Tincture : A Beginner´s Guide

Olivia St James
May 5, 2022

In our Tincture section, we offer a variety of products, from full-spectrum CBD tinctures with great flavors like mint and citrus to Pet tinctures to help ease pain and other ailments in your furry friend.

The main purpose of the Tincture Beginner's Guide is to help you understand the options available, what they are, and how to use them. And if you find yourself still unsure what product is best for you, our Birch and Fog instructional series could be of interest to you.

  • The Basics of Tinctures
  • What’s the difference between CBD and THC Tinctures?
  • What Types of Tinctures Can I Get?
  • How to begin using Tinctures?
  • Birch + Fog Top Tinctures

 

The Basics of Tinctures

You might have already found in our other blog posts information about tinctures and their benefits, let us, in brief, explain what a tincture is:

“Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts made by soaking plant material into a solvent. They are in liquid form, and you can apply a few drops at a time sublingually or in a drink to receive the benefits of the component extracted from the plant."

CO2 extraction, which is a technique in which CO2 serves as a solvent at specified temperatures, allowing phytochemicals from the plant to be removed by pressurizing CO2, is a recognized extraction method that is becoming more widespread in the CBD market and also used in most of the products list in our site.

What benefits does CO2 extraction offer to Cannabis Tinctures?

  • Clean product
  • Terpenes and other sensitive cannabinoids are preserved in this high-quality product
  • NO additional solvents or high temperatures that can affect the plant material
  • It's a standard procedure in the herbal and food sectors, meaning is reliable and proven to work.

Due to the cannabinoids ( CBD and THC) affinity to oil, carrier oils like MCT oil, hemp, or olive oil are mixed with the cannabinoids and other phytochemicals like terpenes and flavonoids after extraction.

Tinctures are traditionally associated with a dark amber bottle with a dropper; this is still the preferred container for the liquid combination of carrier oil and extraction of CBD and THC. The dark amber bottle is used to prevent light degradation thus better quality preservation.

 

What’s the difference between CBD and THC Tinctures?

In addition to the hundreds of terpenes and flavonoids, the cannabis plant includes over 115 cannabinoids. The most recognized are indeed CBD and THC. But what’s the difference between this two?

CBD and THC are cannabinoids that may be found in a variety of cannabis-related plants, including marijuana and hemp. The hemp plant has the most significant CBD concentrations, and marijuana has a greater THC content.

Both cannabinoids can provide a variety of health advantages, but CBD does not have the psychoactive effects that THC does.

Individuals seeking relief from chronic pain while also having a relaxing effect are more likely to take tinctures that include THC.

Individuals who wish to avoid any psychoactive effects look either for a higher content of CBD in their tincture or just CBD with no additional phytochemicals.

To better understand CBD tinctures, you should be aware that oils are classified as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. You may choose which one is ideal for you based on your needs or preference:

  • CBD full-spectrum tincture. All-natural components will be present in this tincture, including THC (in less amount).
  • CBD broad-spectrum tincture. This tincture will also have all the naturally existing terpenes and flavonoids from the plant, except the cannabinoid THC.
  • CBD Isolate tincture. This type of tincture will solely have CBD, and no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids.

Also dominant THC tinctures are available, ranging from full-spectrum to isolate THC.

CBD tinctures with a greater or equal CBD to THC ratio, or vice versa, are another sort of tincture in which the balance or concentration of these two cannabinoids is set to give a more specific relief. Ratio tinctures are products that contain CBD and THC in different quantities. For example, a ratio of 4:1 means that for four parts of CBD, there is one of THC.

Now that you understand some of the basic differences between CBD and THC tinctures let´s look at the products available in our tincture section.

 

What Types of Tinctures Can I Get?

Due to higher demand, Full-spectrum and Isolate CBD tinctures are the two types of CBD available in our list of products.

People usually choose full-spectrum CBD tinctures because of the benefits of the synergetic effect (entourage effect). The presence of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids might result in a larger range of health advantages.

You can also benefit from both cannabinoids CBD and THC if you pick a Ratio Tincture. Here are some examples of ratios available:

  • 1:1 ratio. This ratio tincture contains equal amounts of THC and CBD. If you consider yourself experienced with THC, you may find this ratio tincture more beneficial.
  • 4:1 ratio. With more CBD concentration than THC, this ratio tincture can be considered a more balanced product; still, psychoactive effects are felt, but with less intensity.
  • 10:1 ratio. A ratio tincture with higher CBD benefits and minor THC psychoactive effects.

