How Are Tinctures Different from Edibles?
CBD, the shortened version of the chemical name cannabidiol, is one of a large number of compounds (generally considered to be around 113) that are found in the hemp family of plants. CBD comes with many of the qualities of cannabis without the presence of THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana), making the use of CBD safe from the risk of getting intoxicated or “high.” Although the FDA is still testing CBD in many applications, various studies suggest that those qualities include:
- Stress relief
- Anxiety relief
- Pain reduction
- Fighting insomnia
Hemp-derived CBD is also being studied for more serious medical issues such as epilepsy, arthritis, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. For recreational use, it’s becoming more and more popular with people who want to reduce stress or anxiety. Two of the most popular ways to take CBD oil are through edibles and tinctures – but for the uninitiated, it might be hard to tell the difference.
Tinctures Are the Quickest Edible Way to Gain the Benefits of CBD
Most people who haven’t tried CBD products might ask, “What exactly is a tincture, anyway?” Most health supplements only come in pill form, so it can be unfamiliar. A tincture is a way to isolate the CBD oil from the hemp plant. Basically, the plant’s the leaves, stems and flowers of a male hemp plant are doused in high-proof alcohol and boiled over low heat. Because CBD is alcohol-soluble, this extracts the CBD oil. Over time, the low head evaporates the alcohol, leaving an oil infused with CBD.
It’s naturally flavorless and odorless, but many tinctures intended to be taken using a dropper are flavored by the manufacturers. Tinctures have a variety of uses. Aside from being taken alone, by putting a few drops under the tongue, they can be added to food, soft drinks, cocktails, or even a nice chamomile tea. Most tinctures are very strong with a high CBD percentage, so a little bit goes a long way.
Tinctures usually act fast and last for a shorter time than in edible forms, especially when taken under the tongue. The only faster way is through vaping or smoking, which isn’t an option for most people. Unfamiliar though they might be, tinctures are a great and easy way to incorporate CBD into your daily life.
What Are Edibles?
Technically edibles are considered to be any kind of food that contains a dose of CBD oil in it. For example, if you put some CBD oil into a salad dressing, that salad would be a “CBD edible.” In most cases, though, “edibles” refers to premade snacks containing CBD. CBD edibles can be really strong, depending on the dosage included in the snack. Normally speaking, CBD takes longer to take effect when it’s eaten – usually 30 to 45 minutes. On the other hand, the effects of the dose last much longer than vapes, smoking, or tinctures.
Gummies are the perfect form of CBD edible for several reasons. CBD oil gummies have a wide array of advantages over vaping and smoking, including:
- Privacy – Unlike vaping or smoking CBD flower, which causes clouds of smoke and usually are unwelcome at most establishment, or tinctures, whose dropper might cause some raised eyebrows, gummies are easy and discreet.
- A measured dose – when eating an edible like a cookie or a brownie, it can be hard to know exactly how much CBD oil you’re getting. This can run the risk of taking too much.
- Lower calories – for people counting their calories, one gummy is not a dealbreaker, and that means you can enjoy the benefits without worrying about your waistline.
CBD and Hemp Oil Give You Options
Whether you want to put a few drops of CBD tincture into your coffee for a stress-free morning or want an edible CBD gummy after a long run that made your legs ache, there’s no wrong way to take CBD oil. It’s really up to your tastes and what works best for you. Check out our product line here, and make CBD part of your routine today!