CBD is one of the 100+ cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that produce different effects in the human body.
You surely know that people get high by smoking marijuana. Well, marijuana is a plant belonging to the Cannabis sativa species that is rich in cannabinoids. The cannabinoid that produces the infamous high people get from smoking weed is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Now, even though both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, they couldn’t be more different. Each of them produces distinct chemical responses in the human body. Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high. Far from it.Tinctures are produced by steeping flowers – in this case, cannabis flowers – or isolates in alcohol and then applying low heat for a long time. This process allows the cannabinoids to infuse into the spirit. Thanks to the heat treatment, much of the alcohol evaporates, leaving behind a potent liquid that’s rich in cannabinoid molecules.
CBD tinctures are usually made by mixing CBD with alcohol and water. Alcohol-free tinctures mix CBD with water, glycerin, vinegar, or oil to produce the same result. Keep in mind that alcohol-free tinctures might not offer the same potency as the standard alcohol-water extract.
Most manufacturers will often add carrier oils and/or herbal flavors to improve the taste of a tincture. Tinctures are primarily used to ease pain and help with anxiety. They have a long shelf life, are easy to use, and they are quickly absorbed.
CBD tinctures are highly concentrated, so you should take them in small doses. Most tinctures come with droppers that help you measure your doses. The best way to take CBD tinctures is to hold them under your tongue for a minute or two – allowing your sublingual veins to absorb the CBD – and then swallowing. You can also mix tinctures in food or drinks.