CBD Tincture: FAQ and Guide

Cannabidiol, most commonly referred to as CBD, is extracted from the cannabis plant and is a long-used treatment for a variety of ailments that are starting to gain traction with new research and uses. Research shows that it has a wide range of uses and offers relief from a wide range of issues. One of the problems is that marijuana laws are varied and highly politically charged in most places, which has acted as a barrier to many people researching and having access to CBD products.

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Thankfully, we have seen a lot of change in laws and views in recent years, which have allowed medical marijuana to become commonplace and the loosened restrictions have allowed more research and use of things like CBD as a treatment option for a range of different health issues. Today, not only do we know a lot more about the positive effects that substances like this have, they are also more widely available than they used to be, increasing access for those who need it most.

Due to the murky nature of this type of research and the fairly recent acceptance of marijuana and related substances as possible treatment options, a lot of people know very little about CBD and how and what it can be used for. As minds and laws have begun to change, there is more and more reliable information about these substances available.

First, let’s briefly discuss what CBD is. In short, CBD is just one of the many different active ingredients found in marijuana. Unlike the psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, CBD is not a psychoactive substance. It is found in high concentrations in marijuana and recently published studies confirm its efficacy for a number of different issues.

Recent studies published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology show that CBD act as an “anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic, and antipsychotic agent.” This alone should make it abundantly clear that this substance has huge potential for medical treatments.

Whether you are looking to use CBD hemp oil, as a treatment for some ailment or even as a preventative measure, there are different ways to administer the oil. The focus of this guide will be to explain how to prepare and use a CBD tincture.

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A tincture is an extract of herbs, in this case, CBD, that is generally extracted using alcohol, but can also be extracted using apple cider vinegar or even types of glycerin. It is taken orally, directly under the tongue. A tincture is quickly absorbed into the body and if you are working with children, this is probably the easiest way to administer the small amounts of substances they need.

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With a tincture, the substance enters the bloodstream far more quickly than if you drink a tea or take a pill. This means you get more immediate results with this type of administration. If you are purchasing your CBD oil, you will administer your dose by the dropperful.

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Orally ingesting a tincture of CBD hemp oil is a safe and effective way of taking advantage of the varied benefits associated with this substance. For many people, when taken under the tongue in this way, the effects of the tincture can begin to take effect in as little as 20 minutes. If you take the oil on an empty stomach, as opposed to after a meal, you are likely to notice the effects much sooner. For those who have eaten, it can take as long as an hour or more for any of the effects to kick in.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the appropriate doses of pure CBD tinctures and the frustrating answer as to what the proper dose is that it depends. It depends on what you are using the tincture for as to how you will dose it out.

Most often, the tincture will be taken daily and the dosage will range from 1 mg to 300 mg depending on what is being treated. Common disorders that CBD has proven effective at treating include sleeping disorders, glaucoma, and has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of chronic pain, increase the appetite of cancer patients, used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and is even being used to treat certain psychological disorders as well.

While CBD oil is safe and highly effective, there is the potential for a number of minor side effects that users should be aware of. The most common side effects of CBD treatment are dry mouth, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure. For people with Parkinson’s, using CBD oil can cause an increase in tremors. There is also an indication that it can inhibit the absorption and effectiveness of a number of other drugs. You should check with your doctor before starting a regimen of pure CBD tinctures to ensure that it will not have an inhibiting or otherwise negative interaction with any medications you might be taking.

CBD oil already shows amazing potential as an effective treatment option for a range of different issues. It is non-habit forming and has only a small list of minor known side effects, making it an excellent alternative for people who are sensitive to medications and often suffer the variety of side effects associated with their use. It has been shown to be an effective appetite inhibitor, allowing people who are undergoing cancer treatment to be able to eat more easily. It has been shown to be a highly effective pain management tool, as well as showing potential for use with a wide range of other issues.

As research continues to vindicate these long maligned substances, we are likely to find out that there are even more issues and disorders this substance is effective at managing. Already, CBD oil is proliferating, available at many different health foods or alternative medicine stores, and is likely to continue to grow in popularity and availability. A tincture makes it easy to administer, allowing you to feel the benefits of the oil as soon as possible.

Monique LeGrow

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