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Tinctures: The Best Way To Take CBD

At CANVIVA™, we believe that the best way to take CBD is tinctures. This is because they are quick, easy, convenient, allow accurate dosing, and have higher bioavailability making them efficient. Here is a deeper dive:

How does CBD Work in the body?

CBD (a cannabinoid) acts on the body’s cannabinoid receptors similarly to endocannabinoids found naturally in the body. CBD can take different routes through the bloodstream, to get to receptors in the brain, depending on how you consume it. When choosing how to consume CBD, you will want to consider if the product works at a systemic or localized level, onset time, and duration, among other things. Other factors that impact product efficacy include dose, product preparation, and your unique metabolism.

The best way to take CBD?

CBD GummiesYou’ve likely seen CBD in capsules, edibles, or oils. What’s the best way to take CBD? Swallowing CBD, which is easy to do, is not the most efficient. It can take longer (as much as two hours) to take effect. Plus, its concentration lowers as it passes through the digestive and metabolic systems. Gummies are often full of refined sugar. Worse yet, they may not contain any CBD at all. It’s also important to note, at the time of this article, that recent laws make CBD-infused products sold as dietary supplements or edible forms illegal in some states.

Other methods of taking CBD include topicals. These are applied to the skin as part of a balm, gel, or lotion. They may provide more immediate, localized relief. Vaping is another method, but it may pose other health risks that researchers are only beginning to explore.

CBD oil that comes in a tincture may be one of the best way to consume CBD.

It’s quick, easy, convenient, predictable, allows accurate dosing, and is efficient. But don’t just take our word for it. According to James Giordano Professor of Neurology and Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, “When inhaled or applied under the tongue, for instance, CBD reaches the brain pretty quickly. But when ingested as an additive to food or drink, it takes longer. Before getting absorbed from the gut into the bloodstream, CBD gets metabolized in the liver, which inactivates some of it — meaning the amount that gets to the brain ends up being much smaller than the amount ingested.”

Giordano goes on to state that the sweet spot for dosing for most people lies somewhere between 1 and around 5 or 6 milligrams for every 10 pounds. That’s 10mg for a 100 lb. person starting with a low dose.

What are CBD oil tinctures?

CBD oil tinctures are one of the most popular and effective methods of consuming CBD. They are made with an extraction of CBD, combined with a carrier oil, such as MCT oil, and sometimes other ingredients such as essential oils or flavors. As with other forms of CBD, the tincture must contain less than 0.3% THC to be sold legally in the U.S. Tinctures are usually found in dropper bottles and come in many different concentrations of CBD. The best way to take a tincture is sublingually, meaning under the tongue, but some tinctures are formulated to mix with food. In addition, CBD oil can be applied topically as well.

How do you take a tincture?

CANVIVA Best way to take a tinctureDepending on the strength of the tincture, a few drops held under the tongue for one to five minutes will allow absorption of the CBD into the bloodstream with a faster, stronger onset than ingesting it.
 
The CBD absorbs directly into the capillaries and mucous membranes of the mouth, bypassing the digestive system and metabolism in the liver. The remainder may be swallowed, allowing for additional absorption. In this way, an individual choosing the sublingual delivery method may receive both immediate and long-lasting relief. Learn more about using tinctures.

What dosage should you take?

While there is much research being done, there are currently no standard dosing guidelines for medical marijuana, medicinal hemp, and their extracts, including CBD. Variables such as age, weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, environment, and product potency will all affect dosing recommendations.
 
It’s always best to start slow using a low dose to determine your best dosage. The average dose range is 10-50mg, one to three times per day. Some individuals notice benefits with low doses right away, but others may need higher doses.

How long can you keep tinctures?

Proper storage of your CBD tincture will help maintain maximum freshness and improve shelf life. Once opened, CBD oil will maintain its cannabinoid content and freshness for approximately six months, provided it is not exposed to extreme conditions.

Look for packaging that is designed to provide protection from light damage. Amber glass bottles protect CBD oil products from the harmful effects of both visible light and UV rays. Like light and heat, air can play a part in the breakdown of natural cannabinoids. Keep your tincture in its original container. Securely tighten the bottle’s lid after each use.

Store your CBD tincture in a cool, dark, dry place. Place out of children’s reach.

How Do You Know It’s Safe?

With many brands jumping on the CBD bandwagon, there have been stories of CBD products that don’t contain the amount of CBD that is claimed, contain more than 0.3% THC, are made from hemp that is not organically grown and may contain harmful pesticides or impurities, or make unproven medical claims. You want a brand that you can trust — one that is natural, pure, and effective. CANVIVA hemp-derived CBD oil is phytocannabinoid-rich, full spectrum, and organically grown in the U.S. All of our tinctures are made with PURE CERTIFIED CBD™ Oil in formulations that support your well-being.

Questions? We’ll be happy to help. Contact us today!

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