What is a Hemp Tincture?
If you don’t know the difference between cannabis, hemp and marijuana, you’re not alone. And there are common misunderstandings about THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) and oils vs. tinctures vs. spagyrics. With the influx of products on the market, you might be feeling uncertain about what products are simply for recreational enjoyment and which products actually have medicinal benefits. Hemp tinctures are gaining recognition as an effective medicine for various ailments. Let’s break it down.
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant and has a plethora of medicinal benefits such as the ability to reduce anxiety, stress and pain. While hemp contains a broad range of cannabinoids and terpenes, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp does not produce enough THC (less than 0.3%) to create psychoactive effects. Hemp has become very popular throughout the world and the plant’s medicinal benefits can be reaped through a topical application, such as salves, cremes or lotions, or through the consumption of the plant, either by smoking it or taking a hemp tincture.
What is a Tincture?
A tincture is a concentrated herbal extract which is made by soaking one or more herb in high-proof alcohol. The final product of what a tincture entails is a liquid concentrate of the given herb or herbs that can be taken orally, sublingually (under the tongue), or in conjunction with a beverage, especially with juice, tea or coffee. Tinctures are a great option for both recreational and medical consumers looking for smokeless consumption methods. As a result of their medicinal effects and holistic benefits, tinctures are considered true alternative medicines and are taken to heal a various array of diseases and ailments.
What is a Hemp Tincture?
A hemp tincture is an extremely potent medicine derived from the hemp plant and is made through an alcohol extraction. A hemp tincture is created by soaking the hemp in high-proof alcohol for several weeks, during which the alcohol becomes infused with active compounds of the hemp plant, including the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes. These cannabinoids and terpenes, including CBD and THC, have been shown to interact with our body’s endocannabinoids and can therefore influence the releasing of neurotransmitters that play an important role in processes such as sleep, mood, pain, appetite, reproduction and fertility.
While the hemp tincture can be considered ready to consume after this steeping process, many manufacturers take further steps to create a more flavorful and potent hemp tincture by evaporating off some of the alcohol and pairing it with a carrier oil such as medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, grapeseed oil, hemp seed oil, etc. These carrier oils not only help to dilute the alcohol in a hemp tincture, but they also improve absorption and bioavailability of the CBD oil. Since most cannabinoids, including CBD, are fat-soluble—meaning they dissolve in oil rather than in water—adding a carrier oil allows these cannabinoids, terpenes, and other trace minerals to dissolve and become better digested.
Although an alcohol extraction alone can derive loads of medicinal properties of a given herb, some manufacturers include several other alchemical processes to extract even more healing properties. One example of this is spagyrics. Spagyrics is an herbal alchemy that works to separate the three philosophical principles of the plant—the body, soul and spirit—and recombine them to make the most powerful hemp tincture and plant medicine in the world. The first alchemical process in spagyrics is an alcohol extraction, also known as the maceration. Like other hemp tinctures, the maceration is followed by the filtration and evaporation of the alcohol. The next alchemical processes—the burning and calcination of the plant to extract the mineral salts—is what makes spagyrics unique from other hemp tinctures.
On the other hand of a full-spectrum hemp tincture, such as spagyrics, is a CBD isolate hemp tincture. An isolate hemp tincture is made by separating the CBD compound from everything else until you are left with straight and pure CBD. While CBD isolate hemp tinctures are extremely popular, it can be argued that they are not as effective as full-spectrum hemp tinctures. Many studies have found that a CBD isolate may have less notable effects than when using full-spectrum CBD products. This is because CBD isolate’s effects against pain, anxiety or inflammation may only occur at a specific dose, whereas the effects of a full-spectrum hemp tincture may increase as the dosage increases.
While there are more than a dozen ways to consume hemp, taking a hemp tincture is arguably one of the best and most popular ways to reap the endless medicinal benefits that the hemp plant has to offer. A hemp tincture can be identified as either full-spectrum or as a CBD isolate—both of which offer similar benefits but may vary in terms of efficacy and potency. Either way, the power of a hemp tincture is indisputable and can heal a wide array of ailments from insomnia to pain. As Yasmin Hurd, internationally renowned neuroscientist, explains it, “the brain is about a symphony, and CBD can bring the entire symphony into harmony.”