CBD Tinctures – A Definitive Guide
Feeling overwhelmed by not only the amount of information on hemp extracts but how many there are out there? We get it. It is a lot. That’s why we have formulated a guide to help! First lets begin with what is a hemp extract? A hemp or CBD extract is a liquid, taken by mouth, with an active ingredient of CBD and hopefully other cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, and CBC. It’s then blended with a carrier oil, such as MCT Coconut oil, for a smooth consistency. Typically, they come in a glass bottle with a dropper top.
What is the difference between an extract and a tincture?
Remember learning that all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares? Well, extracts and tinctures are like that. All tinctures are extracts, but not all extracts are tinctures. So, what is the difference? An extract can be made with a variety of solvents like alcohol, water, heat etc. And, a tincture is simply an extract that has been made using alcohol.
CBD Extract Uses:
CBD or Hemp extracts can be used for a variety of things. The Endocannabinoid System is a regulatory system that, among other things, maintains the body’s functions pertaining to rest, mood, appetite and the balancing of circadian rhythms. CBD interacts both directly and indirectly with specific receptors on cells within the brain that balance your sleep/ wake cycle. Let’s look at the most common uses.
Rest & Relaxation: Getting a good night’s rest seems to be harder and harder nowadays. With constant stimulation from electronics to a fast paced world where our mind just won’t slow down. Studies have shown that hemp oils, by working with the endocannabinoid system, help calm the nerves and slow the mind to help get some much needed rest and relaxation. Hemp oil doesn’t knock you and make you drowsy out it simply works with the endocannabinoid system to help bring the body to homeostasis. This is one of, if not the most common use.
Chronic Aches: One of the reasons one might take a hemp extract instead of a topical is to get relief throughout the entire body. Second on the list, is relief from chronic aches and soreness. Many studies have shown that hemp to be an effective tool to get all over relief.
Better Mood: Cannabinoids interact with 5-HT1A receptors of the endocannabinoid system in the brain, which is a subset of serotonin, and can possibly help provide relief and balance for rest and mood.
Serotonin is the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter that gives you a feeling of calm, ease and joy. So how does this work? Cannabinoids like CBD stimulate your brain to become more sensitive and responsive to serotonin, which elicits an experience of an elevated mood and a general feeling of ease & well-being.
Different Extraction Methods
There are a multitude of ways to extract. We will take a look at the most common method and the two methods we do right here at Vera Herbals.
CO2: This is the most common method. Unlike some other extraction methods like BHO, it doesn’t pose the dangers that come with using harsher solvents like butane, and with the right equipment is easy to manufacture on a large scale. There are three different types of extraction with CO2 but supercritical is the most common. How does it work? Supercritical CO2 is heated and passed through the cannabis buds. The liquid will pass through a separator to help remove the CO2 gas from the trichomes and terpenes.
The gas is pushed through a condenser which allows the gas to liquefy again and be recycled so that it can be used for the extraction process in the future. While this method is a pretty clean method and is easy to mass produce products, it seriously disrupts the plant which decreases the integrity of the medicinal compounds. What does this mean? Likely, it decreases the efficacy and benefits from the products.
Rosin: Rosin is a top-of-the-line extraction method. Why? For one, it requires NO solvents. This is a big one for us – why are we accepting products that are extracted with solvents we would never want to ingest? So how does it work if no solvents are used? Amazingly, Rosin is processed by using ONLY high pressure and the minimum amount of heat to ensure the terpenes and cannabinoids (the medicinal parts of the plant) aren’t damaged during the process.
Not only does it use only heat and pressure, it preserves the full cannabinoid and terpene profile of the plant! A lot of times in extraction methods the plant gets fully “activated” meaning cannabinoids like CBDa get completely converted to CBD. Sounds good right? Well, studies are showing that cannabinoids like CBDa (not activated CBD) could potentially have even more medical benefits. So, we like to keep some of that incredible CBDa in our products! And that is just one Phyto-cannabinoid – there are many! Want to see the wide range of cannabinoids in our Rosin? Check them out HERE!
Spagyrics: Spagyric is an ancient alchemy that has been done for over 2500 years. In alchemy it is believed that by using the three philosophical principles (mercury, sulfur, and salt) humans have the ability to take what wasn’t perfect and make it perfect. By using these principles to separate and recombine the constituents of whatever herb is being extracted this Spagyric process creates a truly potent herbal remedy energetically, spiritually and physically. To learn more about this process CLICK HERE!
What to look for before buying:
Third Party Test Results: Currently testing isn’t required for CBD products. As you can imagine this can make for an inconsistency in quality. So it is incredibly important that whoever you buy from has current third party test results. Check ours out HERE.
Full-Spectrum: Studies suggest these are much more effective than broad-spectrum and isolate. Something called the “entourage effect” has been discovered that suggests when all of the compounds of the plant stay together in the end product the user sees more benefits.
Extraction Method: After you’ve confirmed they are full-spectrum, check which extraction method they are using. Methods that maintain the integrity of the plant are the best. Like Rosin or Spagyrics. Learn more HERE.
Hemp Source: With so many companies in the business there is quite a bit of low quality being grown. Check out where the company is getting their hemp and the growing practices they use. We source from either a local biodynamic (beyond organic) farm, or certified organic hemp grown at Blue Forest Farms.
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**No statements made above are meant to treat, cure or prevent any disease. They are solely the opinions of the writer and are NOT medical advice.
Love and Light,