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A Beginner’s Guide to CBD Tinctures

CBD tinctures are made by dissolving hemp-derived extracts in alcohol. As CBD usage becomes widespread, tinctures have proven to be one of the hot products.

CBD has a powerful therapeutic property, and it can be ingested in several ways. People love CBD tinctures because of their potency and flavor. They have a profound effect on physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.

CBD tinctures are prepared by dissolving hemp flowers in alcohol, and then further processing. Other solvents like vinegar or glycerine may be used instead of alcohol. CBD tinctures, unlike isolate CBD oils, have an enhanced taste.

Is a CBD Tincture the Same as CBD Oil?

Some people seem to have difficulty separating CBD tincture from CBD oil, and the fact that both have similar preparation and packaging doesn’t help matters. Well, the distinction can be seen in their elements.

While CBD oils are prepared by infusing hemp extracts in carrier oils like coconut oil and MCT oil, CBD tinctures are made by dissolving hemp extracts in alcohol-based solvents. CBD tinctures make for a higher bioavailability, have a long shelf life, and the dosage varies.

CBD Oils                                                           CBD Tinctures
Use an oil carrier as a baseUse alcohol as a base
No flavor enhancementsAvailable in different flavors e.g. vanilla
Best ingestion method: vapingBest ingestion method: edibles
Great for relieving inflammationGreat for relieving stress and anxiety

CBD oils usually have a nutty/earthy flavor, and some people are not fond of that taste, but CBD tinctures are infused with artificial terpenes and flavors, making them more palatable, especially for beginners.

But CBD tinctures are not just for new CBD users. Experienced users favor CBD tinctures too because of their flexibility as far as the ingestion.

How Do I Use a CBD Tincture?

CBD tinctures typically come with a dropper or oral syringe, and if you are a new CBD user, begin with small doses.

An overdose may not result in any negative consequences, but to get the best results, start with a small dose and adjust your intake depending on how your body reacts.

The following are some of the ways you may use a CBD tincture:

Sublingual Ingestion

Research shows that sublingual CBD ingestion causes the most powerful effects. First off, shake the bottle well to ensure the contents are mixed properly, and that there’s enough CBD in each serving.

Using a dropper or an oral syringe, administer the recommended amount of CBD underneath your tongue, and hold for 60 – 90 seconds before you swallow. You may consume it once or twice a day.

Ensure that you buy a flavored CBD tincture so that you don’t develop a hesitation toward consuming CBD regularly.

Holding the tincture under your tongue for at least a minute enhances absorption through the sublingual artery, and the CBD is first carried to your heart, and then to your brain.

Food and Beverages

Maybe you are not fond of how CBD tinctures taste like, regardless of whether or not they are flavored, and you can get around this by consuming them along with your food or drink.

Whether sitting before you is a bowl of soup or salad, a cup of coffee or tea, or a plate of rice, you can infuse them with the tincture. But note that this method lessens the impact of CBD, though.

On the upside, this method makes consuming CBD fun.

Why Can’t I Vape CBD Tinctures?

CBD tinctures are hemp extracts dissolved in alcohol, and they are designed for traditional ingestion, not vaping.

Unless the manufacturer states that you can vape it, avoid vaping CBD tinctures because it can affect your health.

You see, cannabinoids interact very well with body cells, but the base oils used in CBD tinctures have been found to cling onto the lung surface, thus attracting bacteria and increasing vulnerability to lipoid pneumonia.

The alcohol in CBD tinctures enhances the absorption of CBD, and so, CBD tinctures are best ingested via the mouth, and not to be smoked or vaped.

How Do CBD Tinctures Compare to Prescription Drugs?

Research shows that CBD is effective at eliminating various health problems, but the big question is; how does CBD stack up against conventional medicine?

Does CBD do a better job of treating certain ailments than conventional medicine? And if this is the case, are people turning away from OTC drugs in favor of CBD?

