CBD Oil Vs. CBD Tinctures: what's the difference?
When we're talking about cannabis, THC and CBD are two widely talked about cannabinoids in the world today. CBD Oil has expanded in popularity across the globe in countries where it is legal to sell because of its therapeutic benefits and the absence of any psychoactive effects.
This is the main reason why CBD is becoming the preferred choice for offering quick relief from pain, anxiety, and problems with sleep, as it won't get you 'high.'
CBD can be consumed in various ways, such as gummies, vapes, capsules, but what many consumers are yet to learn is that the form you consume CBD makes a considerable difference to how effective it will be.
We will explain the difference between CBD Oil and CBD tinctures in this article as they are two top-rated and very similar products.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD Oil is an extraction from the seeds, stem, and leaves of the hemp plant. Of all the available forms of CBD, CBD oil is the most potent. CBD Oils will also contain beneficial fatty acids, terpenes, proteins, and essential vitamins, which make it a very suitable product.
Studies have shown that CBD oil interacts with your body's endocannabinoid system, and due to its high potency, only low doses are required typically before noticing the effects. However, the needed exact dosage can be affected by numerous other factors.
CBD Oil Ingredients
The CBD in the CBD oil will be mixed with a Carrier Oil. Examples of carrier oils are:
- MCT Oil
- Hemp seed Oil
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
What are CBD Tinctures?
The Word' Tincture' simply refers to any medication that is kept in an alcohol arrangement. Even though CBD tinctures are derived from hemp, they are different from CBD Oil.
The CBD is suspended in 60-70% alcohol; therefore, the CBD extracts must come in liquid form. They are consumed sublingually (under the tongue) in a similar fashion to CBD Oil, but they are much less potent; however, they do have a long shelf life.
CBD Tinctures may also have a higher bioavailability than CBD Oil, and CBD Tinctures can be used for cooking when using water-soluble CBD.
CBD Tincture Ingredients
CBD ratio in Tincture is less as compared to Oil. It is mainly due to the other substances being added to enhance flavour. Some of the ingredients are:
- Essential vitamins like B12, D, C, etc.;
● Sweeteners; and
● Essential oils like basil, lavender, etc.
Difference between CBD oil and CBD tinctures
CBD oil contains cannabidiol as an oil carrier/base. On the other hand, CBD tincture has an alcohol base. Regardless of their base, both mimic the same therapeutic properties. They are widely used to relieve inflammation, stress, anxiety, etc.
CBD oil can be ingested using the vaping method, while Tincture can be easily ingested by mixing in food due to its alcohol base.
CBD oil has a distinct taste when consumed orally. There are many delicious flavoured CBD Oil available, such as Enhance's raspberry flavoured 1000 mg full spectrum CBD Oil or the Chocolate and Hazlenut 1000 mg full spectrum CBD Oil, which uses MCT oil for the carrier Oil as its seen as being the nicest tasting carrier Oil.
The price of any CBD product depends on its strength, potency, extraction method, etc. As a general trend, the cost of a 500ml CBD oil and Tincture is roughly the same (ranging between £30 - £35, but usually, high-quality CBD oil is more expensive than Tincture.
When compared to CBD oil, tinctures offer an extended shelf life as it is made of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which acts as a preservative. One can spot an expired CBD oil when they sight a cloudy/foggy thing in Oil. To extend the life of any CBD products, keep them away from direct sun contact.
Both CBD Oil and Tinctures are consumed discreetly with no psychoactive effects. The decision of which to buy is down to consumer preference of taste, affordability, and potency of the products.
Is CBD Oil Legal In The UK?
CBD Oil is entirely legal in the UK. The FSA approved the sale of CBD Oil years ago. Because CBD is non-intoxicating, it means you can consume CBD Oil and experience its benefits to your ECS, such as reduced pain, lowered inflammation, better sleep, and reduced stress and anxiety levels, to name a few.
The only guidelines you need to be aware of are these:
1. CBD is legal in the UK as long as it does not contain more than 0.2% THC, which is a controlled substance under the Misuse Of Drugs Act 1971.
2. CBD is Legal in the UK provided that it is derived from an industrialised Hemp strain that is approved by the EU or comes from outside the EU.
To learn more about the legal status of CBD, read our article that covers everything you need to know about the legality of CBD in the UK.
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