You may have noticed a new word cycling into the mainstream because of the rise in CBD oil popularity. Tincture. A fun word to say, but what does it mean? The most distilled definition is it’s an extract from a plant or animal material dissolved in ethanol. That’s to say, there are all types of tinctures, and they’ve been around for a lot longer than you may think.
Tincture Trivia to Impress Your Friends
Tinctures date back as far as distilled alcohol. Ancient Egyptians soaked herbs in alcohol to create tinctures and cordials (tinctures made with lower alcohol content). When The Canon of Medicine was published in 1025, one of the topics it explained was, you guessed it, the medicinal properties of herbal tinctures. Fast forward a few (hundred) years, and you’ll see this practice adopted by Western medicine. Any number of the elixirs and other drugs commonly found were either cordials or tincture. It wasn’t until pharmacology moved on to advertising pills that the usage of tinctures significantly declined.
What is a CBD Tincture?
Traditionally, tinctures are created by steeping CBD-rich hemp flowers in high-proof grain alcohol. However, there’s a new way of doing things. The CO2 extraction method creates a highly purified CBD isolate that’s then infused into a carrier base, most likely an oil.
This is where labels can get a little confusing. Because of the CO2 extraction method, these oil-based products don’t technically meet the definition of a tincture. But the term has evolved and now encompasses any highly concentrated CBD extraction that comes in a dropper bottle and can be taken under the tongue. This extraction method offers high levels of purity, resulting in an extremely potent product. It also helps distinguish oil-based “tinctures” from other CBD oil products that are used differently.
How to Take a Tincture?
Ever wonder why tinctures are packaged in small bottles with a built-in dropper? That’s because a CBD tincture is concentrated and is designed to be taken in small, measured doses.
Since doses are relatively small, tinctures can be administered in a plethora of ways. The easiest way is to place a couple of drops under your tongue, let it sit there for about 30 seconds, and then swallow. Tinctures even come in flavors! Add some peppermint CBD tincture to your morning coffee, spice up your meal with some cinnamon tincture, or add a dash of citrus tincture to an evening cocktail.
Start conservatively with one drop per day and work your way up. Listen to your body and check-in with how you’re feeling, then add or subtract accordingly.
Benefits of Full Spectrum CBD Tincture
Although CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD all have their place, full-spectrum CBD is the only one that combines all compounds of the hemp plant.
Here’s a breakdown of what the compounds are and their benefits:
Cannabinoids. More than 100 of these, including CBD, are responsible for the therapeutic effects of products.
Terpenes. These affect the plant’s fragrance and can also have therapeutic benefits. It’s similar to how the scent of lavender has a calming effect.
Flavonoids. These are found in all kinds of everyday fruits and veggies, and hemp has about 20 different ones. They also have therapeutic effects that can be attributed to anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
All of this is to say that by their powers combined, you get the most beneficial tincture by having the full spectrum.
CBD has many benefits. But to get the full effects, make sure you get your tincture, any hemp product for that matter, from someone who understands the benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil. They’ll be able to answer all your questions instead of just staring at you like you’re from some other planet. And that in and of itself is the best benefit of all.
Check out our line of full-spectrum tinctures. And email us with any of your questions. We’re all from Earth over here. And happy to help!