CBD might be effective at treating certain health conditions, but this is not to mean that it should take the place of conventional medicine. For the best results, both treatments should be used jointly.

Whether you are preparing for a speech and anxiety is getting the best of you, or you can’t seem to fall (and stay) asleep or are looking to relax after an intense workout, CBD can be most helpful.

But there’s an ocean of other health problems that CBD cannot resolve, and it was best to use conventional medicine.

What’s the Difference Between Strong Tinctures and Weak Tinctures?

Tinctures with high CBD concentration cost more than tinctures with low CBD concentration, but consumers wonder precisely how the differences in CBD concentration affect results.

It’s hard to come up with a standard explanation because different people react differently to CBD concentrations; some people respond best to low CBD concentrations, while others respond best to high CBD concentrations.

But then again, if a CBD tincture contains less than 50mgs CBD per milliliter, that’s a very weak concentration, and the results may be stunted.

People who are new to CBD usually start with weaker concentrations and work their way up.

Can CBD Tinctures Get Me Drunk?

CBD tinctures may contain alcohol, but it is not enough alcohol to get you drunk… well, unless you consume an inordinately large amount of CBD tinctures.

CBD tinctures can be either broad-spectrum or full-spectrum, and some of the additional compounds include CBN, CBG, and terpenes.

The appropriate dosage for you depends on three main factors: your age, your health status, and the medication you are on. If you have a high tolerance for CBD, you might have to ingest a little bit more.

What are the Effects of CBD Tinctures?

The outcome of CBD tinctures varies across people. Some people experience strong effects while others experience weak effects.

Some people also experience the effects in as short a time as 15 minutes while others have to wait for up to an hour to notice changes.

But CBD tinctures have less than 0.3% of THC, and so they cannot get you high. Can you fail a drug test after consuming a CBD tincture? By no means!

Are There Any Side Effects Associated with CBD Tinctures?

We should preface this by acknowledging that the vast majority of CBD users hardly experience any side effects.

However, since a portion of our community experiences these side effects, we are obliged to make mention of them.

  • Nausea: characterized by a feeling of wanting to throw up.
  • Tiredness: feeling lethargic and without physical energy.
  • Irritability: being easily annoyed and having unstable moods.

How Can I Make a CBD Tincture at Home?

If you have a jar, a strainer, distilled alcohol, a heat source, and some hemp flower, you can make your own CBD tincture by following the procedure below.

Step 1: Decarboxylate hemp flower by heating it at 220 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

Step 2: Put the hemp flower in alcohol, mix them, and close the jar. Alcohol will strip CBD from the hemp flower. At room temperature, the extraction may take weeks, but if you heat the mixture, it may take only a few hours.

Step 3: Filter out the plant material and impurities, and store your CBD tincture.

Note that you can also make a CBD tincture by using glycerin. You just put hemp flower in a mason jar along with glycerine, and place the jar in the freezer for several weeks, not forgetting to shake it at least once a day. Finally, use a coffee filter to strain the tincture.

What are the Benefits of CBD Tinctures?

The extraction and sale of CBD became legal in 2018, thanks to the passing of the Farm Bill. Scientists have forayed into CBD and discovered the following benefits:

Can treat various health problems

CBD tinctures can help you overcome certain health problems like pain, inflammation, unstable moods, stress, anxiety, and depression.

You can consume precisely the amount you want

CBD tinctures can be taken at whatever pace you like. You can match your daily serving to your specific needs.

They are flexible

Unlike CBD capsules, CB tinctures are pretty versatile. You may ingest them sublingually, mix them with food and drink, or simply swallow the tincture.

Great Taste

Some people are hesitant about taking CBD because of its flat taste. Well, CBD tinctures are infused with terpenes and flavonoids to spice up their taste, making them more palatable.

Excellent Absorption

CBD tinctures are formulated with base oils that enhance the absorption of CBD, and this leads to fast and powerful effects.


You can stuff a CBD tincture in your pocket and carry it everywhere. CBD can be tremendously helpful during terrible days.