What is CBDa + CBD Tincture And How Do I Take It?
Posted on May 12th, 2023
The interest in CBD (cannabidiol) keeps expanding, as does the variety of CBD products. Here at Tanasi, we differentiate ourselves from the crowd because our CBD products contain a patent-pending, 1:1 formulation with CBDa, the compound’s acidic precursor.
Now, while all of our products contain that formulation (which our research proves is 2X more effective than CBD-alone formulations), we still carry a wide variety of products. As such, some people get confused by the terms “CBD Oils” and “CBD tinctures”. However, these are two different products and the production methods are also different.
What Is A Tincture?
A tincture is explained as a concentrated herbal extract. Tinctures are prepared by soaking leaves (fresh or dried), berries, roots, or bark from a plant in vinegar or alcohol.
The vinegar or the alcohol extracts active ingredients present in parts of the plant, concentrating it into a liquid. There are a few anecdotal reports and research that have suggested that certain plants have health benefits and medicinal properties.
Tinctures have been in use for hundreds of years and are one of the main components that relate to traditional herbal medicines.
What Is A CBDa and CBD Tincture?
CBD tinctures contain CBD that is derived from the hemp variety of cannabis plants. At Tanasi, we include CBDa in all of our CBD tinctures, using a 1:1, patent-pending formulation. But while some think that CBD oils and CBD tinctures are interchangeable terms, they are in fact two different products.
The primary difference between CBD oils and CBD tinctures is the method used to extract the CBD. CBD oil manufacturers typically use carbon dioxide extraction methods. But most use alcohol extraction for a tincture.
Manufacturers who use the carbon dioxide technique employ pressure and heat to separate and extract CBD from a plant. This is one of the fastest and most efficient extraction methods. But it’s not what we use to make tinctures.
Instead, most people make CBD tinctures by soaking plant matter in alcohol and applying gentle heat to the mixture. This infuses the alcohol with CBD + CBDa; later, we can dilute or boil the mixture.
Through different types of extraction techniques, manufacturers will end up with products that are slightly different. For example, CBD oil contains CBD that is suspended in the carrier oil. Tinctures, on the other hand, are usually alcohol or glycerin-based solutions.
CBD oils generally contain higher potencies, while tinctures have a longer shelf life. At the same time, you can use CBD oil topically or orally, but we don’t recommend applying a tincture directly to the skin.
What Is a CBDa + CBD Tincture and How Do I Take It?
When using a CBD tincture with CBDa, we suggest taking the product sublingually (under the tongue), holding your dose in place for between 90 seconds and two minutes, to achieve the maximum effect. If swallowed right away, the CBD will need to pass through the digestive tract, meaning it will take longer to have an effect.
Keeping a tincture under the tongue allows most of the product to be easily absorbed by blood vessels present in the mouth which allows the tincture to work faster (usually within 15 minutes to an hour). These effects typically last between 6 to 8 hours.
Since tinctures usually act quickly, they provide rapid effects. They are also highly concentrated, so users will only need a very small amount. Also, unlike many CBDa + CBD edibles, tinctures do not contain sugar. With a tincture, a percentage of the CBD will pass through your digestive tract. Eating a meal directly after taking a tincture is believed to enhance or speed the effect up, especially if the meal is high in fat.
CBDa + CBD Tinctures And Dosages
Tinctures usually come with clearly marked droppers (a 0,5 or 1 milliliter) to calibrate the dosage correctly. It is important to pay careful attention to the amount of CBD and CBDa in the dropper. This should also be marked clearly on the product’s label. The label should also indicate the dosage you should be taking.
At Tanasi, we carry several different concentrations of CBDa + CBD tinctures. And each one offers a different dose size for the included dropper. For example, if you take our 3600mg Tanasi GOLD tincture, each mL contains 120mg of CBD and CBDa, along with a full-spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. Try our 1200 mg Tanasi GOLD tincture, at that per mL dose drops down to 40mg. Or you can split the difference with our 2400mg Tanasi tincture, and get 80mg of active ingredients with ever mL of product. The choice is yours, and all those options give you plenty of room to play and experiment.
Want a little bit of guidance? As we said, deciding on the dose that you will need usually involves a bit of experimentation. Many manufacturers suggest starting with 2.5 to 5 milligrams (but this can also vary according to what you are using it for).
What Are CBDa + CBD Tinctures Used For?
People use tinctures for different reasons. And everyone’s experience is personal. Try a tincture for yourself to see how it affects your day to day wellness journey!
There are 3 main types of tinctures. These include:
• Full-Spectrum CBD
These products contain every component of cannabis or hemp plants, which includes CBD along with traces of terpenes and THC.
• Broad-Spectrum CBD
The broad-spectrum CBD products are similar to the full-spectrum varieties, but they do not contain THC.
• CBD Isolates
These products are regarded as the purest forms of CBD, since they only contain CBD, meaning all the other compounds have been removed.
Due to the “entourage effect” the products that are broad-spectrum or full-spectrum are believed to have an effect that is more powerful since they are interacting synergistically.
Tinctures offer an easy way to absorb the natural compounds you can find in certain plants. While CBD oils and tinctures may be very similar, manufacturers create these products using different methods. In most cases, CBD oils involve carbon dioxide extraction methods, while the tinctures involve the use of alcohol for extracting the substance.