What Is CBD?
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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the hundreds of compounds found in cannabis. CBD works on your body’s endocannabinoid system.
Hemp-derived CBD is legal on the federal level as a result of the Farm Act of 2018. As long as the extract contains less than 0.3% or less of THC, then it’s legal. The only caveat is that a few states still place a lot of restrictions on hemp-derived products simply because they don’t differentiate between hemp and cannabis.
Unlike THC, CBD is not a psychoactive drug. It will not make the user feel high or stoned. The most common effect CBD has on people is a relaxed feeling. Further, CBD is known to counteract the negative side-effects of THC, like anxiety.
What Is A Tincture?
A CBD tincture is a liquid that is administered with an eyedropper sublingually, meaning under the tongue. The reason why it’s taken sublingually is because the CBD is rapidly absorbed into the blood vessels under the tongue and starts to work much faster than ingestion, which requires the liver to process the CBD first, a process that can take several hours.
The benefit of CBD tinctures is that they are very easy to dose. The amount of CBD you get with the eyedropper is consistent and can be adjusted to your preference. The other benefit is that tinctures are a very discreet way of taking CBD. This means that you’re not smoking or vaping and can take your dosage anywhere you want. A CBD tincture is perfect for those who don’t want the health risks of smoking but also need something that’s fast-acting.
Another benefit of tinctures is that you can buy them with different flavors. Natural CBD, without flavoring, tastes very earthy, like cannabis. But you can also buy a variety of flavors, from vanilla to strawberries. It’s good to try a variety of flavors to find one that you like best.
Using A Tincture
Using a tincture is easy. Simply draw the desired amount of CBD oil into the eyedropper and squirt it under your tongue. If you’re looking for a precise dosage, you can even squirt a specific number of drops. Once the tincture is under your tongue, you’ll hold it there for about 30 seconds. Follow the directions on the packaging for the manufacturer’s recommended time. Holding it under the tongue allows the CBD to absorb into the blood vessels. Once the time is up you can swallow the CBD oil and be on your way. It’s generally recommended that you don’t take CBD on an empty stomach.
Start Low, Go Slow
Even though CBD isn’t known to cause the same uncomfortable anxiety and paranoia that THC can, CBD does affect everyone differently and some people don’t respond well to it. This means that you should always start with a very small dose. Slowly increase your CBD tincture dosage daily until you reach a therapeutic level. A therapeutic level means that you feel the desired effects like decreased anxiety, pain relief, no nausea, and so forth. After you find your preferred dose, take it consistently every day for the best results.
Many times the manufacturer will have a recommended dose.