CBD Tincture: Uses, Benefits, And Effects
Posted by joevprude on May 26th, 2018
Are your friends raving about CBD tincture, but you have no idea what they’re talking about? Been smoking so much Blue Dream lately that you’ve lost a few weeks, months, or years? First of all, high five if you’ve lost years. Second, don’t feel bad. CBD burst onto the scene so quickly that many cannasseurs haven’t had time to learn what it is and what it does. So before you hang your head in shame and slink away to a dark corner, let the experts at Honest Marijuana fill you in.
In this article, we’ll reveal everything you could possibly want to know about CBD, CBD tincture, and its uses, benefits, and effects. Along the way, we’ll answer questions like:
We’ll also talk about the side effects of CBD tincture and show you how to make your very own batch at home.
What Is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for the word cannabidiol. Thank goodness for abbreviations, right! If you’re wondering how to pronounce that five-letter word, it’s can-uh-BIH-dee-all (with the stress on the third syllable). And if you think that’s a mouthful, wait until we introduce you to THC, which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol (teh-truh-high-dro-CAN-uh-bihn-all).
Whew! Try saying that fast 10 times after a few tokes on a Yoda OG bong. Alright, alright, enough levity! We’re here to learn about CBD tincture, so back to the subject at hand.
Both CBD and THC are chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Other cannabinoids include:
Scientists have isolated 113 different cannabinoids from the three species of Cannabis plant (indica, sativa, and ruderalis). Even if you’re new to the world of cannabis, you’ve probably heard about the effects of THC. And if you don’t use marijuana in one form or another but you’ve been to a Phish or Grateful Dead concert, you’ve probably experienced the effects second-hand. That’s because THC is the cannabinoid responsible for getting you high.
But you may not have heard about CBD because its main effects are medicinal rather than psychedelic. We’ll discuss the benefits and effects of CBD in just a little bit. But first, let’s delve a bit deeper into one of the easiest methods for taking CBD: the CBD tincture.
What Is CBD Tincture, And How Is It Made?
A tincture is a liquid extract made by soaking one substance in another substance. We know that’s a pretty general definition, so allow us to clarify by first focusing on the second substance. The most common liquid used to make tinctures is alcohol. What could be better than cannabinoids and alcohol? That’s a rhetorical question—please don’t send us your answers.
If you’re leery about making a tincture out of alcohol, you can also use an oil, a vinegar, or a glycerin. Having said that, alcohol really does produce the best finished product. And with the amount you take at one time, you won’t feel anything from the alcohol. You can also use different types of alcohol such as brandy, vodka, or grain alcohol (Everclear) to produce unique flavors.
So we’ve got the liquid—alcohol—but what are we going to soak in it? If we were making a THC tincture, we would choose a high-THC strain like Fruity Pebbles or Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. In the case of a CBD tincture, the substance we would choose is a high-CBD/low-THC marijuana strain like Charlotte’s Web or Cannatonic.
Once the alcohol and marijuana plant matter are combined, the alcohol dissolves the trichomes, cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other chemical goodies and holds them in solution (kind of like mixing up a batch of Kool-Aid).
And to be clear, tinctures aren’t just restricted to the marijuana plant. Any plant, combination of plants, or even animal material can be used to make a tincture.
In fact, common medicinal tinctures include sage, hyssop, and garlic. You can even make your own tincture at home. We’ll show you how at the end of this article. But first, let’s discuss how to use a CBD tincture.
How Do You Use CBD Tincture?
Tinctures of any kind are the easiest and most discreet form of marijuana you can take. That’s because CBD tincture is administered a few drops at a time under your tongue. No more “pot smell” or trying to make up an excuse for not sharing your food (‘cause it’s got pot in it!). Just a few seconds by yourself, and you’re good to go.
Side note: be sure to hold the liquid in your mouth, and don’t swallow. Nothing bad will happen if you do swallow; it will just take longer to feel the effects.
After the drops dissolve under your tongue, they’re absorbed into your sublingual artery, the CBD travels through your external carotid artery, into your internal carotid artery, and then to your brain. The whole process—from the time you administer the drops to the time you feel their effects—takes about 15 minutes.
Feeling the effects from a tincture is a bit slower than smoking the same plant matter, but it’s a lot faster than using an edible. For an easy way to calculate the right dose for you, check out our article Honest Marijuana CBD Dosage Calculator.
Will CBD Tincture Get You High?
The answer to that question is simple: no, CBD tincture will not get you high. In fact, very few CBD products (e.g. dissolvable strips, wax, shatter, concentrates, tea, butter, pills, etc.) will get you high. This is because they’re prepared with high-CBD/low-THC strains to minimize the psychedelic effects and maximize the health benefits.
For those of us who enjoy a good psychotropic substance, that may be a bummer. But for those of us with medical issues, it’s a life-saver.
What Are The Benefits And Effects Of CBD Tincture?
Because the cannabinoid CBD has so many medical benefits and effects, CBD tincture can be used to treat:
In general, CBD reduces pain and inflammation, which is why it’s so good at treating a large number of physical disorders. But CBD also has some unique effects on brain activity, which is why it can also be used to treat several neurological disorders, such as PTSD, social phobia, OCD, panic disorder, GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and a host of others.
Does CBD Tincture Have Any Side Effects?
CBD tincture produces no serious side effects. The worst thing you can expect from any high-CBD product, CBD tincture included, is dry mouth. But if you’re taking a CBD tincture to treat a more debilitating disorder, a little dry mouth is a small price to pay to feel better.
Technically, CBD does produce one other “side effect” of note: it can interfere with your liver’s ability to process other medications. That could have unintended consequences if the CBD you’re taking isn’t meant to completely replace another medication (like heart or blood-pressure medication). Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking a CBD product.
Can You Make Your Own CBD Tincture?
Yes, and the process is really quite simple. There are actually three different methods for making your own CBD tincture:
Sounds like a game we used to play as kids. But anyway…Here are the basic instructions for each method.
The Cold Method For Making CBD Tincture
The Warm Method For Making CBD Tincture
The Hot Method For Making CBD Tincture
Note: Alcohol fumes are combustible, so be sure to perform this recipe in a well-ventilated area.
Give CBD Tinctures A Try
The only way to know if a CBD tincture is right for you is to try it. CBD tinctures are relatively cheap when compared with other forms of weed, so you don’t have to worry about blowing your budget. CBD tinctures don’t have any major side effects, so you don’t have to worry about feeling bad after just a few drops. And CBD tinctures are readily available at your local dispensary, so you don’t have to worry about where your supply will come from.
When you think about it, there really is no reason you shouldn’t try CBD tincture for yourself. If you don’t like it, you can always switch back to the more tried-and-true joint or blunt.
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