CBD Oils & Tinctures
Traditionally an alcohol extract of herbs, tinctures are often used interchangeably with oils and may contain other cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant constituents. They may have a bitter taste that isn't always appreciated, so many tinctures have added flavors
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Full Spectrum Oils & Tinctures
Full spectrum tinctures contain CBD and other cannabinoids as well as THC, but, by law, must contain ≤0.3% THC. The “entourage effect”-- an effect that proposes that CBD, THC, other cannabinoids, terpenes and other hemp constituents work together to produce an additive effect-- is believed to function in both full and broad spectrum tinctures (and oils). While the entourage effect is a working hypothesis rather than a proven effect, it is believed that these additional health benefits may include better sleep, pain management and better overall health.
Isolate Oils & Tinctures
Isolate tinctures are not truly tinctures because the hemp constituents are not extracted into the alcohol. Instead, purified CBD is isolated and then added to the alcohol (or oil). Isolates avoid any concerns of THC but may also limit any potential entourage effect. Isolates also allow you to know more precisely how much CBD you are taking and what benefits accrue to CBD alone.
Broad spectrum Oils & Tinctures
Broad spectrum tinctures contain all the hemp plant constituents with the exception of THC. In other words, broad spectrum tinctures contain all the cannabinoids, terpenes, essential fatty acids, amino acids and other nutrients in hemp. Broad spectrum tinctures and oils may be best in those for whom THC content may be a concern. For example, if you work in a job or profession where drug testing is routinely done, you may want to avoid the full spectrum products and rely on broad spectrum products. Or-- if you are concerned about random drug testing, you may want to avoid the full spectrum products.
Most Affordable Oils & Tinctures
We at Leafreport provide the prices of various tinctures as cost/mg of CBD to give you a way to compare costs of the various tinctures. We divide products into three price grades (grades A, B and C). Only then”bargain grades” will be listed on this page.
Low potency Oils & Tinctures
Potency is a way to look at the concentration of CBD in a product. Low potency simply means there is a lower concentration of CBD per unit of measurement. In tinctures, the measurement would be mg/mL. It does not imply that the CBD won’t work or is different in any other way from other forms of CBD other than the absolute amount of CBD per dose. In fact, many people use low potency CBD because that is all they need to achieve their specific goal and these tinctures are often a good place to start when looking for your “sweet spot” dosage.
Moderate potency Oils & Tinctures
Moderate potency tinctures are those which contain a mid-range concentration of CBD. Often people may find they need to “move up” to a moderate potency CBD from a low potency product when trying to achieve their health goals.
Most Potent Oils & Tinctures
High potency indicates a higher concentration of CBD—this means that there is more CBD per dose as compared to a low or moderate potency product. It does not indicate that the CBD is stronger or better, just more concentrated. At LeafReport, we recommend that you “Start Low and Go Slow” when trying to achieve your health goal. This can mean starting with a low potency tincture and, if necessary, increasing the dose slowly until you achieve that goal. This allows you just to use the amount you need and can save you money! Remember, more is not always better!
Why Oils & Tinctures
Tinctures often contain lower amounts of CBD but have a longer shelf-life and have the advantage of containing more cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant constituents. Tinctures are often less expensive (based on $/mg of CBD) than oils. Both tinctures and oils are dispensed with drops, which allows you to control the amount of CBD ingested. Oils and tinctures are best taken sublingually or under the tongue, although most oil based tinctures will not completely absorb under the tongue and may follow the pattern of ingestion. If you are clean and sober, you should not use tinctures because they do contain alcohol.
Oils & Tinctures FAQs
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Yes, kind of.
CBD is legal on a federal level in the United States if it is derived from the hemp plant and contains no more than 0.3% THC. However, some states, including Idaho, have laws restricting the use of CBD. Marijuana derived CBD is illegal on the federal level but is legal under some state laws. CBD laws vary greatly from country to country, so be sure to research the applicable laws in your area.
CBD is found to be generally safe. There have been no deaths attributed to ingestion of the cannabis plant, including CBD. The FDA has approved one CBD based drug called Epidiolex used for epileptic seizure reduction. The FDA reports that CBD can cause liver injury and interact with other medications. There have been no reports of liver injury in humans who have taken CBD even at high doses. Side effects of taking CBD may include drowsiness, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and change in mood. There is more research needed around the safety and efficacy of CBD. Consult your health care provider before taking CBD to ensure it is right for you.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA
) states CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals including rats. Other studies
show that participants with social anxiety disorder (SAD) experienced overall reduction in anxiety levels after taking CBD. CBD is also known to help with PTSD
symptoms including replaying negative memories and enduring nightmares.
Do CBD Help with anxiety?
