CBD Tinctures for Dummies

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As we’ve previously discussed, CBD oil is a popular form of vape that not only benefits the user medically, it’s incredibly relaxing.  While all forms of CBD has its pros, vaping is one of the most potent ways of ingesting the product.  But one particular has seen a rise in popularity: tinctures. 

The medicinal benefits of hemp and the CBD isolate have been praised and practiced since early Mesopotamia.  Only in recent years, however, have scientists come to understand just how the brain and body interacts with CBD.  And even still, the reasons brain receptors respond as they do is beyond modern medical understanding.  As a society, particularly in North America, pscyhiatry is still a relatively new field.  Anyone who has seen Mad Men knows that it was even considered a taboo subject to discuss socially.  Culturally, this attitude began to shift in the 1970s, it’s benefits popularized by public figures like Woody Allen, whose neuroses served as a springboard for grountbreaking comedy.

Initially, CBD was only used to treat chronic, severe pain. But as the societal stigma surrounding hemp and psychology has continued to grow moot – as we’ve come to accept  it as a healthcare product rather than a drug – science has discovered it’s benefits stretch far beyond what we could have imagined, treating everything from psychological disorders, depression, anxiety and more severe medical conditions. But to understand it’s benefits, we first must examine what exactly it is, and how it’s ingested. 

Is CBD the Same As Cannabis?

In short, no. CBD is just one of 104 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. When extracted, it is mixed with hemp seed or coconut oil to create what we consider cannobidol. This is an important distinction, as the benefits effects of CBD are vastly different than marijuana.  It doesn’t get you high.  Tetrahydrocannobidol (THC) is the active compound in weed.  It’s the part of the plant that creates that sense of disorientation, paranoia light-headedness, excessive laughter and the kind of faux existential thought commonly joked about in “stoner”culture.  It’s the THC that has made marijuana a controversial legal issue in some parts of the world. 

Tinctures and Benefits

CBD, on the other hand, is more commonly associated with a sense of calmness and offering a range of health benefits.  How fast the benefits are felt depends on how it’s taken, be it orally, inhaled or using an eyedropper.  One of the most popular methods, however, are tinctures. Tinctures are created by steeping cannabis or CBD isolates in grain alcohol. But rest assured, it won’t get you drunk.  In fact, the alcohol is burned off when inhaled, instead infusing the active ingredients in CBD.  The flavours are as numerous as any e-liquid to improve taste.  Not everyone is a fan of the reeking scent of a cannabis plant.

But the appeal of CBD tinctures goes beyond flavour or relaxation.  It’s a concentrated dose, so very little is required to achieve the desired effect.  And it doesn’t necessarily need to be vaped.  Some prefer to dose their meals with a few drops.  Since CBD is also known to increase appetite, this is often considered great with heavy meals like pizza or pasta – basically anything Italian.  Others simply prefer a few drops under the tongue – even dogs.  CBD has been advocated and promoted by veternarians around the world, proven to have the same healing effects for man’s best friend as it does for humans.  In fact, CBD oil has been shown in studies to reduce cancerous tumours in pets. 

Vapelux offers a variety of flavours, but a personal favourite is the Patch Adam, named after the doctor who truly believed laughter is the best medicine.  Sadly, Adams was portrayed by the late Robin Williams in a role so embarassingly full of mugging and bad improvisation.  It truly does a disservice to the doctor, who in reality was a genuinely funny guy.  Rest assured, the Patch Adam lives up to the real life personality and not the terrible film. 

Trying just one type of CBD tincture isn’t enough for review.  Products contain different levels of potency, flavour and effect.  It entirely depends on what symptoms you’re attempting to treat.  It is an ideal substitution for anti-anxiety meds such as Prozac or Zoloft.  One doesn’t need to be a doctor to fear the side effects of such Seratonin inhibitors.  Just listening to the long list of side effects associated with drugs is enough to induce a panic attack. One should also be aware of the dangers of quitting an SSRI cold turkey and switching to a CBD tincture or oil vape.  It’s best to consult your physician to avoid any risk of withdrawal.

But whether you’re suffering from chronic pain, multiple sclerosis or even just dealing with ordinary, everyday anxiety, tinctures have been proven to offer relief. In one recent study in the  journal Nueropsychopharmacology, subjects who were subjected to 600 mg of CBD were found to be less anxious when asked to attmempt public speaking than those offered the placebo. 

 It’s mostly considered harmless and less controversial than marijuana.  The drug laws in the United States are still somewhat outmoded, largely due to a lack of specificity.  A drug is illegal (Schedule One) or legal.  There’s no Schedule Two or Three.  The archaic laws are slowly catching up with the rest of the world, and the World Health Organization has recommended that CBD remain unscheduled.  That said, in some extreme cases, subjects have reported nausea, dizziness, restlessness and other minor issues. Ideally, it’s recommended not to exceed more that 20 drops a day.