How Are CBD Tinctures Made?

How Are CBD Tinctures Made?

CBD tinctures are CBD products that can be made as DIYs. Read this article to know more about how CBD tinctures DIY are made, how commercial CBD tinctures are made, how to use CBD tinctures, the benefits of a CBD tincture, and how to buy a good CBD tincture.

Evans (2020) observed the growing appeal of CBD to users. With the popularity of CBD products and the legalization in many countries, industries have been producing various CBD products to reach as many users as possible. Originally, the only way the user would have used CBD would have been through smoking which put off non-smokers. Non-smokers can currently use CBD in a variety of products. Think of any product you may wish to have your CBD product as, and chances are the product is already present in the market. CBD tincture is one example of a CBD product.

What Are CBD Tinctures?

Tinctures may have been around for many years, but CBD tinctures are a new product. Cornwell (2020) stated that CBD tinctures differ from ordinary tinctures in that the ordinary tinctures must involve some alcohol. For the CBD tincture, it is not a must that it involves alcohol as it can only compose of carrier oil, which is usually vegetable oil, meant to make it easier for the CBD to be consumed, metabolized, and absorbed into the blood. Examples of the vegetable oils used as the carriers are olive oil, coconut oil, and hemp seed oil. Read on to know more about how CBD tinctures are made.

How to Make A DIY CBD Tincture

As the industries continue making more CBD products to reach the users in the form they desire, users have also devised ways to make CBD DIYs. The driving factor for making CBD DIYs is because the user can create a CBD product to their taste and liking by adding additives that they may desire to have in their product. Making your own CBD tincture may also be economical because it beats the overhead costs and the middlemen that have to be involved in making your tincture. Below are the steps that you need to follow to make a CBD tincture;

  • A mortar and pestle or a grinder
  • A source of fire
  • Cannabis flower
  • Alcohol
  • A sieve
  • A dropper

STEP 1

Pour the cannabis flower into the mortar and grind them.

STEP 2

Heat the flower in the source of fire at a high temperature for one hour but be careful not to let it burn. The process of heating the cannabis flower is known as decarboxylating, and it is meant to make the cannabis fit for metabolization. The decarboxylation process converts the cannabis flower into an active and beneficial component.

STEP 3

Empty the dry contents into a jar of alcohol and close the lid tightly.

STEP 4

Store in a dark, dry place for around two weeks.

STEP 5

Your CBD tincture is ready. Sieve it to remove any particles and store it in a dark place. It would be best to shake it every time you use it to ensure it is well mixed.

How Are Commercial CBD Tinctures Made?

CBD tinctures at the factory are made usually made from industrial hemp, which is hemp that has been grown specifically to produce hemp according to the laws of most countries, which means that the hemp must be 0.3% THC. There are two ways to create the CBD tincture at the factory;

Using Alcohol

The cannabis flowers are immersed in vinegar, alcohol, or glycerine to draw out the CBD.

Using Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

CO2 is used to extract CBD. The C02 method is considered the most thorough method in obtaining the tincture, which comes out as CBD isolate, after which it is mixed with a carrier oil which makes people reluctant to refer to it as CBD tincture because it is ideally CBD oil.

How to Use A CBD Tincture

You may use the CBD tincture in two ways- sublingually, meaning dropping some of it under the tongue, or taken as an edible. When you take it sublingually, the effect of the CBD kicks in faster than when you use it as an edible. When taken sublingually, the liquid is absorbed by the blood vessels immediately. When you take it as an edible, the body must metabolize the food as it passes through the liver before moving to other body parts.

The Advantages of Using A CBD Tincture

The tincture appeals to some people who prefer using it to consume CBD. The advantages of using a CBD tincture include;

  • Dosing the tincture is easy
  • You may mix it with food
  • The bioavailability is high, i.e., the rate of absorption by the blood vessels is rapid.

