CBD OIL VS. CBD TINCTURES
CBD oil is the most common form of taking pure CBD for medicinal purposes. Essentially, CBD oil is pure CBD, extracted from cannabis plants, suspended in an inert oil solution. The process of collecting the oil from the Cannabis Sativa plant is quite similar to other oil gathering processes. Some manufacturers isolate pure CBD from individual hemp plants, whereas others extract the entire plant and seek to ring out every last drop of potential cannabinoids.
Generally speaking, the CBD within Cannabis Sativa plants is encased within the buds, the same as the THC in marijuana. However, according to the United Nations report on cannabis, the rest of the plant does contain trace amounts of both THC and CBD, so it is possible to extract small amounts of the important compounds from the leaves and stems.
The method of extraction is quite commonly done using CO2. Essentially, temperature control is utilized so as to force concentrated CO2 through the plant, which isolates the CBD molecules from the other plant nutrients and compounds. This avoids corrupting the final product, leaving a pure, distilled form of CBD which can then be suspended in a food-safe oil.
CBD oil is generally used for the purpose of either oral ingestion or through application in food. It is commonly sold in a small bottle with a dropper, allowing you to administer it a few drops at a time.
CBD tinctures are a bit different from CBD oil. While it is still a concentrated form of CBD, with tinctures, the CBD is actually suspended in a small amount of distilled alcohol. The word tincture itself describes any kind of medicine kept in an alcohol solution.
The benefits of suspending your CBD in alcohol are primarily the fact that it is extremely easy to administer it into food or take it straight. However, CBD oil does win over tinctures when using the substance in fat-soluble foods like butter-based sauces and the like, due to the fact that alcohol will not mix with fats.
With CBD oil, the inert oil does nothing to disguise the somewhat concentrated, off-putting taste of pure CBD. By using a tincture, you are able to avoid that unwanted bad taste, instead letting it fall easily onto your tongue.
A big problem with tinctures is that they cannot be vaporized using an e-pen – to do so can be potentially quite dangerous, as the alcohol is not designed to combust in the same way that oil is. They should let you know about this on the packet of your tincture, but it’s still very important to remember.
It depends on which you prefer, if you prefer taste – choose the tinctures. Remember, do NOT vape a tincture or it may (most likely will), explode.