Of all the different types of CBD products on the market today, CBD tinctures are one of the most effective.

CBD tinctures used to be the preferred treatment method for pain relief before the invention of aspirin, as well as the most common method of ingesting medical cannabis until it was banned in the US in 1937. Surprisingly, Queen Victoria of England used tinctures to relieve menstrual cramps, and they used to be sold over the counter in the US as an approved treatment for tonsillitis, cholera, tetanus, arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, and alcoholism.

However, despite their widespread use throughout history, many people don’t know about them.

Here’s what you need to know before buying CBD tinctures.


The difference between CBD oil and CBD tinctures is that CBD oil is a CBD extract with a base or carrier oil, whereas a CBD tincture is a CBD extract suspended in a small amount of distilled alcohol. Consequently, CBD oil can be vaped, while tinctures can’t. However, tinctures can easily be added to food or drinks, while it is harder to do so with CBD oil because of its taste and consistency.

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CBD oil tinctures are made by dissolving cannabis in high-proof alcohol.

A low temperature is then applied to the mixture for an extended period of time to extract the cannabinoid. Most of the alcohol is boiled off or evaporates, leaving just the cannabinoids suspended in a small amount of alcohol. Sometimes, essential oils like peppermint or orange are added to improve its texture and taste.


CBD extracts have a distinct earthy taste, as does CBD oil, which can also be quite bitter. However, CBD tinctures on their own are relatively flavorless, allowing them to be consumed in a variety of creative ways; for example, added to food or drink.

The most efficient method of ingesting a CBD tincture is sublingually (under the tongue). The membrane under the tongue absorbs the CBD into the sublingual artery, then the external carotid artery, and finally the brain, which allows it to be distributed efficiently and consistently throughout the body. The tincture should be held under the tongue for at least a minute before swallowing to allow for maximum absorption.

Effects should start to be felt in approximately 15 minutes and will last somewhere between 4 and 8 hours.


Unlike CBD edibles, a high-quality tincture, if stored properly, has an indefinite shelf life. Plus, it won’t break down or lose its quality with age.

So, how do you properly store and fully utilize the shelf life of a CBD tincture?

There are three things that you should keep away from CBD tinctures: heat, oxygen, and light.

Refrigeration is generally the best storage method for cannabis-infused products, but in the case of tinctures, they can also be stored in a freezer. However, the bottle should be well-sealed to keep air out, and opaque to keep light out. Glass bottles work better than plastic because the latter breaks down over time. If possible, you should keep the tincture in its original bottle.

Additionally, check the “best by” date on the bottle, which will take into account the various perishability factors of each ingredient.

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CBD tinctures contain highly concentrated amounts of CBD, so they’re typically sold with built-in medicine droppers to allow for small, precisely measured doses. As a result, you’re far less likely to ingest too much of a tincture compared with edibles.

Tinctures also provide a discreet method of CBD ingestion, as they can be transported easily in a bag or briefcase. Additionally, they can be used on the go with ease, as there’s no preparation required.


Many people are unaware that CBD tinctures can also be used as topicals.

This is because they contain a high concentration of CBD compared with products marketed specifically as topicals, which generally contain more filler ingredients.

CBD tinctures can, therefore, be an effective topical treatment for burns and sunburns, bruises and sprains, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and daily skin and facial care.


CBD tinctures have been around for centuries—much longer than most other CBD products on the market. They can be used in a variety of ways, for example, sublingually, or added to food or drink—and require no preparation.

Additionally, because CBD tinctures usually come with droppers, it is easy to measure precise doses and, therefore, difficult to consume too much. Another benefit of using CBD tinctures as opposed to other CBD products is that it’s easy to adjust the dose according to your CBD requirements.

No matter how you choose to take CBD, you need to make sure you have bought it from a trusted source. To ensure the quality of your CBD, follow the checklist below (read more tips on choosing a reputable CBD producer here):

  • Find a US company which uses locally produced hemp. Companies who know their farmers will know right away if any contamination by pesticides or heavy metals has taken place.
  • Producers should test their products throughout the various production stages, ideally at a third-party lab certified for CBD analysis.
  • Ask for a Certificate of Analysis. The best companies publish their test results online. This way, you can check each bottle’s test results for purity and potency.
  • Find a company which offers guarantees on its products.

Have you tried CBD tinctures? Did they work for you? Let us know in the comments!