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CBD oil is not always packaged as an actual oil. The truth is, it can be made into many forms, from capsules to roll-ons to topical salves. It can even be made into gummies. The potency you get will depend on whether you get the oil itself or buy a tincture or other factory-made product.

Let’s talk about the differences between CBD oil and a CBD tincture so that you can decide which will work best for you.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is made through a process that extracts the oil from the hemp plant’s flowers, stalk, or seeds. The oil itself is the most expensive and potent format. Along with cannabinoids, it contains protein, essential vitamins and nutrients, and fatty acids. It can be infused into drinks or even food.

CBD is constituted from a base or carrier oil, such as coconut oil, MCT oil, or hemp seed oil.

What is a CBD tincture?

CBD tinctures from places like HempFusion are those that have been suspended underneath 60-70% distilled alcohol. They are hemp extracts mixed with cinnamon or peppermint oil, glycerin, or alcohol. Like CBD oil, it is consumed sublingually (underneath the tongue). Their dosage can vary, and they have a longer shelf life than CBD oil.

Also, the bioavailability in a CBD tincture is higher due to the presence of alcohol in the mixture. Alcohol acts as a preservative, which is why CBD tinctures have such long shelf-lives. If you use water-soluble CBD, you can cook with a CBD tincture. Doing so even enhances the absorption rate of the CBD in your body.

How do you take CBD oils and tinctures?

CBD oil can be taken using a vaping method. A CBD tincture is most easily mixed into food. Both can be taken sublingually. However, CBD oil gives off a less desirable taste when taken this way. Since tinctures usually have some kind of flavoring, the “plant-like” flavor gets diminished and the oil is made more pleasant to consume.

Finding a quality CBD oil or tincture

Not all CBD is made the same. A little research can reveal whether a CBD product is high-quality. Reading the label is key. If the label indicates that it is made from the whole plant, then you will be getting a full range of primary and secondary components (like terpenes and flavonoids) as well as the cannabinoids.

Also look for third party testing labels. Does the company share info on their third party testers? This type of outside testing checks for quality and purity of product before a batch goes to market.

Benefits CBD oils and tinctures

CBD oils and tinctures can both be effective. CBD oils need about 1 to 2 hours to take effect, and both can be taken orally for the quickest absorption. However, tinctures don’t work topically, whereas some CBD oils do. Those oils are best left for on-the-spot treatment versus all-over relief.

Which one is better?

One is not necessarily better than the other. CBD oil’s taste is more unpleasant, so tinctures can be more optimal for people wanting a nicer taste. CBD tincture bioavailability is higher, which might make it more optimal for full-body effects.

CBD oils and tinctures do relatively the same thing, but their potencies and taste differ. If you are looking for topical usage, CBD oil is the better choice. But if you want full-body effects, a flavor-infused CBD tincture might be your best bet.