CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Specifically it can be found in both the marijuana plant as well as the hemp plant. This chemical works with the receptors in your endocannabinoid system. This system is found in every major system found in your body. This cannabinoid is a natural way to treat your body for a myriad of issues and illnesses. As CBD becomes a more prevalent and acceptable way to treat patients, more ways to ingest it are being discovered and developed. Though there are numerous ways of ingesting CBD, one in particular has become the most popular. This is a tincture.
WHAT IS A TINCTURE AND HOW IS IT MADE?
You make a tincture by steeping the flower (or bud) of the cannabis plant in alcohol. High-proof grain alcohol is required for this process. Once the buds are steeped in the alcohol, the liquid is heated gently for an extended amount of time. This process allows the compounds from the plant to become infused into the alcohol. As this happens, the alcohol will boil off and what is left is a potent liquid that delivers the cannabinoids and its effects without the need to smoke or vape. MCT oil or other carrier oils are added to finish this process. This helps to flavor the mixture as well as aid with the consistency as well.
HOW TO TAKE A CBD TINCTURE
CBD tinctures are a concentrated mixture so a little goes a long way in terms of the amount of the dose you should take. Most bottles come equipped with a built-in dropper which allows for easy dosing, Though CBD tincture bottles tend to be 30ml, similar to e-liquid bottles, tincture is NOT meant to be vaped. Vaping a CBD tincture can be hazardous to your health as it is not healthy to inhale lipids which are found in MCT oils and other carrier oils used in the making of the tinctures. Though it is not safe to inhale these oils, it is completely healthy to ingest them orally. Administer your dose by simply dripping it under your tongue. Taking the tincture in this manner is called the sublingual method. When taking CBD sublingually, you will feel the positive effects almost immediately. This is because the CBD is absorbed directly into your bloodstream via the sublingual artery through the membrane underneath your tongue. In order for this method to be most effective, you must make sure to hold the tincture under your tongue for at least 30-45 seconds before swallowing.
You cannot overdose by ingesting too much CBD. At the most, you could experience heavy drowsiness. That having been said, taking large doses or multiple doses a day does not necessarily mean you are treating your symptoms better. Though it does take some trial and error for you to find the dose that works best for you, especially since everyone’s body is different, once you find your sweet spot you’ll be good to go. Taking more than that sweet spot amount will likely be a waste.
Dosing for CBD is based loosely on a person’s weight. (Doses below are recommended to be taken once or twice a day.)
If you weigh 0-85LB: 10mg (mild symptoms) 15mg (severe symptoms)
If you weigh 86-100LB: 12mg (mild symptoms) 20mg (severe symptoms)
If you weigh 101-150LB: 15mg (mild symptoms) 25mg (severe symptoms)
If you weigh 151-200LB: 20mg (mild symptoms) 30mg (severe symptoms)
If you weigh 200+: 25mg (mild symptoms) 40mg (symptoms severe)
CBD is a natural substance that is being used more and more as a holistic alternative to pharmaceuticals. Tinctures are a concentrated form of CBD. They are administered by being dripping the liquid under the tongue using the sublingual method. You’re weight and severity of your symptoms are deciding factors for choosing the right dose for you, though there will be some trial and error.
Author : ERIN JOY ROS