CBD Oil vs CBD Tinctures: The Similarities and Subtle Differences
Not all that long ago, few people had even heard of CBD. Today, adults of all ages are embracing the many potential benefits of this natural plant element. If you’ve recently decided to add CBD to your daily routine, you’ve likely discovered a vast assortment of similar products. Which should you choose? That depends.
When you want a versatile product that allows you to adjust serving sizes as needed, consider investing in a high-quality CBD oil or tincture. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, these products are not exactly the same. Once you know how CBD tinctures and oils are made, it’s much easier to select the option best suited to your needs, preferences, and lifestyle.
What Is CBD?
CBD is the commonly used abbreviation for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. There are two potential sources, marijuana and hemp. Marijuana plants typically produce varying amounts of CBD and high levels of delta-9 THC, the cannabinoid that causes the type of euphoria associated with medicinal and recreational use. Hemp crops produce high levels of CBD but only trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less).
How Do Tinctures and Oils Compare?
The terms CBD “oil” and CBD “tincture” are typically used to identify products that look the same and are used for similar purposes. This can cause a considerable amount of confusion, particularly for those who know how tinctures are usually made. However, you may find it at least somewhat helpful to know that true CBD tinctures are relatively uncommon.
Instead of following the long-standing definition of “tincture,” many CBD brands simply adopted (or adapted) the term to identify CBD-infused products sold in dropper-topped bottles. But not always. Since you can’t necessarily count on the consistent use of either term from one brand to the next, you may want to consider the following points while browsing your options.
Tinctures Typically Contain Alcohol
By traditional definition, a tincture is an extract made by placing plant stalks, stems, seeds, or flowers in a suspension of alcohol. Although effective and inexpensive, tinctures are known to be quite bitter. That’s why manufacturers usually add flavoring agents, vegetable glycerin, and sweeteners to improve the flavor. If you purchase a traditionally formulated CBD tincture, you’ll consume a small amount of alcohol with each serving in exchange for a longer shelf life (3-5 years).
CBD Oil Is Blended for Enhance Bioavailability
High-Quality CBD oil is typically CO2-extracted, a production method that helps retain the natural flavor profile. Once the oil is refined, the extracts are blended with a carrier oil to enhance cannabinoid absorption, improve bioavailability, and ensure product consistency. Since CBD oil is made with a blend of hemp extract, a carrier oil, and other ingredients, some companies believe “tincture” is the more accurate description, while others feel “CBD oil” is more commonly used and less confusing. Either way, products blended with a carrier oil are shelf-stable for 1-2 years.
How Does BLNCD® CBD Oil Compare to Other Brands?
BLNCD® is a vertically integrated company, a distinction that ensures full control of our supply chain and nearly every aspect of production. Our CO2 extracted products are cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny certified, and made with organic hemp grown in the Midwest. As you browse our selection of CBD oils, you’ll want to consider the potential benefits of the following product types.
Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
BLNCD® Full-spectrum CBD Oil provides all the additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients found in high-quality hemp, including the trace amounts of THC. To help calm your mind or ease discomfort, try BLNCD® Recovery Oil. For rest and relaxation, consider BLNCD® Sleep Oil, a full-spectrum product enhanced with MCT oil and CBN (cannabinol), a cannabinoid often recommended for better sleep.
CBD Isolate Oil with Terpene Blends
CBD isolate is a flavorless, odorless powder that’s 99+% cannabidiol. Each unflavored CBD oil in our signature trio features pure CBD isolate, MCT oil, and an intentional terpene blend selected to fine-tune the effects of our 0% THC CBD. That makes BLNCD® Chill, BLNCD® Balance, and BLNCD® Bliss excellent supplements to have on hand to support physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being throughout the day and into the night.
Are You Ready to Experience the Many Potential Benefits of CBD Oil?
BLNCD® CBD oil is easy to use. Although you can use our CBD oils to add the many potential benefits of hemp extract to foods and beverages, we recommend holding a serving under your tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing for fast results. When used daily, our full-spectrum and terpene enhanced CBD oils can provide amazing benefits for overall health and wellness.
To learn more, visit BLNCD® to view our selection of hemp-derived CBD Oil Dietary Supplements, browse BLNCD World (the Blog), or find answers to frequently asked questions. All BLNCD® products are expertly crafted, third-party tested, and made with organic and wildcraft ingredients.