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When the world discovered alcohol production, tinctures were born.
Alcohol is a great preservative. At an age when refrigeration was not an option, this opened up a world of possibilities. Armed with the knowledge of alcohol and its benefits, people started infusing herbs, including Hemp, into alcohol to preserve herbal benefits and prolong their life. They thus created concentrated herbal tinctures, which they took for recreation, relaxation, or as a treatment for various health issues.
The world of CBD products includes hundreds of CBD products, such as oils, balms, edibles, gummies, tinctures, vapes, crystals, topicals, and even edibles such as coffees, chocolates, and cocktails.
If you are looking for a discreet and efficient way to take your CBD, then a Hemp Tincture may be perfect for you.
A tincture is usually an alcohol-based medication where the drug, plant, or herb is dissolved into alcohol.
However, for those who prefer a non-alcoholic medication, tinctures can also be prepared using various carrier oils.
You can describe tinctures as herb infusions: they are concentrated herbal extracts that have been infused into alcohol or a carrier oil, then slowly and gently heated for a long period of time. The end result is a concentrated liquid that contains most of the benefits of the herb or plant.
What Is a Hemp Tincture?
A Hemp Tincture is made with the leaves, flowers, and stalks of Industrial Hemp.
Traditionally, Hemp Tinctures were made by seeping Hemp flowers, stalks, and leaves into alcohol or other carriers and then gently heating them until their beneficial compounds were infused into the carrier.
Some people prepare their own Hemp Tincture by infusing Hemp buds and dry cannabis into alcohol. They then heat the mixture until it reaches a particular temperature. Once cooled down, the Hemp Tincture is almost ready, as you only need to sieve the plant material from the liquid.
While most modern manufacturers have more up-to-date and state-of-the-art machinery and equipment to produce Hemp Tinctures, the philosophy remains much the same.
What Are Tinctures Used For? A Short Tincture History
Ancient Egyptians started making and using tinctures once they discovered alcohol. They started distilling plants, herbs, and flowers into alcohol as a way to preserve their benefits. They soon discovered that an alcohol liquid infused with specific plants was a useful medication. Soon, they started producing various plant-based tinctures to address all sorts of health issues and ailments.
Since pill making didn’t exist until the 19th century, tinctures were the most widely and easily available form of medicine. Most medicines in those days were based on plants, flowers, and trees. Infusing them into alcohol or other carrier oils was a great way to concentrate their beneficial potential and give it to patients.
Herbalists started making lavender tinctures for relaxation, ginger tinctures for nausea and vomiting, and St John’s Wort tinctures for depression. Tinctures were an easy way to concentrate the healing properties of a plant in a format that could preserve them for a long time.
Up until the 1930s, tinctures were widely available on pharmacists’ shelves, and people could even find Hemp Tinctures sold over the counter.
With the growth of modern medicine and pharmacology, pills and syrups took over tinctures, which became less common.
Nowadays, tinctures seem to be making a comeback, especially when it comes to Hemp. As people are looking into more natural ways of healing, herbal tinctures are rebounding.
Hemp Tinctures VS Hemp Oil
If you are facing a dilemma choosing between Hemp Tinctures and Hemp Oil, perhaps a clear overview of each method’s benefits will help.
Alcohol vs. Oil
Tinctures are concentrated herbal forms in either an alcohol or carrier oil base.
Oils, as their name suggests, are always based on a carrier oil.
In the case of Hemp, the carrier oil is usually MCT, Hemp seed oil, olive oil, or sunflower oil.
Method of Ingestion
Tinctures are more versatile compared to oil, especially when it comes to Hemp.
Drops of Hemp Tinctures are traditionally put under the tongue and kept there for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing them. This is the sublingual way of taking CBD. Our tongue is equipped with capillaries and a sublingual artery. These bypass the liver and gut to absorb any substance directly into the bloodstream.
Hemp Oil, on the other hand, is ingested and carried into our stomach, gut, and digestive system. It is broken down by the liver before it enters our bloodstream.
The method of ingestion matters because of bioavailability.
Whenever we take oral medication, it has to pass through our digestive system before reaching our bloodstream. This means that the medication loses part of its potential as it is broken down by the liver and its enzymes.
Doctors and pharmaceutical companies know about this and calculate their dosage based on the knowledge that part of its potential will be lost on the way to the bloodstream. This is what is called bioavailability.
The same stands true for Hemp. When ingesting Hemp Oil, we lose a significant part of its properties during digestion. This means that perhaps only 10 to 20% of the initial quantity manages to reach the bloodstream. However, the effect often lasts longer, as Hemp Oil Capsules release their content over time in the body.
In the case of sublingual consumption, because of the capillaries, the CBD bypasses the stomach and the digestive system and enters more directly the bloodstream. In this case, bioavailability reaches up to 30%.
Which One Can You Eat?
Both Hemp Tinctures and Hemp Oil can be orally consumed. You can add them both to food, drinks, and hot beverages. When tinctures are digested rather than taken sublingually, they have to go through the digestive tract, just like oils: this means it takes up to 2 hours to reach the bloodstream.
