Everyday CBD is creeping its way into another product or unexpected food source. However the most common way people consume CBD is not through tea or jelly beans, but rather a tincture.
So what are tinctures? Tinctures are made of concentrated liquid that contain certain nutritional ingredients, such as Cannabidiol (CBD), designed for oral consumption. Most CBD tinctures have a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil, MCT oil, or grape seed oil to name a few. Since it is a very natural harsh taste to ease the palate some brand will add in flavoring such as peppermint, orange, or vanilla extract.
Tinctures are a great way to consume many herbal supplements especially CBD. The preferred method of delivery is to place the drops from the tinctures under your tongue where the membranes are thin so the CBD can get absorbed quickly and efficiently in the bloodstream. Most people can expect balance within 15 minutes after using this delivery system. People can also use the tincture to drop CBD in coffee, tea, or any other drink, but if the CBD is oil based (which most are) the oil will sit on top of most of drink surfaces as a suspension. If you would only like to use CBD to infuse drinks it is recommended to find water soluble CBD.
As a consumer it is also important to understand the potency and dosing for tinctures as they typically can have the highest range of CBD of any product. Most tinctures will come in 15ml and 30ml bottles, but the potency could range from 100mg- 3000mg per bottle! Most CBD tinctures will have a generic serving size: 1 full dropper per serving. However, one full dropper could contain as little as 8.3mg cbd per serving in a 30ml bottle with 250mg of CBD or as much as 100mg per serving in the case of a 3000mg 30ml bottle. At Dorsi we recommend 1mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. That means an individual weighing 160-170 pounds should take one full dropper of our 500mg Tincture to achieve optimal results. By the same logic a person weighing 225 pounds should take 1 full dropper along with one-third of another dropper to create a good baseline for the product.
Although tinctures are the most common form of CBD consumption there is still confusion in the marketplace due to varying bottle size, potency levels, and suggested serving sizes. It is recommended to consult with your physician before starting any supplement program and also reach out to the brand for any direct questions about their products. If the brand is not willing to provide feedback and answer any questions you may have about their product or proper dosing it may be a good idea to walk away and find a more reputable brand.