The Disadvantages of Using A CBD Tincture

  • The main disadvantage of using the CBD tincture is that the taste may be intolerable because it is bitter and may put off a user. However, as a DIY, the user may mask the bitter taste with a sweet flavor, for instance, honey.
  • The cannabis flower may not be easy to get.

Benefits of the CBD Tincture

The main ingredient in a CBD tincture is CBD. Teitelbaum (2019) highlighted the following among the ailments CBD can treat.

For Relaxation

CBD tinctures may help the user relax, encouraging the activation of the serotonin receptor responsible for reducing mood swings and emotional distress.

To Manage Insomnia

The CBD in the tincture helps the user fight sleeplessness by eliminating the issues, such as pain and emotional issues, which may cause the user to stay awake.

To Relieve Pain and Act As an Anti-Inflammatory Agent

CBD tinctures are useful because, like other conventional painkillers, it prevents the body from sending pain signals to the brain.

How to Buy a Good CBD Tincture

Before the first-timer buy the CBD tincture, they should seek the opinion of a doctor so that they may confirm that they are in good health to consume the CBD. They will also need the doctor to check if their medication is compatible with CBD. When buying CBD tinctures, the user should be  sure about the following;

The Spectrum – Does The User Want The Full, Broad, Or CBD Isolate?

It is worth noting that CBD tinctures, like any other CBD product, are grouped into categories known as spectrums. The following are the three main spectrums of CBD;

The Full Spectrum

The full spectrum is considered the most effective as it has the most beneficial components of cannabis and THC. The users of the CBD tincture in the full spectrum experience what is known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect is experienced only when a user takes CBD, which has many chemical components.

The Broad Spectrum

The broad-spectrum is not as effective as the full spectrum as it contains most cannabis components but not THC. However, it is more effective than CBD tincture in the CBD isolate spectrum.

The CBD Isolate

The CBD isolate tincture is considered the purest although the least effective spectrum because, as its name suggests, it contains CBD only. The users of the CBD isolate do not experience the entourage effect even though it is the recommended spectrum for the first time CBD tincture uses.

The Customer Reviews

Knowing the opinions of other customers may guide the CBD tincture user in buying a good CBD tincture.

The Company’s Reputation

A company with a good reputation will consistently produce good CBD tinctures to maintain its reputation.

Side Effects of Using a Tincture

A CBD tincture, whether DIY or purchased at the shop, may be harmless, but like any other drug, it may cause side effects if used improperly. Improper use of the CBD tincture will imply that it overdosed, the user did not consult the doctor before using it, or mixed it with other products, e.g., alcohol, medication, and drugs, and it caused a reaction. Some of the symptoms of side effects that the user is likely to experience are dry throat, fatigue, diarrhea, and nausea.

Conclusion

Tran & Kavuluru (2020)  envisaged a foreseeable danger in self-medicating CBD. Making CBD tinctures at home may be a fun and economical way to enjoy using CBD. While CBD products may be safe, users may take caution to engage in anything that may compromise their general health. It is advisable to seek a doctor’s advice to confirm that they are in good health status to enjoy the CBD tincture and that their medication is compatible with the CBD tincture. Suppose given the green light by the doctor. The user should take caution in using the CBD tincture because it is a drug and may harm the user if misused. In case of any side effects, it is prudent to discontinue the use of the CBD tincture and seek medical advice.

References

Cornwell, M. (2020) CBD Tinctures: All You Need To Know.

Evans, J. (2020). The Ultimate Guide To CBD: Explore The World Of Cannabidiol. Fair Winds Press.

Tran, T., & Kavuluru, R. (2020). Social Media Surveillance For Perceived Therapeutic Effects Of Cannabidiol (CBD) Products. International Journal Of Drug Policy, 77, 102688.

Teitelbaum, J. (2019). A Hemp Oil, CBD, And Marijuana Primer: Powerful Pain, Insomnia, And Anxiety-Relieving Tools. Altern. Ther. Health Med, 25, 21-23.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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