CBD has well and truly arrived on the scene, with an endless array of formats ranging from capsules to oils, balms and even edibles. Tinctures remain somewhat of a mystery, in part due to the old-world style charm of their apothecary packaging, but probably more likely because of how you take them, just a few drops at a time, under the tongue.
In this article, we’re going to look at what CBD tinctures are specifically, how they’re made, how they’re taken, if they are safe and whether they can help with pain relief. Then you can decide whether CBD tinctures have a role (or not) to play in your wellness routine.
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What specifically are CBD tinctures?
Created to have the highest potency and concentration of cannabidiol, herbal tinctures are made by mixing high-proof food-grade alcohol that is safe to consume and water to extract compounds from a plant—in this instance, the hemp plant.
However, sometimes you’ll come across extracts labelled as tinctures that use alternatives such as glycerin, vinegar or plant-based oils as the solvent, instead of alcohol. While these mixtures do offer the advantage of being alcohol-free, they don’t consistently deliver the same potency levels as an alcohol-water extract.
How are CBD tinctures made?
Typically CBD tinctures are commonly made using a high CBD strain of hemp, along with 60 to 70 per cent safe to consume alcohol. The reason for using alcohol as the base has two key advantages; firstly, it makes the product much easier to absorb and secondly, it acts as a preservative, which helps extend the shelf life. To help improve the taste and to deliver added health benefits, most CBD tinctures will usually include additives such as essential oils, flavouring agents and herbal extracts.
How should you take CBD tinctures?
Most CBD tincture bottles come with either a separate or built-in dropper for dosing directly underneath the tongue for complete ease of use. While you can’t overdose on CBD, taking too much of it doesn’t necessarily mean more benefits. Also, you need to remember that CBD tinctures contain a high concentration of cannabidiol which can be pretty potent, so small doses are always recommended to start. If you need to adjust the dose, it’s simply a matter of increasing or reducing the number of drops.
Are CBD tinctures safe?
Yes, according to the World Health Authority (WHO). In their ‘2018 Cannabidiol (CBD) Critical Review Report’ they went as far as to say, “To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” However, that’s not to say that CBD tinctures don’t offer some potential mild side effects, and these may well include;
- Dry mouth
Other reported side effects have included fatigue, irritability, and changes in appetite, nausea, and tiredness.
Do CBD tinctures help with pain relief?
There have been numerous highly respected global studies regarding the positive use of CBD tinctures in effectively reducing the pain associated with diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It has also shown great promise in helping to relieve muscle aches, inflammation, chronic pain in adults, along with acne flare-ups and skin irritations. There is also evidence supporting the use of CBD tinctures when helping to reduce anxiety.
Are CBD tinctures suitable for everyone?
Don’t forget that CBD tinctures may not be suitable for everyone. They can, in some instances, interfere with certain drugs and medications such as Warfarin, beta-blockers, antiretroviral, antihistamines and some antidepressants. If you are thinking about using CBD tinctures for pain relief, it’s important to talk with your doctor to determine what dosage is best suited for your condition.