What is CBD tincture?
In the world of tablets and tonics there is new name emerging and that is CBD tinctures. But what is CBD ? cannabidiol (CBD) firstly found in 1940 is an extract of plant which can be used for medicinal purposes such as anxiety, cognition and even for soothing pain. When these plant extracts are added in base liquid such as oil, alcohol or glycerin it is called as CBD tincture.
Why CBD tinctures got popular ?
With these varities of CBD products and tremendous health benefits, market of CBD was expanding widely with different food and beverages. Different types of plants and herbs containing CBD suddenly came in spotlight, many athlete start including CBD tincture and CBD topical in their lifestyle to dupe their performance.
When it comes to beauty CBD tincture can help in pacifying acne problems, boosting hair growth and improving nail health. For these reasons CBD tincture seems something you want to add in self care routine.
How to make CBD tincture at home?
When you want to get concentrated dose of cannabis, the best option is CBD tincture. But to get most out of it you need hem leaves rich in cannabis. Making home made tincture will not only give you an abundance of quality product but it also won’t create hole in your pocket.
For many countries cannabis is legal so buy them or you can grow cannabis into your house to save extra penny. With these plants and any base material of you choice you can easily make CBD tincture at your home.
Cannabis and alcohol are only basic things you need to make your on CBD tincture. You can also use hemp flowers to make CBD tinctures. CBD tinctures are non-synthetic and affordable to substitute any expensive product like CBD oils.
1. CBD tincture by using isolate
CBD isolate is not only inexpensive but also rich in CBD of about 99%. You can easily get isolate powder at much lower price than full spectrum. When you are looking for something odorless and tasteless, there nothing best than CBD isolate.
Things you will need
Scale to measure, CBD isolate (powder/slabs) , dropper bottle 15ml, consumable alcohol (about 75% concentrated ) .
Pour 15ml alcohol into your dropper bottle with help of injection/ pipette. Make sure your pipette or measuring device is clean. Measure 0.5 grams of isolate with weighing device. carefully add isolate into dropper bottle.
After adding both the ingredient let it sit aside the isolate will get infused in alcohol you will notice isolate is dissolving alcohol. It will be mostly clear. if you want very concentrated tincture add 5 gm of isolate powder into 30 ml alcohol.
2. CBD tincture without alcohol
For all non drinkers alcoholic tinctures with such a strong percentages of alcohol seems difficult. Coconut oil and glycerin will not only give you CBD tincture without alcohol but they will also increase absorption of CBD in tinctures.
Glycerin is affordable and sweet in taste. To make alcohol free CBD tincture from glycerin there are two methods i.e. cold extraction method and hot extraction methods. According to your availability of time you can choose among them.
3. CBD tincture from cold extraction method
It is very important to decarboxylate your cannabis before making CBD tincture out of it. THC present in cannabis is toxic in nature to remove it decarboxylation is done.
Things you will need
Edible glycerin, decarboxylated cannabis, jar, coffee strainer, heating stove.
Sanitize your jar before adding anything into it. Add 3/4 of glycerin into jar and decarboxylated cannabis into it. Closed the jar and store it in cool and dark place
This process can take long time about 2-3 months. During this period flip the jar or shake it for agitation. The glycerin is filtered out with coffee strainer or fine cloth. Mildly heat glycerin about 180F this will preserve terpenes.
4. CBD tincture from hot extraction method
This method is comparatively faster than cold extraction method due to heating. Prolonged heating process will accelerate transfer of cannabinois and will result in better taste.
Things you will need
Edible glycerin, decarboxylated cannabis, jar, strainer, heating stove, thermometer, stirrer, coffee strainer, water/oil.
Pour glycerin and cannabis into one vessel and put water or oil in another vessel for double boiler method. Keep low flame of about 180F. Slow heat the mixture for 24 hours to make this alcohol free CBD tincture.
As this process requires prolonged heating it will be better if you use oil instead of water as it won’t evaporate quickly. Stir the oil in between the process till desired color is obtained.
Turn off the heat once done the leaves will be settled down. strain the glycerin mixture with fine cloth or coffee strainer. Store it in bottle one cooled.
5. CBD tincture with coconut oil
Things you will need
Coconut oil (you can choose any oil, coconut oil has great absorbing capacity), 2 vessels for double boiler, decarboxylated hemp.