Yes. CBD inhibits an enzyme called Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase, or FAAH
, which is responsible for breaking down an endocannabinoid called Anandamide. Ananda- is Sanskrit for joy or bliss and helps with elevated mood. People with anxiety may have lower levels
of anandamide. Introducing CBD can help decrease the reuptake of anandamide and cause it to hang around longer which could decrease anxiety symptoms. CBD is also thought to stimulate serotonin
receptors. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in mental health. Having insufficient serotonin can also contribute to anxiety. CBD may be a viable option for those suffering with anxiety disorders.
Do CBD Help with sleep disorders?
Researchers have discovered that our endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating circadian rhythms. CBD is also known to reduce pain and anxiety, both of which can have a negative impact on sleep quality. This study
found a significant decrease in insomnia symptoms for participants taking CBD and other cannabinoids. While more research is needed, CBD use as a possible sleep aid looks promising.
pain have the most research and very promising results. The Arthritis Foundation
states CBD appears fairly safe and might help certain types of pain. They conducted a survey of 2600 people and found that 79% are currently using CBD, have used it in the past, or are considering using it to help manage their arthritis pain. Research also shows that CBD inhibits inflammatory molecules in the body that contribute to pain.
No. CBD is nonintoxicating and does not produce a high, unlike its intoxicating sister cannabinoid THC. While full spectrum CBD does contain THC, it must have less than 0.3%, which is too low of an amount to produce a high, usually. Some higher potency CBD products can have as much as 2mg of THC which can be enough to cause a euphoric effect. Contrary to popular belief, CBD is psychoactive, because it does have an effect on the mind, including the ability to reduce anxiety. CBD is psychoactive but non intoxicating.
Can I use CBD if I am pregnant/nursing?
Always speak to your physician about taking any substance, including CBD, while pregnant or nursing. There are no studies that show the effects of CBD on a developing baby. Like with any other medication, your doctor will determine if the benefits of using CBD outweigh the risks of not using
CBD while pregnant or nursing. The FDA recommends against the use of CBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding due to a lack of comprehensive research on CBD’s effects on the developing baby.
How many drops of CBD oils and tinctures should I take?
It all depends on what your health goal is and varies from one person to another. We at Leafreport always recommend you “Start Low and Go Slow”. In other words, start at the lowest dose you can and slowly increase that until your personal health goal is achieved. To figure out how much CBD is in a dropperful, take the total mg in the bottle and divide it by the total volume of the bottle. So, if the bottle contains a total of 300 mg and has a volume of 15 mL, 300mg/15mL= 20 mg/mL. Each 1 mL dropperful has 20 drops/mL, so each drop would have 20 (mg/mL) divided by 20 drops= 1 mg per drop of CBD.
I’ve Never Tried CBD oils or tinctures. What Can I Expect?
The taste may be the first thing you notice! It is an “acquired” taste for some, but I would start with an unflavored product first– you never know, you might like it! (I do!). If not, there are many flavors to choose from! Set your health goal first (ie. better sleep, relief from pain, anxiety, depression etc) At first, if you Start Low and Go Slow, you might not experience any effects. In that case, slowly increase your dose until you find your “sweet spot” for whatever your health goal is. Keep a diary or journal to record any changes in how you feel. Be prepared to be patient– Starting Low and Going Slow is the best and safest way to approach dosing but it takes time and patience. Once you find your best dose, you are set!
How long do the effects of oils and tinctures last?
With oils and tinctures, the best “delivery method” is for you to hold the liquid under the tongue for 30-60 seconds. That allows for the most effective absorption. How long it lasts depends on a number of factors– how much your dose is, your overall state of health and what you are trying to achieve. Overall, for most people, the effects last for 2-6 hours and some people report a cumulative effect.
What are the benefits of CBD oils and tinctures?
The greatest benefit is the ability to control the dose and individualize your CBD regimen. CBD oils and tinctures can be used to address widespread pain, sleep issues, anxiety, depression and inflammatory issues.
Do I need a prescription for CBD oil tinctures?
Where CBD is legal (and there are only a few states left where it isn’t – check your local laws!), you do NOT need a prescription. We always encourage you to work with your healthcare professional or one that is knowledgeable in CBD before starting any regimen.
What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?
Hemp oil is usually derived from hemp seeds and contains very little CBD while CBD oil contains CBD as the main “ingredient”. Hemp seed oil has nutritional benefits.
What is the difference between CBD oil and CBD tinctures?
While the two terms are often used interchangeably, a CBD oil contains CBD, possibly other cannabinoids and carrier oils while a CBD tincture is an alcohol-based extract of the hemp plant and likely contains other cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids and other plant constituents.