The majority of the CBD oils you find in health stores and online, most often than not, are a blend of CBD extract, gotten from the cannabis plant, and mixed with carrier oils such as coconut oil, olive oil and more inert options, which can be found here
There is a slight difference between this and the tinctures. Whereas the oils are mixed with carrier oils, the tinctures are alcohol-based. Instead of the oils, specific alcohol is used as the solvent when extracting the compounds from the plant and also added to the finished product that you find on the shelves for consumption and will have at least 60% or more in it.
When alcohol is added, it extends the shelf life of these tinctures and can last up to 5 years, depending on what other ingredients are added and how pure the CBD extract is. However, if you’re looking for something that tastes good, this may not be it, as they tend to taste somewhat bitter.
The point to note is if you are looking for a pure or organic form of CBD, the alcohol-based selections often add sweeteners, vegetable glycerine or flavourings, to mask the bitter taste. There are, however, some manufacturing companies that add vitamins and supplements such as melatonin to their product: and sometimes other known herbal extracts, depending on what it will be used for.
Are Oils and Tinctures effective
Both oils and tinctures are beneficial in the holistic treatment of users, and also in alleviating certain health conditions such as pain and inflammation, seizures, anxiety, and more serious ailments such as cancers and epilepsy or mood disorders. There have been many clinical trials done on these, and more are undergoing as well. Here is one example from the Cancer Research website:https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative-therapies/individual-therapies/cannabis
The results of these studies have shown that CBD had significantly blocked certain harmful cells growth and killed them, it has also stopped the development of blood vessels that inhibit the growth of tumours, and has seen to reduce the spread of cancer and symptoms of inflammation and pain.
CBD Oils vs Tinctures
If you are wondering whether one is better than the other, the simple answer is both are effective and have their beneficial properties. As mentioned above, the biggest differentiation between the two formats is the extraction methods and the base ingredients added to them.
When making a decision, you need to consider your personal preferences as well as the reason behind why you want to introduce them to your lifestyle. As the oils contain lesser ingredients than the tincture, some people prefer this. However, when some tinctures contain added herbal supplements or vitamins, many go for this.
There are then the CBD oil tinctures, which may sound confusing, but these are the same as the oils, placed into a tincture format dropper bottle which is one of the most convenient ways of using it. This form is the most versatile of all, where you can add a few drops to water and drink it, or inside food once it is cooked. It is not recommended to add it to raw ingredients before cooking as high temperatures may render the nutritional values of the oils nil: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/cbd_in_food. This format can also be added directly into your mouth, underneath the tongue and left there for 30 seconds or more to get fully absorbed by the system, and then swallowed and followed up with some water.
The point to note is that when applied directly to the skin, topically, the oil tinctures won’t do much for you, you should rather buy a cream or specific beauty product for this purpose, otherwise, you will be wasting your precious CBD Oil.
Choosing The Best Ones
When you are facing a large selection of products online or in the health stores, it is easy to get distracted by the pretty packaging. However, to take full advantage of the purported benefits there are a few things to check for when planning on buying one:
The potency levels – this means the amount of CBD in the bottle vs the THC. THC should legally be less than 0.3%. sometimes they may be more or less but stick with the ones that have at least 20% CBD in them, anything less would be a waste.
The cannabinoid profile – there are three types, namely full-spectrum, isolates and broad-spectrum. The full spectrum contains small amounts of THC, the broad-spectrum do not contain any THC and should only have the cannabinoid compounds in them and the isolates are the purest forms of the cannabis plant extract and should only have CBD in them. Typically, this third format comes in powder form.
Any Contaminants or artificial ingredients – all shelf products need to be tested for heavy metals, molds and pesticides, they should contain a stamp and lab tests for this on the packaging and their websites.
Dates of manufacturing and expiry – the product should be manufactured and expire no longer than one year. Included in this should be the certificates of analysis (COA) as well.
Other Available Formats on The Market
There are other formats available on the market such as topicals and edibles. These include creams, body lotions, balms, and skin salves. The edibles come in various formats such as capsules, gummies, jelly sweets, truffles and more which can take up to 3 hours to take full effect.
All the information above is crucial when looking for the right products and to access all the valuable benefits for your health.