New to using CBD tincture and unsure where to begin? Start right here, with the ultimate how-to guide covering every question you might have, but have been afraid to ask.
The big wide world of CBD therapy is constantly changing, with new studies, new technology, and new opinions coming out at a breakneck pace. With all this data flooding the online CBD community, it might be a bit hard to navigate exactly what taking CBD tincture entails - especially for the first-time user. You might even be wondering what a CBD tincture is, which is a perfectly reasonable question, and the first question we are going to tackle.
Let’s break this question down into two parts, first what is a tincture? A tincture is an extraction made from plants, which removes the most valuable compound(s) into a stronger formulation. Tinctures require a carrier to transport and “carry” the extracted compound. Alcohol and plant based oil being the most common. Tinctures are almost exclusively used for oral treatments, and are predominantly found within the health food, supplement and alternative medicine industries.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of nearly 80 known phytocannabinoids found within the cannabis sativa plant. Although a relatively new revelation within the medical marijuana sector, it is making waves around the world because it is able to provide powerful health benefits without the psychoactive symptoms triggered by THC.
Cannabidiol tinctures are one of the most effective and easiest ways to take CBD as they require no additional apparatuses, and can safely be taken by anyone. There are currently three different extraction methods used within the industry, and needless to say some are better than others.
The popularity of CBD has grown very quickly, partially because CBD is safe to use for almost anyone, including children, working professionals, seniors and even your family dog. It's so safe to use because it doesn’t cause the sensation of being high which is often associated with the other popular compound, THC. Cannabidiol has basically no serious side effects, and studies have shown it is virtually impossible to overdose on it. The primary reported side effect is the way it triggers a sensation of calm and relaxation.
Another main reason why it is suddenly so popular, is because unlike medical marijuana, it is legal nationwide (as well as in many, many, other countries). This is because it is usually processed from industrial hemp, which is legal to grow, sell, and consume in America. This circumvents its labeling as marijuana, a Schedule I illicit drug at the federal level.
For the first-time user, the results can vary when you begin. It's important to start small, go slow, and most importantly be patient as you find your perfect personal dose. Depending on strength, body type, and symptoms being treated, the dosage guidelines tend to fluctuate between different people. Pay close attention to any change in your own symptoms to better guide you towards finding a perfect dose.