Take leaves of hemp or marijuana and grind them in grinder. prepare double boiler arrangement. Make sure you Are using 100% pure coconut oil. Add both coconut oil and grind leaves into one vessel.
Heat the mixture with double boiler method at 170F for 2-3 hours. oil will get infused with hemp leaves. Strain the oil with strainer into dropper bottle. This tincture you can even use in cooking.
6. Homemade CBD tincture with frozen method
You might don’t like smell of weed spread in your house after cooking it. There is another method called as frozen method to make CBD tincture without cooking but freezing it.
Things you will need
30 gm of Hemp or any weed of your choice, grinder, 950ml of high concentration edible alcohol, jar with lid, coffee strainer and dropper bottle.
For making CBD tincture you have to follow same step as any other method. decarb your weed plant, grind the leaves into fine pieces. Add them into jar with lid also add alcohol in it and close the lid.
Store this jar in freezer for a week. Agitate this jar daily by rotating then filter it by coffee strainer and store it in dropper bottle
7. The most versatile homemade CBD tincture
This is the most basic recipe that you can make in your house for different purposes you can add different ingredients in this basic recipe. Add extracts given below to enhance its effect.
Things you will need
Decarboxylated cannabis, high percentage of consumable alcohol, jar.
Sanitize the jar, as you are gonna consume it.Fill the 1/2 of jar with decarboxylated cannabis. Add alcohol till jar is completely filled.Store this jar for 2-3 months to get best results.
Every other day agitate the mixture by flipping and rotating.Filter out liquid from this mixture and store CBD tincture it in dropper bottle.
Extracts you can add into your homemade CBD tincture to get most out of it
1. Turmeric and rosemary extract
To reduce inflammation you can add it in your CBD tincture for anti inflammatory purpose. It will be perfect for you of you don’t like pungent smell of CBD tincture.
2. Essential oils
Essential oils are abundant with goodness. Add essential oils like lavender oil, peppermint oil or lemon grass oil in CBD tincture to reduced anxiety and depression.
3. Basil and lemon
Basil leaves are leaves of holy plant capable enough to reduce stress hormones in body. Basil will also boost your immune system. Add extract of basil and lemon in your homemade CBD tincture for stress relief.
4. Flake seeds
There is nothing as beautiful as thick and lustrous hair locks. To fight against hair loss. You can add Flake seeds in your CBD tincture to promote hair growth.
Why homemade tincture ?
Even though price of CBD tinctures has reduced from past 3-4 years, it is still expensive due to local vendors . In that case home made CBD tinctures is the best way.
For many people who can not drink alcohol can use coconut oil and edible glycerin which is easily available in home. This is the best alternative for tinctures without alcohol.
Benefits of CBD tincture
1. Beneficial to cardiovascular disease
CBD tincture is beneficial when it comes to heart disease. Many CBD tincture are available to lower the blood pressure. This can optimize heart rate of person having high blood pressure.
Researchers have explained that lowering in blood pressure is done by CBD tincture as effect of reduction in stress so indirectly reducing the heart rate. Nine men were given dose of CBD tincture was found having reduction in blood pressure.
2. To mollify neurological disorders
people with neurological disorders can be treated with CBD tinctures and CBD oils. CBD oils and CBD tinctures have ability to act on brain signals and Endocannabinoid system.
Researchers have found that people with Parkinson’s disease were started having better quality of life after they have started consuming CBD tinctures in their diet. Cognitive diseases like Alzheimer were cured by CBD tincture in mice.
3. To mitigate acne problems
In this world of glamour and fame beauty is the important parameter. The thing which is stopping most of the people from achieving that parameter is acne.They are caused due to excess of sebum and oil produced by skin.
Experiments has shown that consuming CBD tincture was responsible for reduction in secretion of excessive sebum. CBD tincture also has inflammatory properties which can cure acne problems rapidly.
4. To alleviate few side effects of cancer
When it comes to cancer, patient have to deal with cancer disease and side effects associated with it’s treatment. Studies have found that CBD products can reduce side effects of cancers such as nausea and vomiting.
CBD tincture can cause death of cancer cells of breast cancer. So many people have started taking CBD products as preventive measure. CBD is not only effective for side effects of cancer but is is also safe as compared to THC.
5. To reduce anxiety and depression
The biggest barrier in front of mankind is mental health. In today’s hectic lifestyle anxiety and depression in patient is rising exponentially. CBD tincture act on brain receptor of serotonin.
