April 7, 2021

The Differences Between CBD Tincture And CBD Oil

Written by - Mallory Milne

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With CBD growing in popularity, the terms being used to describe it are expanding as well. We’ve got CBD oil, hemp oil, hemp extract, Full Spectrum, Isolate, CBD tincture…. It can be pretty confusing for the average person just getting started on their journey into the CBD world.

So what’s the difference between CBD tincture and CBD oil? Surprisingly not a lot.

The Differences Between CBD Tincture and CBD Oil 

Cannabinoids work in our body by binding to receptors in our Endocannabinoid System. This system is located all throughout each one of us, and research is showing that it may play a major role in how our bodies function as a whole.

CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it won’t get you high. That part comes into play with the other well-known cannabinoid that is present in cannabis, THC.

There’s three different kinds of CBD oil that you can get, Full SpectrumBroad Spectrum, and CBD Isolate.  CBD can be extracted from cannabis using a number of different methods. One of the most popular methods, CO2 extraction, is also one of the most expensive.

Once the CBD has been extracted, it is dissolved into a carrier oil. The term CBD oil usually means just CBD in an oil base, with nothing else added to it.

CBD oils will generally be more expensive than CBD tinctures, as the extraction methods other than alcohol/ethanol extraction are far more costly.

CBD Tincture and CBD Oil – What is CBD Tincture?

CBD tinctures and CBD oils differ in a few ways. Traditionally a tincture means soaking a herb or plant in an alcohol solution to extract the material or nutrients within it. Most often when we are talking about CBD tincture, it is ethanol that is used.

In the CBD industry the term can mean a few things though, and it doesn’t always mean that the CBD was made with alcohol.

There are many companies who have CBD tinctures for sale, yet they use the CO2 extraction method, which doesn’t involve alcohol in the process.

While CBD oil will just have CBD and a carrier oil, a CBD tincture will always have extra things added to the product. Some things that this may include are terpenes, vitamins, or different carrier oils to increase bio-availability.

CBD tinctures may be a little less potent than CBD oils, but often host a number of different benefits that you aren’t going to get with CBD oil alone.

They are often thinner and more easily absorbed than CBD oil, and in most cases are less expensive. Being that it absorbs faster, you may start to notice the results from it sooner as well.

Is CBD Oil Or CBD Tincture The Best?

CBD tinctures are highly desirable for their better bio-availabilty and absorption, and extra added benefits that may come with it depending on the company you choose to go with and what they decide to include in their products.

Some CBD companies have tinctures designed to promote better sleep, some to target energy levels, etc. It comes down to what you are personally looking for in a CBD product.

The alcohol used in extraction and production of CBD tinctures is almost completely burned away during the process of making a tincture, so no need to worry about it being a major component of the product.

Always check labels, and if you still aren’t unsure you can always send a message to the company inquiring about the ingredients.

For someone who is wanting CBD without all the extras that a tincture offers, CBD oil would be the way to go.

Ultimately, it’s up to you.

About the author 

Mallory Milne

Mallory is a mom of two, as well as the main content writer and owner of CBD Handle. She has been a consumer advocate and CBD user since 2018, and strives to relay accurate, easy to understand information and to educate others on the health benefits of CBD.


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