Alcohol is water-based rather than oil-based. Alcohol-based Hemp Tinctures are water-soluble and can be more easily mixed with any food, beverage, or drink.
Hemp Oils, on the other hand, and non-alcoholic Hemp Tinctures are oil-based. They can be easily added to food but may be harder to mix into a drink.
Topical Use: Hemp Oil or Hemp Tincture?
Alcohol-based Hemp Tinctures may irritate the skin. Therefore, it’s best to use Hemp Oil or Hemp Tinctures that use a carrier oil for topical use, as it will be milder and kinder to the skin.
Ease of Transportation
Both Hemp Oil and Hemp Tinctures are easy to transport in bottles.
Both Hemp Oil and Hemp Tinctures are equipped with droppers, thus helping people calculate their dosage easily and precisely. Users can increase their dosage incrementally, one drop at a time, over several days to see whether they are experiencing any benefits.
Both are discreet and can be used in a matter of seconds.
Hemp Oil and Hemp Tinctures Are Non-Psychotropic
CBD is non-psychotropic and non-intoxicating. This means that both Hemp Oil and Hemp Tinctures are non-intoxicating and will not produce a sense of ‘high.’
The World Health Organization has stated that there’s no known addiction potential associated with CBD. Indeed, studies suggest that CBD may help addicts recover faster from their addiction.
Benefits of Hemp Tinctures
Whether Hemp Tinctures are alcohol-based or not, they have a long shelf-life. As long as the glass bottle is kept in a cool, dry place and the cap is tightly closed to avoid evaporation, the tincture will remain intact.
Hemp Tinctures are also low in calories. They do not need to be added to any food or beverage and can be taken one drop at a time.
Because of the bioavailability issue, Hemp Tinctures are easily absorbed and fast-acting, taking approximately 45 minutes for the effects to manifest and peaking at 90 minutes when consumed orally. For faster results, you can use Hemp Oil tinctures sublingually. Simply place a few drops under your tongue and hold for 15-20 seconds before swallowing.
Finally, the dropper makes it very easy to determine your ideal serving size and craft your own Cannabinoid-Infused edibles.
The Benefits of Full-Spectrum CBD Tinctures
Hemp products can be divided into three broad categories: Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, and Isolate.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains CBD and all the cannabinoids found in hemp, including THC, CBN, CBG, and CBC, as well as all the other compounds such as flavonoids and terpenes.
Broad-Spectrum Hemp Oil is like Full-Spectrum but without THC. It contains all cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes present in industrial hemp.
CBD Isolate contains 100% CBD without any other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Tinctures can provide all the beneficial compounds found in Hemp. Hemp is not just about CBD. Industrial Hemp contains more than 110 cannabinoids whose benefits are still investigated and look promising. It also contains antioxidant flavonoids and plenty of terpenes, which again, provide their own beneficial properties.
When taken all together, these compounds may enhance each other’s efficiency and give a combined health boost that exceeds the sum of their individual properties. This is what is called the entourage effect. Taking the full potential of Hemp gives your body all the benefits of hundreds of natural, plant-based compounds.
Full-Spectrum Hemp tinctures are fast-acting when placed under the tongue and may produce immediate effects within less than an hour. However, any company using harsh extraction methods is likely selling “Full-Spectrum” products incapable of delivering a True Entourage Effect™.
Hemp Tinctures for a Healthier Life
Hemp Tinctures follow the same method that herbalists used for thousands of years: infuse herbs, plants, and flowers into alcohol or carrier oil and let them slowly release their properties under gentle heat. The final product is a tincture that contains concentrated extracts of the plants and which can be taken one drop at a time.
Hemp Tinctures are easy to transport, discreet to take, and can be efficient within an hour of taking them. They are non-psychotropic or intoxicating and may potentially help with anxiety, depression, inflammation, chronic pain, and stress.
If you don’t want to take them sublingually, you can always add a couple of drops to your dinner for extra relaxation and relief before going to bed.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Tinctures contain all the beneficial natural and botanical compounds of Hemp and may help you recover your physical wellbeing and mental strength.
The Synchronicity™ Full- Spectrum Hemp Oil Tincture
Synchronicity™ is a vertically integrated company. That means we ensure the integrity of our Hemp Tinctures by cultivating our own non-GMO Hemp and using no insecticides or herbicides.
But that’s not all. Most companies rely on chemical solvents and extreme temperatures to extract Hemp Oil. However, harsh extraction methods can destroy vital oils and nutrients.
Synchronicity™ ‘s Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Tincture is produced using our unique LipidTrans Infusion™ process. Perfected over two decades, this process preserves and transfers the plant’s many phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes to a heart-healthy carrier oil (Coconut oil).
That’s what makes Synchronicity™ Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Tincture superior to similar products by other companies: our sustainable processes that deliver supreme value.
Here at Synchronicity we avoid harsh CO2 extraction processes, use sustainable farming practices for all of our plants, and oversee the gentle hand-pressing and coconut oil fusion of our products. We work with third-party testing facilities to ensure that everything we create is safe and reliable. Synchronicity—the passionate Hemp Oil producers.