Your Guide to CBD Oils and Tinctures

Author Grace Holliday by Grace Holliday

Just a few years ago, many people hadn’t even heard of cannabidiol, or CBD for short. Thankfully, the scientific community has finally started appreciating what the cannabis plant can do for health and well-being. The market has exploded with so many products that it can be a challenge to weed out (excuse the pun) exactly what will help you. 

With this in mind, we’ve put together this handy guide to choosing and using CBD oil and tinctures. Read on for the details, the differences and directions for effective, efficient use.

What Are CBD Oils and Tinctures? 

Broad spectrum cannabidiol, or CBD, comes from hemp and contains every beneficial component of the plant — including health-boosting terpenes and other cannabinoids — aside from THC. THC is the element that causes the classic “high” feeling, making broad-spectrum CBD THC-free and with no risk of psychoactive effects.

There are various ways to take CBD-rich broad-spectrum hemp oil. One of the most popular is CBD oil drops — which are typically either CBD oils or CBD tinctures. 

What Is the Difference Between Tincture and Oil?

The terms tincture and oil are often used interchangeably when it comes to CBD products and marketing — but there actually is an important distinction between the two. The difference between CBD tincture and CBD oil is the base. While tincture has an alcohol solution base, oils have an oil base. With CBD tincture, the CBD is suspended in an alcohol solution. This means that the tincture can be mixed with flavoring, like peppermint or lemon. Because CBD tincture is 60–70% alcohol solution, it is often less potent than an oil. 

Oils, on the other hand, do not contain any alcohol. Instead, the CBD and other beneficial hemp extracts are mixed in with a carrier oil — MCT (a form of coconut oil) being one of the most popular thanks to it’s brain-boosting effects. Using an oil means there is no alcohol solution diluting the CBD oil. This makes for a more natural taste, and a stronger, purer product.  

How Do I Use CBD Oil?

Do you swallow CBD oil? you ask. Yes, but it is a little bit more complicated than simply dropping it into your mouth. Instead, place a few drops under your tongue and hold it there for 60 seconds. While you wait, it will start slowly absorbing into your body. 

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Once the 60 seconds is up, you can safely swallow any remaining oil and allow it to continue its work. This method allows the CBD to bypass your digestive system, allowing its effects to be felt more strongly and more quickly than consuming it orally. Oils like the SHEbd Broad Spectrum Hemp Oil can get to work in as little as five minutes. In other words, not only is it effective, it’s also efficient.

Can I Use CBD Oil Directly on My Skin?

Some CBD fans do apply CBD oil directly on their skin, also known as applying CBD topically. CBD is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, making it suitable for soothing aching muscles, painful joints and overall soreness. You can apply CBD oil to your temples to ease stress or a headache, and you can apply oil before bed for a more restful night’s sleep. 

Alternatively, you can apply CBD oil whenever you’re in need of relief. That said, you may find using a cream or balm less messy. SHEbd offers both a Comfort Cream and a Balm to help soothe sore muscles and stiff joints with targeted CBD application.

How Are Oils Different from Other CBD Products? 

CBD oils or tinctures are taken by holding them under your tongue before swallowing. CBD softgels and capsules, on the other hand, are small, soft capsules that hold CBD oil inside them. SHEbd Broad Spectrum Hemp Softgels contain 10 mg of CBD per capsule. While you can adjust the number of capsules you take as you discover what dosage of CBD works best for you, CBD oils do give you greater control of the amount of CBD you choose to incorporate into your routine. Quick and easy to take, CBD capsules and softgels are a handy option for your office, handbag or suitcase. 

You’ll also find CBD available in a variety of beauty products, from lip balm to sheet masks and more.

What Effects Can I Expect?

Taking CBD oil sublingually allows you to experience the benefits of CBD oil for both the body and the mind.

We’ve already touched upon CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, but which parts of your body could benefit from such relief? Women can be hugely impacted by hormones, contraception and their menstrual cycle, and CBD’s power to reduce inflammation can ease issues brought on by these elements. We’re talking cramping, sore muscles and other discomfort that comes along with your period. 

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If you take CBD oil before bed, you are taking steps toward a more restful night’s sleep. If you take oil ahead of a big day at work, you can tamp down unnecessary stress. 

Read more about the benefits of CBD.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

The impact of CBD, and how long its effects last, vary from person to person. After all, your body is unique. As such, it’s wise to start with the minimum recommended dosage, and build up to the maximum recommend dosage slowly, over a period of time — taking note of how you feel as you change your dosage to find what works best for you.

Your height, weight and metabolism will also impact how long you feel the benefits of CBD. In general, CBD will stay in your system for three to four days. Over time, you will learn how long the effects stay noticeable for you.