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Confused about what a CBD tincture actually is? Here’s a breakdown on what tinctures are, what goes into them and why they’re perfect for you!
By: Jon Huffman-Eddy
If you’ve been into CBD for a while, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of tinctures at one point or another. You know, the dark bottle filled with CBD oil and donning little droppers. To some, they can be a little intimidating. To others, they are incredibly alluring!
Whether you’re a longtime fan or simply looking for a bit of clarification on those enticing little bottles and the magic that lies inside, we’ve got you covered:
Scientifically speaking – we’ve put our scientist glasses on now if you’d like to join us – at its most basic level, a tincture is an extract from a plant or animal. Rest assured, no tinctures that you purchase from us will contain animal byproducts of any kind. All of our tinctures are completely, 100% vegan, being composed of hemp plant compounds such as CBD and terpenes. We’re dedicated to keeping our products hemp-based, instead of including products that are non-vegan and less focused on their CBD and hemp aspects.
Now, what method you use to procure a hemp extract may vary. Historically, tinctures have been crafted using ethanol – in the modern era, think something like vodka or brandy – to break down the cell wall of a given plant, allowing its bio-active compounds to be released and stored in the alcohol solution.
As with many other items, tinctures date back to the Ancient Egyptians, who soaked herbs in alcohol in order to bring about their unique chemical properties. Distilling wasn’t commonly known in Europe until the 1400s, and it became a widespread practice around 1500, though the Irish and Scottish populations adopted distillery much earlier than the rest of Europe. By the “Victorian” era in most Anglocentric cultures, tinctures were a commonly found product.
There are countless examples of tinctures being used even in more recent times. Laudanum is a type of tincture that found widespread popularity in the U.S. until the 1970s. Warberg’s tincture was a common product used for a multitude of functions, and it managed to maintain its popularity all the way into the 1980s. Up through the 1920s, cannabis Indica tinctures were sold in your average pharmacy. Many stores, both throughout the US and the rest of the world, kept themselves stocked up on tinctures of all sorts, and it wasn’t until a greater emphasis was placed on the convenience of pills that the usage of tinctures began to decline.
Here at CBDfx, we use CO2 extraction to isolate our cannabinoids, rather than ethanol. While using ethanol provides an incredible shelf-life – virtually forever if you keep it out of the sun – the potency can be adversely affected when compared to more efficient extraction methods, like ours. What we’re also able to do is combine our pure cannabinoid extract with what’s referred to as a carrier oil. We use MCT oil taken from coconuts, which not only has its own awesome properties but also increases the CBD’s bioavailability. No matter which way you choose to enjoy CBD, whether it be by inhaling a vapor, consuming a gummy or using a tincture, there will always be pros and cons to consider. One such issue to keep in mind is how much of the cannabinoids your body is actually able to absorb and make use of. Tinctures are among the most efficient when it comes to overall absorption!
Our method of extraction has even more advantages. Not only is the bioavailability of the tincture improved, but using CO2 extraction also allows us to target specific cannabinoids that we’d like to have present in the final product. If you want to see an example of this, we’re extremely excited to offer up our Wellness 2:1 CBD + CBG Tincture. This powerful tincture harnesses a range of unique, valuable cannabinoids, as well as essential vitamins and nutrients.
If you’ve been following CBD news, then you’ve likely heard about a compound called CBG. Also known as the “parent cannabinoid”, it’s short for cannabigerol and is the chemical precursor to both THC and CBD. In fact, all of the major cannabinoids present in cannabis and hemp develop from the compound. On the surface, it has similar properties to CBD, but what makes it so interesting is that it is more easily interpreted by the body’s cannabinoid receptors, interacting directly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain to provide greater interactions with your endocannabinoid system.
Also present in our tincture’s supreme blend are CBC and CBD-V, two cannabinoids that work to boost the “entourage effect” of the hemp extract and enhance the wellness boosts that you’re looking for. CBD benefits from being surrounded by a bunch of its fellow hemp compounds, and we’re stoked to have gotten all of them into one bottle!
They’re not alone, either. Another reason we call it a super blend is that, besides CBD and CBG, our Wellness Tincture also contains a variety of powerful nutrients and antioxidants. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and is a natural, yet powerful, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that people have been taking advantage of for centuries. Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, has a wide range of health and wellness benefits as well. It’s a nutrient that’s naturally produced within our bodies and plays a vital role in energy production and much more. However, as we get older, our body’s ability to produce it becomes less and less effective, which can lead to a number of problems down the line. By consuming CoQ10 in an array of different products, you’re helping your body function at its highest level, day in and day out.
We hope that you feel a little more confident in your understanding of CBD tinctures. If you feel like anyone you know might be just as confused as you once were, share your newfound knowledge with them or send them a link to this blog!
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