save money, you should steer clear of cheap products from unknown brands. To make sure you’re buying a top quality product you can trust; look for brands that offer third-party testing information and a Certificate of Analysis (COA). In some cases, this information is available on the product label or the brand’s website. Check to see if they are testing for things like potency, residual solvents, residual pesticides, microbial, and terpenes.

    Getting The Most Out Of Your CBD Tincture

    cbd oil tincture productSublingual tincture is one of the fastest methods to start enjoying the benefits of your CBD. The veins under your tongue absorb the droplets, and they enter into your digestive system through the bloodstream. This effect makes this method of consumption an ideal choice for those that need help sleeping or in need of quick relief from chronic pain.

    Understanding how to consume tinctures properly can help make sure you get the most out of your CBD. Here are a few tips for how to use tinctures:

    1. Use the provided dropper to squeeze your dose of cannabidiol drops under your tongue as per your recommended dose. Remember one full dropper equals the dosing written on your product.
    2. Breathe deeply through your nose and slosh it around with your tongue.
    3. Ideally, you should swallow the tincture after thirty seconds.

    Here are a few other suggestions to help maximize your CBD Tincture experience:

    • Check the instructions on the bottle.
    • Store your CBD Tincture in a cool, dry place.
    • Tinctures should be used consistently (generally 1-2 times a day) to experience the full effects.
    • Remember to shake well before using it.
    • Because CBD Tinctures are very potent, if it’s your first time; start small and then adjust the dosage accordingly.

    Although many CBD tinctures contain very small amounts of THC, they offer relaxing effects that can calm your racing mind. So it’s generally a good idea to avoid planning on doing anything that requires you to be at a high level of alert such as driving until you fully understand how it might affect you.

    While the effects can depend on the person; CBD tinctures are safe to use and don’t have any extreme side effects. However, monitoring your condition and dosage can help in getting the most out of your CBD.

    What to Remember When Buying CBD Tincture

    When using CBD tinctures for relieving pain or other conditions such as insomnia, depression, PTSD, or depression, remember to go for the best product and a brand you can trust. Similar to other supplements, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor about incorporating CBD into your treatments if you are dealing with those conditions. Doing your research and looking at product and brand reviews can also help. Never buy a cheap product because it may contain impurities or toxins that can harm your physical and general health. And remember to buy products that come with adequate information about the sourcing and testing procedures.

    Now that you know how CBD tinctures work and their many benefits, you’re equipped to start looking for the right product for you and be ready for whatever the world throws at you.

    Whether you’re new to the world of CBD or looking for a fast acting product you can trust to help you feel better; Easy Day Hemp offers a wide selection of CBD Tincture and Oils to get you started.

     

    Disclaimer: The FDA has not evaluated these statements. Our CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Consult your physician before taking any new supplements or beginning a new treatment plan. Must be 18+ years older to consume.

    Jason Higgins
    Jason Higgins


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