Check brands like Now + Then and Me First, providers of great ratio tinctures to target specific needs. 

There are also tinctures available for purchase that are potency-based and suited for a specific need:

  • Sleep. Birch + Fog and Me First brand, focusing on a good night´s rest, has designed tinctures for better sleep.
  • Pain. Natuur provides a variety of concentrations ranging from 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 1500 mg, allowing you to pick the optimum strength and give your body the relief it needs.
  • Anxiety. Birch + Fog offers an Isolate CBD tincture for daytime, ideal when looking for tinctures free of THC, especially if suffering anxiety or are sensitive to THC.
  • PMS. Kootenay Labs 20:1 ratio tincture is excellent if looking to benefit from both cannabinoids, but with much less psychoactive effects from THC, while giving your body the relief from discomforts that come every period.
  • Pets. CBD Tinctures for Pets are exclusively designed for cats or dogs. These hemp-derived tinctures are free of THC, with additional benefits like salmon oil or great flavor like bacon, making it more enjoyable for your pet to ingest daily.

Take a look in our Pet Section, where you can find additional products like treats and shampoos.

Flavored tinctures with mint, chamomile, and citrus are also available, making them perfect for people who want to avoid the earthy flavor found in CBD and THC tinctures.

How to Begin Using Tinctures?

One of the great benefits of CBD and THC tinctures is their fast-acting characteristic; when administered sublingually, they can reach your ECS (endocannabinoid system) considerably faster than other cannabis products to their purity.

Another advantage you will find when choosing a tincture is that it doesn't require any additional preparation or materials; it´s simple, discreet, and practical.

When CBD and THC are taken sublingually, the benefits of CBD and THC are felt in less than 30 minutes. If you combine your tincture with food or beverages, the benefits will take 40 minutes to 2 hours to feel since it must first travel through the digestive system before reaching the bloodstream, therefore your ECS.

When choosing a CBD tincture is essential to read the following information on the package label, this in addition to your health condition will help you determine what sort of tincture is right for you:

  • Concentration of CBD and THC
  • Carrier oil
  • Additional ingredients
  • Recommended dose

It's important to know that a standard recommendation for CBD dose is based on your body weight (1 to 6 mg per 10 pounds of body weight). But there are other factors to consider to determine your dosage: sensitivity to cannabinoids, time of day you need to take your dosage, and most importantly, the condition you want to treat.

Your goal is to find your optimum dose that provides the desired results with minimal to no side effects.

To avoid the hustle of doing the math, we provide you with a handy dosage calculator where not only do you get your numbers based on your weight but also based on health conditions ( please note these are based on popular dosage guidelines).

Because every individual body and health conditions are unique, results will vary, and it might take some time to get to your ideal dosage. Be patient with your body, and if you see fit, adjust your dosage after time or alternate with another CBD or THC product.

If you've never used CBD or THC oil before, don't start with a high dose. Remember to begin “Low and Slow”.

Birch + Fog Top Tinctures

1 Natuur | Flavoured Full Spectrum CBD Tinctures


Take advantage of the natural effects of well-known essential oils and CBD's benefits for pain, stress, anxiety, and sleep.

This full-spectrum CBD tincture by Natuur is available in two delicious flavors: mint and lemon-ginger.

Mint is known for its refreshing taste and is excellent for digestion. While lemon-ginger, with its citrus-spicy taste, is great for boosting immunity and improving mood.

In a full-spectrum CBD oil tincture, you'll get the advantages of "all" key components of the hemp plant working together, shown to provide broader benefits.

Available in two strengths: 500 mg and 1000 mg, and comes in a 30 ml glass bottle with a graduated dropper for simple measuring.

2 Birch + Fog | Isolate CBD Tincture Day Time

An outstanding THC-free premium CBD tincture for its use during the day. Designed to aid in relieving pain, tension, and anxiety levels. Simple to use and available in three variants of strengths to meet your needs while enjoying your day time.

From Birch + Fog's signature brand, this Isolate CBD tincture contains high-quality CBD oil that has been CO2 extracted and combined with MCT oil (coconut-derived oil), which has nutritional qualities and it´s known to improve CBD delivery.

500 mg, 1000 mg, and 1500 mg strength are available for the exact dosage to meet your day time needs.

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