CBD tincture

A CBD (cannabidiol) tincture is a concentrated liquid form of CBD. It often comes in a small glass bottle topped with a dropper. The most common bottle sizes are 0.5 ounce, 1 ounce, and 2 ounces. Droppers are convenient and allow users to measure a specific number of drops.

How is a tincture made?

A tincture is made by infusing a plant into a liquid base. To extract nutrients and oils from the plant, a part of the plant (leaf or stem) is soaked and brewed for days, weeks, or sometimes months. (Homemade vanilla extract is an example of an infusion of a plant in a liquid base).

Tinctures are great for micro and standard dose ranges. Tinctures are popular because they are easy to use, long-lasting (up to 5 years), and allow you to make accurate dose measurements.

Alcohol tinctures

Alcohol-based CBD tinctures created with 190 proof alcohol might be difficult to tolerate. They are absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly, and the effects are faster and stronger when taken on an empty stomach.

Strong alcohol tinctures should not be added directly to or under the tongue because it can burn and damage the membranes. An alternative to placing under the tongue is to dilute it with an ounce of juice that is either bitter or sour. Some popular options are: cranberry, grapefruit, lemon-ginger, or orange. Another alternative is to add the CBD tincture to how water or tea. Adding the tincture to hot water allows some of the alcohol to evaporate. For reference, 1 milliliter equals 25-30 drops.

How to use a tincture

There are several ways to take a tincture, including:

  • Oral
    • Tinctures can be taken orally by squirting several drops into the back of the tongue and swallowing.
    • Brushing your teeth before taking a cannabis tincture or drops can help activate blood vessels in the mouth. This can boost blood flow and decrease the amount of time it takes for CBD to enter into the bloodstream.
  • Sublingual
    • Place drops under the tongue for 10-15 seconds and then swallow the remainder.
  • In foods or liquids
  • Capsules

How does a tincture taste?

Tinctures are often described as tasting bitter and pungent.

Questions to ask when choosing a CBD tincture

  • Is the tincture alcohol-based?
  • Is the CBD used full spectrum, isolate, or broad spectrum?
  • Does the tincture contain CBG, CBN, or other cannabinoids?
  • How much THC does it contain? 
  • Is the tincture oil-based?
    • Coconut oil
    • Olive oil
    • Hemp oil
    • Sunflower seed oil
  • How frequently should it be taken?
  • Should it be taken with food or on an empty stomach?
  • What are the emergency symptoms that indicate a visit to an Urgent Care center?
  • Will it interact with other medications?
  • What are the side effects?

An important note from MamasHealth.com. Self-treatment can be dangerous and put your health at risk, so be sure to include your doctor in your decisions.

MamasHealth acknowledges that research on CBD and the effects of CBD on the endocannabinoid system are rapidly evolving and the range of possible findings remains wide. MamasHealth makes no claims that CBD products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and recommends all individuals consult with their health care professionals prior to using CBD.