What are CBD Tinctures?
CBD Tinctures are solutions that mix CBD oil with other ingredients. Some of these extra ingredients can be other oils or terpenes, designed to maximise the potency of the solution. The reason for this is that its designed to enhance the CBD absorption into the body, increasing the effects on normal CBD oil.
The reason many people choose these is because they have a greater effect. As the CBD is amplified and enhanced by the additional ingredients, it gives a greater effect on the body and increases the beneficial uses, such as for sleeping aid, pain relief etc, the effects are greater and therefore better received by the user.
Why do People Take Them?
People take CBD tinctures for various reasons, but there are a few common reasons as to why people will take them.
One reason is that one of the effects is a nights sleep is greatly improved. People often take CBD before they head to bed to help them enjoy a better nights sleep, waking up refreshed and feeling replenished. Another is that it helps the person to better manage stress, helping to alleviate some of the feelings associated with stress. This can be a big one to help people during their day-to-day lifestyles, improving the quality of life.
Whatever the reason for taking CBD tinctures, below talks through 5 ways to take them.
5 Different Ways to use CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures can be taken in a variety of different ways, all allowing you to reap the same effects but suiting to individual preferences. Below talks about different ways to use CBD tinctures and how some will help you toincorporate them into your day-to-day lifestyle, opposed to adding an extra step to your morning/nightly routine. So, how can you take CBD tinctures?
CBD tinctures can be taken within food to ingest the liquid. By doing this, it masks the flavour of the liquid itself and allows your body to still take in the CBD.
Because it’s an oil based liquid, you’ll find that it’s quite easy to cook with and use it as an active ingredient in your meals. It’s easy to add the liquid as a raw liquid to meals, such as to a salad as a dressing, but cooking with the liquid can cause the liquid to change in its raw form whilst still keeping the benefits associated from CBD, keeping this intact. Let’s take a look at the differences and how they can be used in cooking:
Raw CBD Tinctures
Raw CBD tinctures will maintain its full chemical composition and all of the various other various parts that make up the tincture. Without any flavourings, it can have an earthy taste which may not be liked by all, but flavoured liquids are available in various flavours to suit all tastes. Using the raw flavour it can be added to foods like salads or mushroom based meals to keep that style of flavour, allowing the CBD oil to go almost unnoticed, whereas the flavoured liquids are often better suited to foods of their taste. Porridge’s are great for fruitier flavours, along with ice cream to keep that flavour.
For those that don’t like the taste, but don’t want to put it into any foods, taking CBD can be a challenge. Luckily, nature is to the rescue. Honey is a great way to mask the flavour of the CBD tincture and allow for a tasty teaspoon!
Cooked CBD Tinctures
As with many different things, when cooked the composition of the ingredients can change and CBD tinctures are no exception. However, the good news is that the CBD element which delivers the benefits isn’t changed, so it’s safe to use in cooking!
If you’re looking to consume your CBD as part of a snack, nut based snacks are a great way to do this. Baking nut bars or granola can be full of flavour, whilst combining your CBD tincture to help you feel the desired effects.
Alternatively, it’s great to include in your meals if you’re cooking. CBD tinctures come as an oil so it’s very versatile and can be used in many different foods. Just use a couple of drops as you’re cooking and mix it in, and you’ll soon notice it working!
Ingesting your CBD tincture by mixing it with your drink is an easy way to consume. Because it’s diluted within a liquid, the taste is much weaker, but still delivers the full effects of CBD.
If you’re using CBD to get a better nights sleep, then mixing it in with your evening cup of tea is a great way to incorporate it as part of your daily routine. CBD is known to help you get a better nights sleep, so just before bed is the optimum time to take some if this is your reasoning.
If it’s more to help lower stress levels, a couple of drops in your morning coffee will still do a great trick and set you off for a great day.
With the flavoured CBD it can add a hint of flavour, for example adding a fruity flavour to your drink. However/whatever it is you mix it in, you’ll find it goes down with little to no flavour, allowing you to enjoy drinks you’d normally consume on a daily basis whilst taking the added benefits of CBD.
A trend that has appeared is mixing CBD with alcoholic beverages. The results of this suggested that the two promote feelings of calmness and relaxation, but this was an old study and therefore was not conclusive evidence of this.
Underneath your tongue are blood vessels close to the surface, which means that placing the CBD oil there will allow it to be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. This makes for a quick absorption and therefore quick effects on your body.
CBD tinctures have an earthy flavour to begin with, so by placing this underneath your tongue you’ll be sure to taste this, and you may be thinking if that’s not something you like then that’s a problem. Fear not, as there are many flavours of CBD tinctures available!
Common flavours tent to be quite fruity to give you a sweet taste in your mouth as you take it. Some examples are below:
- Blueberry Pineapple Lemon
- Lemon Lime Mint
From just a few examples you can see there’s a large variety of flavours out there to redefine the typical taste of a CBD tincture to make them feel less of a chore, if you’re not keen on its natural flavour.
CBD tinctures come in a liquid form, meaning that they’re highly versatile and can be dealt with in lots of different ways. One way that’s possible to take them is to purchase a spray, where it’ll allow you to spray the liquid underneath your tongue. Very similar to sing the oil drops, it’s absorbed into the bloodstream through the blood vessels below the tongue and then spread around the body.
The key difference between the spray and the oil drops is the area covered. When a drop of oil is placed underneath the tongue, it’s only going to be absorbed by the blood vessels that it reaches. A spray can take that same amount of CBD tincture, but spread it across a lot larger area to ensure that it gets absorbed quicker into the bloodstream, meaning much quicker results as the CBD reaches your brain much more quickly.
The seemingly most common way to take your CBD tincture is by swallowing the liquid. We’ve covered food and drink ingestion, but the liquid on its own or in a mouthful with something else is something slightly different, warranting its own category.
Some people find that they wouldn’t want to tamper with their food or drinks, nor want to take up vaping which can be understandable. Taking a few drops of the CBD tincture will allow you to consume the liquid quickly and easily. The only problem with this could be, what if you don’t like the taste?
Fortunately there are many flavours of CVD tinctures available for you to give a nice flavour, as opposed to its natural flavour. Some examples these are blueberry and honey, but searching online provides so many more with all sorts of tastes to appeal to even the most sensitive taste buds. If you’d prefer not to have a flavoured liquid, but not keen on the natural flavour, it’s possible and a lot of people do take the CBD tincture with a mouthful of something. As said by Mary Poppins, ‘a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down’. A common way is to mix your CBD tincture with a spoonful of honey to give a sweet flavour and mask the taste of the natural flavours of your CBD tincture.