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  • by Nicola Boulton August 12, 2022 4 min read

    What Is a Tincture of CBD Oil?

    CBD is a product of the Cannabis plant. There are two major compounds extracted from the cannabis plant, i.e., THC and CBD. Although these two extracts are found in one plant, they have differences. CBD is not psychoactive, while THC is.

    THC is taken by consumers who want the ‘’high effect’’, while CBD consumers take it for its relaxing effect. Formulations of the cannabis plant are extracted using a mixture of water and alcohol to develop an herbal tincture. Want to know more about CBD tinctures? Continue reading the article.

    What Is a Tincture of CBD Oil?

    CBD Tinctures

     According to Evans (2020), tinctures are made by mixing hemp flowers with either alcohol, peppermint oil, or cinnamon with glycerin to extract CBD from them. Tinctures are taken sublingually by placing a few drops of the CBD under the tongue and holding it for 30 minutes to diffuse into the capillaries underneath the tongue into the bloodstream. The shelf life of tinctures is quite longer than that of the oils. The dosage of tinctures varies depending on the individual. Regarding bioavailability, CBD tinctures are better compared to CBD oil. CBD tinctures have alcohol, which acts as a preservative, giving room for the tinctures to have a longer life span.

    Why CBD Tinctures

    According to Ivanov et al. (2019), CBD has anti-tumor properties that encourage cell death and make glioblastoma cells sensitive to radiation and chemotherapy. The joint efforts of cannabinoids and terpenes displayed great positive effects in managing tumors in animal breast cancer cells. Therapeutical effects were also discovered in CBD-rich extracts. All these trials were geared toward the treatment of epilepsy.  Russo (2008) noted that CBD could help treat disorders such as losing weight due to HIV and AIDS, pain-relieving, dealing with stress and depression, and anxieties related to multiple sclerosis. 

    What Makes CBD Tinctures

    Tinctures are made of high CBD strains of CBD Hemp and alcohol ranging from 60-to 70 %. Tinctures are mostly used to cure anxiety and discomfort. Their ease to use and long shelf life makes them wonder products.

    Side Effects of CBD Tinctures

    CBD is well tolerated in the body; therefore, it does not have any lethal side effects.

    Nonetheless, intensified research is needed to ascertain the treatment of certain conditions. Therefore, users should consult a doctor before using any product related to CBD.  Kogan et al. (2019) stated that some side effects are drowsiness or sleepiness, rare liver disorders, irritation and anxiety, and a change in appetite. Severe side effects include male infertility, liver disorder, and reduced brain activity, especially if the interaction with the medicine that the consumer was already taking is negative.

    Difference between Tinctures and CBD oils


    CBD oil is known for its unpleasant earthy taste, especially when used orally. On the contrary, tinctures are availed in diverse flavors such as chocolate, vanilla strawberry, and peach.


    Since tinctured are made up of ethyl alcohol, in other cases, isopropyl alcohol that acts as a preservative, it has a long shelf life compared to CBD oil. An expired CBD oil usually forms a cloudy substance. To increase the shelf life of CBD oil, it’s advisable to keep it away from direct sunlight. 


    Every CBD product has a varying price depending on its potency and method of extraction. For instance, a CBD oil that is 500ml and a tincture of equal measurement will cost almost the same, or the tincture will be slightly expensive. However, Quality generally matters. Best quality products will tend to be expensive due to high production costs.

    How to Use CBD Tinctures

    Tinctures are placed under the tongue. For maximum effects, one might have it for two minutes. Under the tongue, the tincture is absorbed by blood vessels located in the mouth, working faster. However, its effects take a shorter period than that of edibles. In acute conditions, tinctures are the best to relieve pain since they act almost immediately. Since tinctures are mostly concentrated, they are used in small amounts, unlike the edibles such as cookies or gummies. Note that Tinctures are sugar-free.

    Users who take tinctures on empty stomachs have faster results compared to those who take tinctures alongside foods rich in fats, such as eggs and avocados. The only method that works faster than tinctures is the vaping method since the vape is absorbed directly into the blood as soon as you inhale the vape in the lungs. However, when CBD is vaped, its effects are so short-lived. Vaping CBD is a risky method because one is liable to inhale contaminants that end up affecting the lungs. Deaths have also been reported in some rare cases. Vaping, especially CBD that has not gone through third-party lab tests, has been the cause of several lung injuries. Therefore, one should be very cautious about how they are consuming CBD.


    Although the choice of which CBD product one will take is usually up to the consumer, one should make a good comparison and getaway that has lesser side effects and will serve its consumption purpose at the right time. There are hundreds of benefits as to why one can go for CBD products for medical purposes. Tinctures are one of the safest and most reliable ways of consuming CBD. One can comfortably take it on the go. Remember, as you go for tinctures, only purchase them from a company that you can get back to via mail or phone call. Remember to inquire about a certificate of analysis to clear your doubt about third-party lab tests. Get value for money by going for a quality CBD product.


    Evans, J. (2020). The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol. Fair Winds Press.

    Ivanov, V. N., Wu, J., Wang, T. J., & Hei, T. K. (2019). Inhibition of ATM kinase upregulates levels of cell death induced by cannabidiol and γ-irradiation in human glioblastoma cells. Oncotarget10(8), 825.

    Kogan, L., Schoenfeld-Tacher, R., Hellyer, P., & Rishniw, M. (2019). US veterinarians' knowledge, experience, and perception regarding the use of cannabidiol for canine medical conditions. Frontiers in Veterinary Science5, 338.

    Russo, E. B. (2008). Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain. Therapeutics and clinical risk management4(1), 245.

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton

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