Cannabidiol or CBD is made from Cannabis sativa and is widely used for its medicinal and wellness properties. It can be taken in a variety of ways including inhalants (vapor), edibles, and topical products.
To ensure high concentration of CBD, the extract usually comes in the form of oil or tinctures. Below is what you need to know about these products, as well as how to find the best CBD tinctures and oils on the market.
What are CBD oils and tinctures?
CBD oils and CBD tinctures have oil and alcohol bases respectively. CBD oils usually contain a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil while CBD tinctures are made from hemp and the solvent concentration is generally between 30 and 60%.
How do you take CBD oil or tinctures?
CBD oil can be taken in a variety of ways. It can be mixed into food or drink, used in a vape pen or taken with a dropper under the tongue. Like CBD oil, tinctures are commonly taken sublingually. For maximum effect, which lasts for six to eight hours, tinctures should stay under the tongue for about 90 seconds.
The best use is tiny amounts, 2 to 3 drops at a time. Also like CBD oil, tinctures can also be added to foods and drinks. To elevate the effects, it is recommended that you take CBD with food rich in fats and proteins.
It is important to note that oils and tinctures made for oral consumption are not designed for application on the skin.
Uses and benefits of CBD oils and tinctures
CBD gets to different parts of the body and tends to react with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain for both physical and mental health benefits. Surveys have shown that CBD is effective in easing symptoms of pain, anxiety, and depression. It can also be used by people suffering from seizures, migraines, and arthritis, as well as inflammatory conditions.
Is CBD legal?
As of now, medicinal marijuana has been legalized in at least 36 states in the US. This means that if you are in states such as Michigan, California, and Alaska, you can use CBD with any percentage of THC legally.
While CBD on its own is legal in all 50 states, the Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes marijuana and all its by-products as Schedule 1 controlled substances. To be on the safe side, the required THC content by law of CBD products should be below 0.3 percent.
The best CBD tinctures and oils are properly marked with a dropper (0.5 or 1 milliliter) to ensure correct dosing. Nonetheless, be aware of the amount in each dropper to avoid misuse.
There’s no standard scaling, but it’s advised to start with a dose of around 5mg or 10mg, and slowly increase the dosage until you feel the desired effect, such as a change in the symptoms or condition you are looking to treat. While there is no exact maximum dosage, starting with too high of a dose can make it hard for you to tell how much is effective.