The side effects of depression medicines like insomnia, sexual dysfunction and drowsiness can be eliminated by CBD tinctures. Many people have shown positive effects in their mental health after consuming CBD for few months.
6. To relive pain
CBD in marijuana acts on Endocannabinoid receptors. this in turn reduces the chronic pain. CBD also acts on neurotransmitters responsible for inflammation reduction.
Scientist have found that rats with CBD dose had less pain response to surgery as compared to normal rats. CBD also reduces the muscle and joint pain.
7. To treat substance abuse patient
According to 2019 research 64 % of people are under substance abuse. CBD tinctures rewires neural connections of brain of drug addict. patients with addiction to morphine and heroine can be treated with CBD tinctures.
CBD consumption reduces uneasiness in drug addict patient by reducing stress creating hormones. CBD makes patient calm and stress free.
8. To prevent diabetes
Now a days problem of diabetes is not limited to adults. In today’s generation people from 10 years also has diabetes. Diabetes can be ameliorated by having CBD in your lifestyle.
CBD tinctures which are rich in goodness of blue berries and Fenugreek seeds has shown resulting in blood sugar balance. Hypoglycemic effect of roots of Dandelions can be achieved by adding it in tincture
Does CBD tincture have any side effects ?
You might get overwhelmed with these glut of pros of CBD tincture. But like a coin it has it’s flip side too. We need to look out for these cons before making CBD tincture as part of our lifestyle.
These side effects are mild if you buy your CBD tincture from trusted and certified brand. Many patient has experienced these side effects on their first two weeks of CBD consumption.
1. Take appropiate dose of CBD tincture
If you are buying bottle of CBD tincture of 15 ml, it approximately contains 300 drop considering one drop of 0.05ml. If the bottle mentions concentration of 900 mg of CBD per bottle, then you are consuming 3mg of CBD dosage with every drop you take.
It is better you measure you dosage and keep it within reasonable limit by consulting your doctor. Do the calculation shown above every time you buy or make homemade tincture.
2. Consume CBD tincture properly
when you are consuming tincture make sure you are consuming it properly. Add drops of tincture on your tongue and do not swallow it for 40 -50 sec.
If you don’t like tinctures there are other alternatives to substitute it with other CBD containing products. Products such as CBD topical, CBD gummy even CBD savory products. Make sure you are consuming it within limit.
3. Check for ingredients while buying CBD tincture
When you are buying CBD tinctures of full spectrum look for it’s ingredients mentioned. If you don’t know any ingredient, ask vendor or do the research before buying it.
Unlike tinctures with isolate, full spectrum tincture has many more other plant components. Not all of these products are effective and in toxic. See what kind of components you are looking for in your tincture.
4. Dryness of month
When you are taking cannabis into your body whether it could be from tincture or oil or even smoking you are gonna end up with dryness in your mouth. But this can be avoided by drinking hydrating fluids after taking tinctures
Dryness causes due to inhibition of salivary glands by Cannaboids present in CBD tincture. You might also feet your mouth is stuffed with something. But you can easily overcome this by hydrating yourself. You ma
5. You may experience drowsiness
Different people have different opinion about drowsiness. For some people it has made them more active and energetic in their life after taking CBD tinctures and some felt little drowsy after consuming CBD tincture with isolate.
Scientist has claimed that over dose of CBD tincture with isolate will lead to drowsiness as it will work on brain receptors and manipulate it. you may also experience change in your sleeping pattern.
Other important precautions
Keep in mind that CBD products have ambivalent reviews. people have both pessimistic and optimistic attitude towards it. So check for labels on product. It should be trusted and organically certified.
Do not consume CBD tincture if you are pregnant or even breast feeding. CBD product has claimed for boosting immune system but in some cases it shows contrary results. If you have lower blood pressure CBD tincture is something you should avoid.
CBD tincture are plants extract of plant such as hemp or marijuana mixed with carrier liquid such as alcohol or any oil. Consuming few drops of this tincture has shown beneficial effects
You can make this tincture in your home with cannabis in hemp leaves or by using CBD isolate crystals. By making homemade CBD tincture will give you quality product at affordable price. You can add extract of various product to improve it’s effectiveness and taste.
Researchers have ambiguous opinion about it. As much as evidence are there to prove its positive effects, there are evidence stating its negative effects too. Doctors have suggested it is safe and beneficial to use CBD tincture but do not replace it with actual prescribed medicine