Understanding Tinctures: What is a CBD Tincture?
CBD, or cannabidiol, which comes from the cannabis sativa plant, is “so mainstream” now according to cannabis expert Ann Brum: “After that Sanjay Gupta special report, folks started waking up and understanding there’s a compound that helps where pharmaceuticals don’t.”
If you’re suffering from chronic physical or mental pain and traditional medicine isn’t helping, CBD in tincture form is worth a try.
If you can’t take NSAIDs because of Advil or Aleve because of GERD, ulcers, or kidney problems, CBD may be a tolerable alternative.
Pharmaceuticals can be highly addictive. CBD does not appear to be addictive in humans.
Pharmaceuticals can alter your mental state. CBD tinctures won’t get you high, so you can take them daily without impairing your ability to work, drive, or parent.
“People are looking to feel better — but they’re also looking to be functional and not impaired on morphine or fentanyl, “Ann said. “With long-term use of morphine or fentanyl, they’re not in pain, but they’re also not able to be a parent or perform at work or have healthy relationships.”
Ann said she’s been advocating for high CBD products (products that contain more CBD than THC) for a while now: “CBD, or hemp-derived products like CBD tinctures, are a safe entry point that allows people to have a good experience, and they could potentially really benefit from it.”
A brief history of tinctures
A tincture is a concentrated liquid extract of plant material — specifically herbs such as berries, bark, roots, leaves, or flowers. To make a tincture, soak the herb in alcohol, vinegar, or oil for several days or weeks to extract the active ingredients.
Ancient cultures used locally-harvested ingredients to form their own unique herbal medicines and tinctures, passing down the “recipes” generation by generation.
In the United States, most medicines were cannabis-derived before prohibition. Between 1840-1930, hundreds of articles were published documenting the benefits of using cannabis to treat “neuralgia, convulsive disorders, emaciation,” and more.
“Tincture form was the OG way that most patients received relief here in the States,” Ann said. But prohibition ended that. In 1930, Harry Anslinger was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He served in that role for 32 years and is considered the founding father of America’s war on drugs.
Only in recent years have some states begun to legalize cannabis for medicinal use.
How do tinctures work?
Tinctures work best when taken sublingually, meaning “under the tongue.” People have soft tissue under your tongue, which allows for the herbal concoction to enter into the bloodstream quickly. You can start feeling the effects of the tincture within 30 minutes.
Many people choose to let the liquid linger under their tongue for several seconds before swallowing to allow for maximum absorption of the medicine. This also means you can savor the tasting experience.
“I use tinctures,” Ann said. “That daily intake is a natural practice. I experiment with different cannabis, hemp, and mushroom-derived tinctures. I have a chronic symptom that’s managed naturally with CBD and hemp-derived products.”
Ann also treats her dog with CBD tincture: “My dog had some malignant site on his lip. We give him a cannabis-derived tincture daily. It helps him sleep. It’s easier to put a tincture in his mouth than a pill. It’s a healthy and effective alternative.”
Why might someone want to use a tincture vs. a CBD oil or cream?
Tinctures are a good choice for anyone who’s new to cannabis and identifying their dosing. “They’re able to take more if they want,” Ann said. “They can self-explore.”
It’s especially desirable for those who don’t want to inhale anything right now during COVID. And they can even feel comforting. “Tinctures are comfortable,” Ann said. “We’re familiar with them because as a baby, we had a dropper. It’s natural.”
As mentioned, tinctures have a fast onset for most people - between 15-30 minutes. And the effects tend to last between 2-4 hours for most people.
Of course, tinctures aren’t a fit for everyone. “Some folks don’t want to consume a liquid form of CBD, or they can’t because they have a feeding tube or a liver condition or they can’t swallow,” Ann said. “In that case, a transdermal patch can work. There’s a method of administration for everyone, and they don’t have to suffer.”
What physical and mental benefits do tinctures have?
Ann said she used to have cysts that would burst inside her. The experience was so painful, she often lost her sight and vomited. With regular CBD tincture use, her symptoms are managed:
“For me, the onset of the tincture is faster and more consistent than other methods. In 15-20 minutes, I’m able to have relief. It adds to my overall quality of life.”
Tinctures containing CBD may help with nausea, joint pain, seizures, autism spectrum disorder, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, and many other conditions.
Can a CBD tincture get you high?
If you have a certificate of analysis (COA) for your CBD product and it’s showing .03% or less of THC, you most likely won’t experience a mental high or impairment.
“As a general rule, a full spectrum CBD product with little to no THC won’t make a person feel stoned,” Ann said.
But not all CBD is created equally. Ask the right questions to protect yourself:
Where is their COA?
Is it current?
Where is this manufacturer getting their hemp?
Are they cultivating their hemp near a field that’s been formerly tainted by chemicals?
Where are they sourcing their water?
“A company that cares will share that information with you,” Ann said.
To learn more about CBD tinctures and the effects of CBD on your body, Ann recommends the cannabis social networking app Hi-Curious. It’s for anyone who’s curious about incorporating cannabis as part of a healthy lifestyle.
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