Cbd Tinctures: Advantages And Disadvantages
Even though the use of CBD has increased over the years, there is still limited information on its health benefits or therapeutic effect. CBD, cannabinol is one of the psychoactive compounds found in the cannabis plant, however, it does not give the same euphoric effect as its counterpart tetrahydrocannabinol THC, meaning you won’t get high with taking CBD. CBD has been made, manufactured and produced in so many forms to suit the taste of their customers. Among these forms is the cbd tincture, which we shall be discussing in this article, together with information on CBD itself and its benefits.
Cannabinol, as said earlier is a psychoactive compound but it won’t make you high as THC tetrahydrocannabinol would. It exerts its effect by binding itself to the endocannabinoid system in your body and acting like it. And although how it does this is not yet understood, there are some beliefs that it causes a breakdown of molecules known as endocannabinoids, which is quite similar to the cannabinoid but is produced in the body. You should know that even if you do not use or smoke cannabis, you have naturally occurring endocannabinoids in your system.
Cannabinoid, CBD is gotten from the cannabis plant and it has been found to have a therapeutic effect on pain, anxiety, depression, sleep, acne and some type of seizures.
There are different products of CBD including oils, gummies, tinctures, vapes, etc.
The CBD tincture is an alcohol-based extract, ie it is extracted using high-proof alcohol as the solvent so that the natural compounds of the cannabis plant are preserved and then used in the finished product. This method allows for the preservation of cannabinoids and also protects them against oxidation but requires a lot of work due to filtration and refinement of the product.
These tinctures are usually bitter and to mask this bitter taste, manufacturers make use of masking agents such as sweeteners, flavouring agents, or vegetable glycerin. Some might even add vitamins, herbal extracts or supplements eg melatonin, but this depends on what the product will be used for.
Tinctures are quite uncommon and scarce and most products labelled as such are usually oils.
- They are quite easy to dose.
- They can easily be mixed with food and beverages.
- When used sublingually, they have a fast onset of action.
- They have a bitter taste.
- They are scarce hence, not as readily available oils.
- They are not effective when used topically.