how to take CBD: oil, tincture, powder and more
You want to see what CBD can do for you, but you’re confused about how to take CBD. There are just so many options. Should you take a CBD oil or powder? Are tinctures better than gummies? And what is a tincture anyway? If only taking CBD was as easy as drinking a glass of water.
It turns out that figuring out how to take CBD doesn’t have to be complicated. It all comes down to taste and effectiveness. Taste is just what flavors you prefer (and for many, herbaceous hemp isn’t a preferred flavor). Effectiveness is predicated upon your body’s ability to absorb and make use of the CBD, also known as bioavailability. Different methods of CBD delivery offer different absorption rates. Higher bioavailability means it’s easier for your body to access and use more of a product’s CBD.
CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.
Full-spectrum hemp products include all of these, including trace amounts of THC (less than .3%). To get CBD without THC, you need a CBD isolate. “Isolating” the CBD strips away all of the other compounds.
In case you’re wondering, no, CBD won’t get you high. THC is the only cannabinoid that has psychoactive effects.
There are two common forms of CBD isolate —oil, and powder. You can take them as tinctures, pills, edibles… the list goes on. We have an obvious favorite (more on that later). But the best way to take CBD is the method that works for you.
HOW TO TAKE CBD TINCTURE
A CBD tincture is basically CBD suspended in MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil, alcohol or vinegar, which acts as a carrier. Do you swallow CBD? Yes, after you’ve let it sit under your tongue. To take it, place a single drop of the CBD tincture under your tongue. This is sometimes difficult to do. Hold it there for about 60 seconds. Then swallow. This is called a sublingual (under the tongue) application. Spitting it out prior to holding it under your tongue means you might not get the full dosage.
Studies have shown that a sublingual CBD tincture can offer 13-19% bioavailability. Some sources claim up to 35%, but we’d like to see more research on that. One downside is that tinctures often contain impurities such as pesticides and heavy metals, which often remain in the product beyond the production process. Other drawbacks are difficulty of use, dosage inconsistency, and its herbaceous taste. CBD tincture is known to be a bit (actually a lot) bitter in flavor. While some people don’t mind it, many find the taste off-putting.
CBD CAPSULES AND EDIBLES
Capsules and edibles deliver CBD in ways that are easy to consume.
Follow the recommendations of the manufacturer to decide how many capsules or gummies you should take per day. CBD dosage depends on your body size, activity level, and health goals, as well as the concentration of CBD in the capsule or edible. Pay close attention to manufacturer recommendations and only use a product that is third-party tested to make sure you’re getting consistent dosing, and that the product is free of toxins or pesticides. If the manufacturer won’t share a third-party test, don’t use that product.
These ingestible forms of CBD offer somewhere between 6-20% bioavailability. The exact number depends on concentration, other ingredients, and your body chemistry. In general, capsules tend to offer the lowest bioavailability. On the other hand, gummies may have that earthy flavor we mentioned before.
One thing to keep in mind about edibles: this CBD product category is the most prone to adulteration, as demonstrated through random testing conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showing little or no CBD content in some brands.
VAPING AND SMOKING: NOT RECOMMENDED
You can do this, but why would you? We all know that smoking is bad for you. There have been plenty of studies proving it. The long-term health effects of vaping are under investigation , and there’s reason to believe they’re not great. With so many other ways to take CBD, this one just doesn’t seem like the best option.
TOPICAL CBD CREAMS AND LOTIONS
Creams and lotions are rubbed directly on the skin.
They are often designed to soothe pain or inflammation. Just take a glob of lotion or cream and rub it directly on the skin. The main benefit of creams and lotions is also their major drawback: they are highly targeted. That means you may feel immediate (or at least speedy) effects at the application site. Yet, they probably won’t improve your overall wellbeing.
HOW TO TAKE CBD ISOLATE POWDER IN DRINKS
Now we come to our favorite way to get the benefits of CBD. Water-soluble CBD powder can be mixed in your favorite drinks without changing their flavor. A third party tester makes sure that every batch is consistent. Plus, CBD isolate powder delivers up to 5x greater bioavailability than tinctures or edible. CBD isolate powders are much more effective than other ways to take CBD.
Water-soluble CBD powder has no earthy taste. Mix unflavored Zolt Balance with your favorite beverage without altering the flavor. Or jazz things up with a flavored mixie stick that tastes like coconut, lemon tea, or honey citrus. You can also choose a full-spectrum mixie, to get all 113 cannabinoids. Just remember full-spectrum CBD powder does have trace amounts of THC.
Whether you choose flavored or unflavored, isolate or full-spectrum, CBD powder is easy to take. Open a pack of powdered CBD isolate, dump it into your favorite tea, fruit juice, or water. Mix thoroughly to make sure those adaptogens really get moving. Gulp it down and get ready to have an awesome day.
As always, Zolt advises that you discuss with your doctor before starting a hemp regimen.
