CBD Oils and Tinctures? How to Choose Between the Two

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A lot of Canadians have asked various questions about CBD, especially about oils and tinctures. It is not surprising that there are so many questions floating around about these products, considering how popular and reliable they are. But, between the two, which one should you choose?

If you are researching into CBD or cannabidiol, sooner or later you will stumble upon CBD oils or tinctures as a topic. If you haven’t tried both products yet, you might have some questions that you want to ask. Or even wonder if both products are actually the same thing or not.

What is a CBD Tincture?

A CBD tincture is an alcohol-based extract. The natural compounds of the hemp plant are extracted using high-proof alcohol as a solvent, and again in the finished product. Typically, CBD in alcohol-based liquids contains about 60 to 70% alcohol in the finished product.

A lot of people who have tried tinctures describe the taste as very bitter. Some manufacturers try to mask the bitterness of tinctures with additives like flavoring, vegetable glycerin, and sweeteners. Some also add vitamins, supplements, herbal extracts, etc. depending on what they are trying to achieve.

Other than that, tinctures have a longer shelf life of up to 5 years. As for the ingredients, typically, CBD tinctures are a mix of water, supplements, sweeteners, essential vitamins, essential oils, and herbs. In Canada, CBD2Heal comes recommended as one of the best selling brands online.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oils are typically made by an extraction method that extracts the oil from the seeds, stalks, and flowers of the hemp plant. After the compounds are extracted, they are then mixed with the carrier oil, typically essential oils for flavor.

Considering how difficult it is to extract only CBD from hemp plants, CBD oils aren’t exactly. So you might find flavonoids and terpenes in the oil as well. But some manufacturers in Canada claim their oils are 99% pure. As for the ingredients, typically, CBD oils are a mix of coconut oil, hemp seed oil, vegetable glycerin base, and MCT oil.

How to Take CBD Oils and Tinctures

CBD oils can be taken orally if you can tolerate the taste, while tinctures can be taken sublingually or under the tongue. You may have to wait up to two hours before the CBD oil can take effect. Tinctures on the other hand maybe faster. Also, if you mix oil with foods and drinks, the effects may come later but last longer.

The Differences of CBD Oils and Tinctures

So now you know that the two products are created differently in Canada based on the extraction methods. CBD oils contain CBD combined with oils, while tinctures contain CBD which is extracted with the help of alcohol.

Other than that, the two products contain the same natural ingredients but may differ depending on the manufacturer or the purpose of the product. Even the prices for both products are often similar. Although, for oils, the purer the oil is the pricier it will be.

Here are some more differences:

  • Shelf life. Tinctures generally have a longer shelf life since they are alcohol-based. Oils on the other hand have a shorter shelf life, but not too short. As long as you store both products somewhere away from direct sunlight, you can make sure they last long enough.
  • Typically, CBD oils taste worse than tinctures. Commonly, oils aren't ingested orally and alone, instead, they are mixed in other foods or substances. Tinctures, on the other hand, may contain sweeteners or other flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and many others.

How to Choose Between the Two?

Everything comes down to your personal preferences. What important is learning how to buy high-quality oils and tinctures online or in stores. Some information that you should know are:

  • Please read carefully about the amount of CBD and THC of the product. Usually, you can read the information right on the label. Each product may have a different dosage per serving. If this is your first time taking CBD, you should always go for lower doses first. It’s like testing the water and see how your body will react. If you think the dosage isn’t enough, you can slowly increase it.
  • Cannabinoid profile. Full-spectrum products contain all the compounds, including THC. Broad-spectrum products contain all the compounds except THC. CBD isolate products contain only CBD.

Conclusion

Both CBD oils and tinctures are great products that are already loved by many Canadians. If you can get yourself a high-quality product, then your experience will most likely be positive.

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