It seems like everybody in the world wants to know what a CBD tincture is good for. There are CBD gummies, CBD softgels, and even CBD lotions. But, what exactly is a tincture and how does one go about using one? If you don’t already know the ins and outs of tinctures, you may want to continue reading this article because we are about to put some great information into your brain that might just change the way that you use your CBD from here on out.
What is a CBD Tincture?
Of course, it would help to understand exactly what we are talking about before we dive too deeply into how to use one. A tincture is simply a medication or a medicinal element that is brought from a physical state into a liquid, or an oil state then stored in a solution of distilled alcohol, ethanol, or some other type of solvent.
In years past, manufactures would use solvents that could potentially harm people. It didn’t take long for companies that produced hemp extract tinctures to steer away from harmful solvents and look towards using ones that were much safer.
Distilled alcohol and food-grade ethanol were very effective solvents. However, developers discovered a way to use supercritical CO2 to extract the hemp oil from the hemp plant without allowing any added ingredients to the tincture.
What happens is that the hemp plant solids are carboxylated then placed into a chamber. The machinery that allows the supercritical process to occur is made up of three chambers. The first is where the CO2 is introduced then transformed into its supercritical state. The next is where the supercritical C02 is pulled into to mix with the hemp plant solids and initiate the extraction process. The third is where the supercritical fluid that contains the extract is pushed into. Once the extract with the supercritical solution is in the third chamber, the machine allows the CO2 to regain its natural state as gas and freely fly away from the extracted hemp oil. All that remains is a nice, fresh hemp extract tincture.
What Tinctures Are For
The reason why tinctures are so popular is that if you use them the way they were intended to be used you will receive the effects of the CBD much faster than you would any other way, except for smoking it. Tinctures are supposed to be administered by dropping a couple of drops under the tongue and allowing the solution to enter the bloodstream directly through the veins. Sublingual administration is extremely effective because the veins that carry the tincture to the parts of the body that will put the CBD to use are directly under the tongue, and only covered by a very thin layer of skin.
In order to get any real effects from swallowing a tincture, you would have to ingest much more than a couple of drops. Just like anything else that enters your body through the mouth it has to go through the digestive system in order to reach the bloodstream. When you swallow a couple of drops of CBD tincture, the only thing that will happen is that your drops will quickly be burnt away in the digestive stomach acids. The reason why there are CBD gummies and CBD softgels is that they are both tiny amounts of CBD that are encapsulated or protected by a barrier that allows them to be digested and absorbed through the stomach.
The Best Use
Although it might be tempting to put a couple of drops of tincture in your mouth and swallow them, most likely it would be a waste. You could try putting drops in your favorite beverage, or on some of your snacks but it might not work out as well as you would like it to. The best way to use a CBD tincture is to put a couple of drops directly under your tongue and allow them to sit there for at least 30 seconds. Take the remaining liquid under your tongue and whisk it around the inside of your cheeks with your tongue for a couple of minutes too, before you swallow it.
If you administer your tincture in this manner, you will always get the best out use of it.