It turns out that figuring out how to take CBD doesn’t have to be complicated. It all comes down to taste and effectiveness.
How to use CBD tincture
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- What is a CBD tincture?
- How do CBD tinctures work?
- Why use a CBD tincture?
- What to keep in mind when taking CBD tincture
- How to use a CBD tincture
For first time users and more experienced consumers alike, the vast array of available CBD options can be confusing. Every day the US market is saturated with new CBD products, particularly since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
The FDA has yet to produce an official serving size for CBD so dosing and consumption method is up to individual preference and need. Tincture is one popular consumption method among those who want a more precise dosing mechanism. Read on to learn more about CBD tinctures, how they work, and how to use them.
What is a CBD tincture?
A tincture is a concentrated plant extract crafted by soaking the plant in a solvent such as alcohol or food-grade oils for several weeks.
A tincture is a concentrated plant extract crafted by soaking the plant in a solvent such as alcohol or food-grade oils for several weeks. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The first official record of cannabis tinctures used in medicine appeared in an 1843 medical journal. The journal featured a tincture recipe, and soon after, apothecaries and medicine producers began to make and sell their versions.
CBD tinctures extract the cannabinoid from the plant, though different tinctures can be refined to include only certain aspects of the plant. These result in full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate tincture varieties.
How do CBD tinctures work?
CBD tinctures are usually taken sublingually and absorbed into the bloodstream by capillaries in the cheek, gums, and under the tongue. Tinctures should be rubbed into the tissue inside the mouth to promote absorption. Typically, the tincture is then swallowed, and the remainder is absorbed through the digestive system. CBD from the tincture then interacts with the endocannabinoid system possibly helping the body self-regulate and achieve homeostasis.
CBD tinctures are usually taken sublingually and absorbed into the bloodstream by capillaries in the cheek, gums, and under the tongue. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Why use a CBD tincture?
There are many benefits to using CBD tinctures. First, they are easy to dose, as you can easily figure out and adjust the amount you take to deliver the desired results.
For example, a 30-milliliter bottle of CBD that contains 300 milligrams of CBD has 10 milligrams of CBD in a one-milliliter dropper, the standard size for most bottle droppers. Knowing that, you can choose to use half a dropper (five milligrams) or whatever amount you desire and adjust your dose with each use as needed.
Another benefit of CBD tinctures is their high bioavailability, meaning the body is able to effectively utilize more of the cannabinoids in a tincture administered sublingually. Compared to other consumption methods, tinctures can deliver the same effects with a lower dose, cutting down on possible side effects and saving money.
A tincture is also a smokeless, vapeless alternative that mitigates the potential harms associated with each of those consumption methods. There’s also virtually zero cleanup involved with a tincture, even when taken with morning coffee or an afternoon tea.
There’s also virtually zero cleanup involved with a tincture, even when taken with morning coffee or an afternoon tea. Photo by: (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Finally, it’s virtually impossible to overdose on CBD, tincture or otherwise. Studies found that CBD had no adverse side effects at amounts up to 1200 milligrams daily, even when taken for several months.
What to keep in mind when taking CBD tincture
When taking CBD tincture, keep these things in mind to maximize the effects of your cannabis.
Have a specific goal in mind that you want to achieve with CBD, as this will help you determine the best product and dose for your particular needs. Start with a low amount, and slowly work your way up to find the optimal dose. Your weight, body chemistry, and genetics all affect how CBD works on your system, so pay attention to what feels best to you.
Remember that a tincture is likely to have a double onset. One very quickly for the CBD absorbed through the mouth, and one later for the swallowed CBD absorbed via the digestive tract.
Read the label to understand more about the CBD in your tincture. Full-spectrum means the CBD was extracted from the plant and includes cannabis-derived terpenes and trace amounts of THC and other cannabinoids. Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains the same array of cannabinoids and terpenes as full-spectrum but without any traces of THC. Finally, isolates are made by stripping away all cannabinoids and terpenes, leaving behind only a white crystalline powder that is pure CBD.
If you’re currently taking medication, it’s important to discuss potential CBD use with your doctor to determine any possible interactions.
There are known drug interactions with CBD. For example, CBD and grapefruit inhibit the same enzymes (CYP450). They both have the same effect on boosting blood levels of other medications.
Anyone is taking a medication with a “grapefruit warning label” it’s important to discuss CBD use with your doctor as CBD could alter how other medications are metabolized.
How to use a CBD tincture
Before taking a CBD tincture, shake the bottle to ensure a proper saturation of CBD mixed in with the liquid. Measure out the amount of fluid using the attached dropper and squeeze the tincture under your tongue. Hold the liquid in your mouth for up to three minutes, rubbed into the tissue of the mouth to maximize absorption, and swallow.
Wait approximately 60 to 90 minutes to evaluate the dose’s effects. If you need more, take another dropper-full and repeat the above steps. It’s helpful to consume CBD with a meal or high-fat snack, as CBD is fat-soluble, and the fat increases its absorption by four to five times.
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