The countless benefits of CBD are nothing short of a miracle. The wondrous hemp plant has taken the world by storm.   With the increasing demand for CBD, there is now a significant need to increase the production of its many different products and supplements. CBD or Cannabidiol is only one of the many different cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant – or marijuana. It is the non-psychoactive part of the plant, meaning that it does not produce any high, and is commonly used for health remedies. CBD has the ability to play a significant role in combating many aliments and symptoms that go with them such as:  insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, and neurological diseases.

Disclaimer:  All statements being made in this article are not intended to cure or treat any disease, but it is to highlight and explore the benefits of CBD and the possibility of a holistic and homeopathic method of relieving everyday symptoms from many diseases we have come to rely on a treatment in the form a pill from “big pharma.”

 

 

Types of CBD:

 

There are three main types of CBD tinctures:

  • Full Spectrum: This type of CBD is the most pure, unprocessed, unfiltered hemp extract, rich in photo-cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. It is the truest form of CBD with the highest amount of healing properties.  Beware of tinctures labeled full spectrum that are clear or mostly see through in the dropper!

  • Broad-Spectrum: This is largely considered a full spectrum tincture, but it has been further refined to remediate THC. During this refinement process many beneficial components of the natural full spectrum oil such as terpenes and other cannabinoids are removed. Yet, these components can be added back into the final product giving you a mostly full spectrum CBD oil with 0% THC.  Typically, light brown to clear in a tincture form.

  • Isolate: CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form– a crystalline white powder.  Unfortunately, without the combination of all the other terpenes and cannabinoids most users will not feel the same benefits nor get the entourage effect from using a full spectrum product.  Do not count this powerful substance out yet, as it has been reported to pack a punch when combatting pain, inflammation, and stress.

 

 

CBD Tinctures:

 

CBD tinctures are the go-to product because they generally consist of a higher concentration of CBD.  In the past they were commonly made of 60%-70% alcohol which was infused with CBD oil.  While you can still find a few made this way, the more common and acceptable way they are made today is to use a carrier oil such as hemp seed or MCT oil instead of alcohol. Tinctures are used for their many “fast acting” benefits, elevating your mood, relieving anxiety, and pain management being the top-most. This form of CBD has a long shelf life when infused with MCT oil, typically two years.  Using the dropper to place a desired amount of CBD under their tongue users at times will feel immediate relief as CBD can be absorbed sublingually.

 

Other Forms of CBD Products:

As the demand for CBD increases, the forms in which CBD are available also widens. It is available in the form of gummies, chocolates, capsules, powder(isolate), vape cartridges, and patches. You can take a dosage recommendation from your doctor or trusted health care provider and use the form that best suits your issue.

 

 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil (Editor’s Choice):

Full spectrum is the pure extract from the cannabis Sativa (hemp).  It is better than other types of CBD oils for many reasons.  This is because it has the highest concentration of all the other natural cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant.  While much more research is needed, it is perceived that the many combinations and concentrations of the various cannabinoids and terpenes found in the various strains of hemp have a profound and more advantageous effect in alleviating many of the symptoms mentioned in this article.   Also worth noting is that due to these terpenes the full spectrum oil has a better taste and smell.

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO):

In a blog defining types of tinctures RSO oil should always get a shout out, as it is widely considered to be the grandfather of all tinctures you see on the market today.  It is a cannabis oil product developed by Canadian activist, Rick Simpson.  It contains high levels of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. RSO’s claim to fame was its ability to combat cancer and the effects of chemotherapy. Simpson tried it on himself and made many claims that it was quite effective. Other than the effects on cancer related symptoms, the oil also addresses arthritis, asthma, inflammation, depression, insomnia, along with many other ailments. Again, we in no way stating that RSO can cure cancer, but you can find a wonderfully written article to further educate yourself about the history of RSO oil here – https://www.healthline.com/health/rick-simpson-oil-cancer

   

Conclusion:

Conclusively, tinctures are one of the best forms of CBD products for any individual suffering from health-related issues that require an immediate remedy.

   
     
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