You’ve been hearing about all of the amazing benefits of CBD, so you go out, purchase a CBD tincture, and head home. Once home, you realize you don’t quite know what it is that you purchased, or how to use it. We here at Natural Stress Solutions would never let you walk out without a full description of what it is you bought, why you chose that product, and more importantly, how to use it! All of which is going to be gone over in our Beginners Guide to CBD Tinctures.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of companies out there just wanting to sell you a product, but that is not our goal. We are here to help people, and we do so through education, and helping find a product to best suit our customer’s needs. Now, we understand that there are a lot of products out there, so let’s go over a little recap of what different types of CBD there are. When it comes to CBD tinctures, you will typically find these products marked as Pure CBD, CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum CBD, and Broad-Spectrum CBD.
Pure CBD (Isolate)
Pure CBD also known as CBD Isolate, is the one single cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD) all by itself with no additional plant cannabinoids, compounds, or terpenes. A pure CBD product is going to have no smell or taste, as it is the one single cannabinoid isolated from all other plant material. CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD that you can get, often times testing comes back for these products at 99%+ pure which means these products will contain no trace amounts of THC.
Full Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum CBD is going to be a full plant material extract, sometimes often referred to as “crude”. This means that these products are going to contain all of the cannabinoids, compounds, and terpenes found within the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC. Below the legal limits of 0.3% THC, there will not be enough to get you “high” or have any kind of mind-altering affect. However, THC may show up on a drug screen when taken in excess or for an extended period of time, when using a Full Spectrum product orally.
Broad Spectrum is going to be a full spectrum CBD product, without THC. This means that these products are going to have all of the benefits of full spectrum, with the cannabinoid THC removed.
So now that we have discussed the main types of CBD often found in tincture form, let’s take a look at the best way to consume these products.
For sublingual consumption of CBD, you will apply a designated amount of CBD tincture under the tongue, hold for 30 seconds, and then swallow. Now, you may be asking, “Why do I need to hold it under my tongue?” The answer is actually quite simple. There are glands under the tongue, called sublingual glands that allow for a 10-15% quicker absorption of CBD into the blood stream.
Applying to Food or Drink
Another popular way of consuming a CBD tincture is by applying it to food or drinks. Now it is important to understand that all of our CBD tinctures are blended with MCT Oil. MCT oil is coconut oil that has had all of the fats and proteins taken out, leaving a cleaned-up coconut oil, which is easy for our bodies to break down, and consume. Now this means that if you put your daily dose of CBD in your coffee in the morning, you may notice a slight film on the top. This is because science tells us that oil and water do not mix, which is something to keep in mind when applying to food or drinks.
For some people, they do not want to have to hold a tincture under the tongue or apply it to food or drinks. They simply want to put it in their mouth and swallow it, which is completely fine! However, when a tincture is simply ingested, it then has to travel through the digestive system, and then get processed through the liver and kidneys before being disbursed into the blood stream. This means that not as much CBD is going to enter your system, as what is originally ingested.
How Much to Take
Often times one of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “How much should I take?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a set amount for everyone, as the way everyone’s body reacts to CBD is different, and the reasons behind why they are taking it, is different. We always suggest starting low and working your way up until relief is found, a process also known as microdosing. With all of the orders that we send out, we include not one, but TWO dosaging suggestion charts.
Research has found that typically between 12mg to 45mg of CBD works to alleviate most symptoms. To make helping find an appropriate dosage easy, all of our tinctures come in a 1oz (30ml) bottle with a dropper top. Each dropper top comes with marks on the side of the glass pipette and will hold 1ml of liquid.
One of the things we have done in order to help make dosaging easy is by putting a milligram break down on the back of each of our bottles. So, for each strength (500, 1000, 1500 & 2500) you will clearly be able to see how much CBD is in each ¼, ½, ¾, and 1 milliliter dosage.
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