CBD Tinctures: The Ultimate Guide to Using CBD Oil

Tinctures are the classic method for administering the newest trend in wellness; CBD. Consumers have reported using CBD oil alleviates the severity of headaches, muscle aches, trouble sleeping, anxiety, epilepsy and more. If consumers vote with their wallets, then the consensus is clear; CBD oil is sought after and loved by consumers who use it. The current market for CBD is about $1 billion and is predicted to expand to more than 20 times that number in the coming years. One factor that has led CBD to not take off as fast as many investors and proponents originally hoped is the slow and cumbersome regulatory response to CBD products by the Food and Drug Administration. The regulatory vacuum has also proven a place for unscrupulous vendors to sell mislabeled or inaccurately represented products; shamelessly cashing in on a genuine consumer interest in an effective product.  The increasing popularity indicates that many people are finding beneficial effects from the use of CBD.  There are many product forms from pills to creams, to gummies, and, of course, tinctures. If you want to try CBD for the first time, but don’t know where to start, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Products derived from hemp oil are now federally legal in the USA. 

What is CBD Oil?

CBD, which is also known as cannabidiol, is a compound found in two varieties of the Cannabis plant: Marijuana and Hemp. The Marijuana plant is known for its psychoactive properties produced by the compound THC—that is to say, it gets you high—hemp is a much more family-friendly plant (some strains are practically THC free) that has a variety of uses from including in textiles and other kinds of manufacturing. Another great thing about hemp is that it contains lots of CBD with very little THC. Hemp extract, is thus used interchangeable with CBD oil. 

What Is The Difference Between CBD and THC?

The molecular structure of both compounds is quite different and their effects on the brain are also very different. THC is known for the mind-altering “high” it produces. This high can lead to addiction, impairment, and other issues. CBD does not possess this characteristic. While CBD does effect the brain, although how is not yet fully understood, it does not produce euphoria or mind-altering impairment. The most pertinent difference between CBD and THC is that THC gets you high, and CBD doesn’t. There is also a difference in what plant CBD may come from. Most CBD is extracted from the hemp plant as opposed to the marijuana plant. Hemp has a negligible amount of THC, if any, but still contains large amounts of CBD. Most CBD vendors use hemp rather than marijuana for extraction resulting in a process that results in a product with no THC. That is why Hemp is an ideal plant for those interested in natural healing; it provides high-quality CBD without the psychoactive properties associated with the THC in marijuana.

What Is CBD oil Used For? What amount of CBD Do I Take?

CBD oil has many benefits—some have been studied, while others are still anecdotal. There is an ongoing effort to seek clarity and approval from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Dozens of studies have suggested CBD helps with anxiety, schizophrenia, insomnia, pain management and other ailments. The FDA has approved CBD to treat particularly vicious epilepsy disorders in children with miraculous results. The only thing that the FDA officially allows CBD derived medications to treat is epilepsy.  And, although the compound is still relatively new, one thing is for sure: CBD has a lot of promise to promote well-being. CBD may help relieve symptoms of the following ailments and medical conditions: 

  • Pain ReliefCBD is especially good at managing and reliving what’s called “neuropathic pain.” Neuropathic pain is a chronic type of ailment, usually resulting from tissue or nerve damage. The old methods of dealing with chronic pain included prescription medications like opioids or non-prescription medications like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. More and more research is coming to the conclusion that the long-term usage of even non-prescription medications can have serious negative side-effects. That is why more and more people are turning to natural options like CBD to help manage their chronic and sometimes even acute pain—including things like muscle injuries.
  • Anxiety Relief: One of the most common benefits of CBD oil is how it is used in treating anxiety. The use of CBD oil, in particular, is popular among those who suffer from social anxiety. Social anxiety can range from a mild, although unnecessary, feeling of nervousness prior to social situations to debilitating feelings of anxiousness that prevent people from doing anything new for the first time or experiencing any social joys. Social anxiety is so malicious because of how it snowballs. People usually start mild cases of affliction, but even mild cases of social anxiety are usually enough to inspire people to go out less and avoid social interactions more. Really, what anyone who experiences social anxiety should do is seek help in either the form of therapy and or natural remedies like CBD. CBD can help reduce or eliminate unnecessary feelings of nervousness or anxiousness in social situations, which will help you be better, more confident.
  • Skin Conditions: CBD oil has become a popular additive in face and body creams. The compound is both moisturizing and has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce acne and facial redness. It is often mixed with other agents commonly used in skincare products to assist in hydrating and soothing skin.
  • Inflammation-Related Diseases and Ailments: One of the most interesting things you may not know about CBD oil is that it may not only reduce pain but may actually target and help heal one of the primary causes of pain and illness in the body: Inflammation. Inflammation is linked to countless ailments and diseases, including, even, cancer. While more research is still needed, doctors are currently looking into whether CBD may have anti-cancer features that can be used in treatments and medicines.

How Should You Use a CBD Tincture?

