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cannabis tinctures using hemp seed oil

CBD tincture and CBD oil share a lot common:

With all the CBD products on the market, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. Tinctures, oils, capsules, topicals: what’s the difference? Let us demystify the world of CBD, starting with tinctures. Plus, we’ll give you a simple recipe for making your own CBD tincture at home.

Homemade vs Store-Bought CBD Tinctures


Commercial CBD tinctures are usually made using either an alcohol or CO₂ extraction method. The latter creates a highly purified CBD isolate that is then infused into a carrier base, often an oil.

Their alcohol base gives CBD tinctures a few advantages:

Keep in mind hemp seed oil is not the same thing as CBD oil. In this blog, we are only talking about using hemp seed as a carrier oil. CBD oil contains cannabinoids, while hemp seed oil does not.

We hear the terms ‘cannabis oil’ and ‘tinctures’ quite often, but other than cannabis, what else is in there? A carrier oil is a plant-based oil that is used to "carry" the cannabis compounds into your system. Because of the chemical makeup of some tinctures, they are absorbed better with the help of carrier oil, increasing their overall health benefits.

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What are Cannabis Tinctures?

Other chemical components of MCTs include Caproic Acid (C6), Caprylic Acid (C8), and Capric Acid (C10) fatty acids. These are the components that give MCT Oil their various positive benefits.

Medium Chain Triglyceride MCT Oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil):

Tinctures, though, remain somewhat shrouded in mystery, in part because of their old-school apothecary-style packaging, but more likely because of how they’re taken: a few drops at a time, under the tongue.

An herbal tincture is made by using a mixture of alcohol and water to extract compounds from a plant—in this case, the cannabis plant.

What is it?

And though there’s a lot of promise with CBD preparations of all kinds, Hill says there’s still a lot of research to be done.

“The rate and scale of the research just hasn’t kept pace with the interest at this point. A lot of the medical uses for cannabidiol are backed by animal studies only or really no studies. So that’s where it can be a problem.”

Despite its relatively recent place in our collective consciousness, CBD has been at work delivering its calming agents as far back as the ‘80s by some estimates and the ancient world by others. With it, an almost endless menu of formulations has emerged—from capsules and oils to lotions and seltzer—each promising an even more effective dose of CBD than the last.