Unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you have most likely heard of CBD (cannabidiol), even in passing. It is one of more than 100 cannabinoids produced by plants in the cannabis family, and preliminary research coupled with anecdotal evidence claims that it has plenty of potential medical benefits without making users feel “high.” As such, a growing number of people have turned to hemp-derived CBD to alleviate a wide variety of health issues, with CBD oils and tinctures being among the most popular forms of consumption.
While both products are similar in that CBD is the main ingredient, they differ greatly based on how they are produced and consumed, and, in some cases, even how quickly their effects take hold. CBD oils are created by extracting cannabidiol from a hemp plant’s flowers, seeds and stalks then suspending the CBD within a carrier oil, resulting in a potent, oil-based product that often includes proteins and fatty acids, as well as essential vitamins plus proteins from the hemp plant. On the other hand, CBD tinctures use alcohol rather than oil as a base, resulting in a relatively low potency product suspended in 60–70% distilled alcohol.
CBD oils use oil bases such as coconut oil, MCT oil, vegetable glycerin or hemp seed oil, and because of this, they usually have a short shelf life. On the bright side, the fact that they are suspended in oils makes it much easier for one’s body to assimilate and absorb them. Note that the rate of absorption will depend on how you consume the CBD oil, with CBD edibles taking much longer to digest and kick in when compared to vaping. Additionally, they tend to be much more potent than tinctures, and users will find just two or three teaspoons of CBD oil per day more than enough. They have a bitter, unpleasant taste when consumed orally, but you can get rid of this taste by infusing the oils in edibles.
CBD tinctures are quite different, with most CBD tinctures containing a mixture of glycerin, or peppermint/cinnamon oil and alcohol. They are usually consumed sublingually, meaning placed under the tongue, and they come in a variety of flavors, including peach, chocolate and vanilla. Due to the alcohol base and mode of consumption, a CBD tincture has a much higher bioavailability compared to cannabidiol oil, and using water-soluble CBD to cook with CBD tinctures makes the absorption rate even higher. Tinctures also have a longer shelf life, and their effects tend to kick in much faster. Vaping CBD oil will also result in quicker effects; however, users are cautioned to choose high-quality vapes to stay safe.
Regardless of how they are consumed and how long it will take for the effects to kick in, both CBD oils as well as tinctures possess the same therapeutic effects. Both offer discreet consumption methods, although tinctures will kick in faster than oils, so the choice between oils and tinctures will ultimately depend on preferences. However, make sure you consult a doctor before consuming a CBD product, especially if you are pregnant or on medication.
Needless to say, companies such as Pac Roots Cannabis Corp. (CSE: PACR) (OTCQB: PACRF) (FSE: 4XM), which are involved in the extensive cultivation of hemp and manufacture of CBD products, make both oils and tinctures, among other products, so that each consumer can choose what will best serve their needs.
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