The most important thing to remember when using CBD is that unless you are using it specifically for epilepsy, you should not be using it to treat any disease or condition with the expectation it will go away. While there is promise in further research and development into the medical applications of CBD, right now more human trials are needed to establish statistically significant data. However, this does not mean the vast anecdotal evidence, use and distribution by physicians, and historical use in the treatment of ailments going back to the dawn of civilization does not indicate strongly that CBD oil does have positive medical benefits. It is just that you should use CBD to see if it helps with the symptoms you are targeting, if it does great, if it doesn’t no big deal. You should always also consult your doctor and make sure he is aware of how and why you are using it. The There are a variety of ways you can use CBD. The first thing you need to answer is, why are you using CBD oil ? CBD is not an approved medication for the treatment of illnesses (except with a prescription for epilepsy). However, millions of customers are using CBD and many report that it has alleviated and assists in the treatment of a variety of symptoms. Again, CBD oil should not be used to treat ailments but as part of a comprehensive wellness regiment that includes sleep, exercise and healthy diet. In addition to the so far nascent understanding of CBD’s effects on the human body and brain, because the industry is new and guidelines and regulatory clarity have been slower than many in the industry would like; the quality and manufacturing process of the vendor you choose to buy CBD from is just as important as any other aspect of your planned  use of CBD. Although the FDA is still in the midst of a year’s long process to fully vet the approved uses and side-effects of CBD, there are other government certifications that CBD producers can gain that can give you confidence in their product. One of the most important of these is the USDA Certified Organic Label. This label ensures that there are no adulterants or harmful pesticides used in the production and extraction of the product.  If you are using it to reduce your acne and improve the appearance of your skin, then you will want to use either raw CBD oil or a CBD-infused moisturizer. Or, if you are using it for muscle aches and pains after hard workouts, then you will want to use an CBD tincture and apply sublingually.

What’s Good About CBD Tinctures?

Tinctures/droppers are very popular among CBD advocates as they provide potent amounts of fast-acting CBD. They also allow a user to select from a variety of extraction methods, and product spectrums. Different products may be tailored to provide different effects. You use tinctures by squeezing a small (use 1ml) amount into a dropper and depositing the oil beneath your tongue. This method allows for quick entrance into the body. Purists may enjoy the taste of hemp oil which is a very light, earthy flavor that most people either enjoy or, at least, are not bothered by, while those newer to the use of CBD may prefer a flavored variant. Tinctures are flavored with peppermint oil or coconut oil. CBD oil tinctures are also good in that they enable users to control the amount of CBD they are taking down to a very small measurement, so it makes it easier to experiment with how much CBD works best for you.

How Much Do I Take When Using Tinctures?

Most CBD tinctures direct you to try about 1ml per-use. You place the oil under your tongue and let it sit there for about a minute before swallowing. The compound enters your bloodstream quickly from under your tongue. Many users report feeling calming effects both mentally and physically. Remember, unlike THC, the active intoxicant in marijuana, CBD will not alter impair your ability or produce euphoric or intoxicating feelings. The relaxing effects of CBD make it a good evening supplement to take an hour or so before bedtime. Medical research into the effects of CBD have found that it reduces physiological symptoms of anxiety in some animals. Other research has indicated the CBD may have an anti-psychotic effect. The FDA has approved CBD derived medications for the treatment of epilepsy and the prevention of seizures. While the effects of CBD are not sedative, they may be relaxing. Thus, some consumers may prefer to take special daytime formulas.

For those who prefer to take CBD by day, though, there are options that include caffeine and other natural additives that can counteract whatever mild connection CBD may have to sleepiness. With that being said, there are plenty of active CBD users who claim they get no fatigue from using CBD and that it’s only slowing-effect is on their racing brains.

Full-Spectrum oil, Broad-Spectrum, and Isolate

You can buy CBD tinctures in three basic versions: Isolate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum. It is always important to make sure your product has been tested by third party labs. You can see a full profile of terpenes, fatty acids and glycerin in full spectrum hemp oil or you can use just CBD isolate. You can also look for the USDA Certified Organic label to make sure you produce is non-gmo and that the carrier oil is pure as well. 

CBD isolate is the purest. CBD isolate tinctures will contain no other cannabinoid except for CBD. That plus some medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) like coconut or Safflower Oil. MCT’s are basically just fats that help your body absorb CBD. This is for customers who want the purest CBD experience. This is also likely the most expensive variety due to more expensive extraction. 

Broad-spectrum means no THC is detectable in the CBD oil, but other cannabinoids may be present. Broad spectrum is between CBD isolate and full-spectrum but contains a more limited range of cannabinoids then full-spectrum CBD. This may be good for users who want to experiment with a more diverse mixture of cannabinoids before progressing to Full Spectrum.

Full-spectrum is the least “filtered” form of CBD oil and contains all of the cannabinoids found within the hemp plant. The amount of THC in full-spectrum CBD oil, however, must be 3% or less. The extraction process is less precise so this mixture captures the entire spectrum of cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Some theorize that CBD can have certain benefits when combined with the many other compounds in the cannabis plant.


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