CBD Oil Tinctures
CBD Oil tinctures are a popular and easy way to consume CBD for medicinal use.
CBD tincture definition
A CBD tincture is a hemp or cannabis extract, typically containing 2%-10% of cannabinoids in an alcohol or oil base.
How to make a CBD Oil Tincture – Traditional Approach
Traditionally a tincture was often produced by steeping cannabis flower in alcohol (such as vodka or other spirits) or an oil (such as olive oil) to extract the cannabinoids. After straining the flower was the discarded leaving a cannabinoid rich alcohol or oil tincture.
Other solvents/diluents such as vegetable glycerine may also be used.
How to make a CBD Oil Tincture – Modern Approach
Modern CBD oil tinctures are normally produced by combining a standardised CBD extract such as Winterised CBD Oil, CBD Distillate or CBD isolate in a diluent such as ethanol or more commonly in a carrier oil.
Carrier oils for CBD Oil Tinctures
Popular carrier oils for CBD Oil tinctures include:
- Hemp Seed Oil (quickly becoming a leading choice)
- MCT Oil (MCT is fractionated coconut oil)
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Oil
Almost any food grade oil can be used. Oils with mild pleasant flavours are preferred. For commercial production a GMP USP carrier oil is required.
CBD Oil Tincture Flavours
CBD Oil tinctures are often flavoured with peppermint, cinnamon, orange or other flavours to mask the often strong “hemp” flavours which can be too “earthy” or “medicinal” for some patients. Choosing distillate or isolate will reduce the need for flavour masking.
With the trend to High CBD Cannabis cultivars with their own unique terpene profile we will see a greater trend toward naturally flavoured hemp CBD Oil tinctures. Hemp seed oil will likely be a popular diluent for these products also.