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CBD Tincture vs. Oil: What’s the Difference?
Author : Jessica Assaf
The Magazine: CBD Tincture vs. Oil: What’s the Difference?
Those small dropper bottles of CBD oil seem to be everywhere, from beauty counters to convenience stores and everywhere in between. But with the emergence of a new product comes a deluge of information to digest. Two terms you’ve likely seen while researching CBD are “oils” and “tinctures.” Here, we’ll review what these products are, the difference between them, and explore your CBD product options.
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of the many phytocannabinoids found in cannabis plants, including hemp. Cannabinoids are already produced by your body, and are called endocannabinoids. Researchers have identified two so far: anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). You may choose to use CBD to boost the cannabinoids your body is making on its own.
Unlike other cannabinoids, including its famous cousin Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-intoxicating. In fact, we at Prima take the extra step to remove the trace amounts of THC that occur naturally in hemp, resulting in broad spectrum hemp extract.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is an extract from hemp plants that contains high levels of Cannabidiol. This is made through a process called extraction, which involves putting harvested hemp through a process that draws out CBD and other vital compounds. The solvent separates the compounds from the plant material, leaving behind a solution that mimics the plant’s native chemical profile, including its aromatic terpenes. That solution is then refined to remove any unwanted materials such as lipids and fats. At Prima, we use alcohol-free supercritical CO2 extraction to extract the phytocannabinoids from hemp, a process that’s free of hydrocarbons, toxins, and heavy metals. This extract is then used to create all sorts of CBD products, including skincare, bath bombs and capsules.
Generally, there are three types of CBD extract: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Full spectrum is the oil as-is from the plant, including the trace amounts of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which occur naturally in hemp. Broad spectrum retains all the compounds in the plant, but attempts to further remove the THC molecule. CBD isolate removes everything that is not cannabidiol, resulting in an extract that is often 99 percent pure CBD. Full spectrum and broad spectrum are particularly sought after because of a theory called the entourage effect, which states that all cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds in hemp work in tandem to increase the activity of the major cannabinoid. At Prima, our products are formulated with broad spectrum phytocannabinoid hemp extract.
Other types of CBD products
Even a cursory glance at the market would tell you there are far more CBD products out there than tinctures. Here’s a look at some of the CBD product types you can choose from:
Two terms you’ve likely seen while researching CBD are “oils” and “tinctures.” Here, we’ll review what these products are.