Understanding the difference between CBD tinctures and CBD oils can be somewhat challenging, primarily because different producers use both of these terms for several types of product.
Instead of focusing on the phrasing on the label, it makes a lot more sense to look for specific aspects that directly determine both the type and quality of a given CBD product.
Before we get into everything, let’s first check out what is generally referred to as “CBD tinctures” and “CBD oils”.
The word tincture typically implies that alcohol was used as a solvent during the production process.
But when it comes to CBD products, the term tincture generally implies that the mixture in question contains other ingredients from hemp besides only CBD molecules, such as phytonutrients, flavonoids, other cannabinoids, and terpenes.
These CBD mixtures are generally known as CBD tinctures, but they are also known as “broad-spectrum” CBD tinctures.
On the other hand, some producers extract only CBD molecules from hemp (and nothing else), and later combine these isolated CBD molecules with a carrier oil. These products are oftentimes referred to as CBD oils.
Broad-spectrum CBD products are generally viewed as having a superior therapeutic value (when compared to isolated CBD products), which results from a synergistic cooperation between various components of the hemp plant, usually referred to as “the entourage effect”.
It’s also important to mention that broad-spectrum CBD products contain miniscule amounts of THC (less than 0.3%), and since they contain the psychoactive THC compound only in trace amounts, they can be legally obtained in all 50 states.
Finally, in states where recreational cannabis is legal CBD products that contain large amounts of THC can be legally purchased. These products are made from cannabis plants (not hemp), and are generally called “full-spectrum” CBD oils and tinctures.
Unlike “broad-spectrum” and “isolated” CBD products, “full-spectrum” oils and tinctures are more than capable of producing a high.
To conclude, it’s logical to look for these phrases on the label, instead of fixating on the terms “tincture” and “oil”.
For instance, our products are “broad-spectrum” CBD tinctures, and they contain numerous components of the hemp plant, and not just isolated CBD infused with a carrier oil.
In order to ensure that you’re purchasing a high-quality CBD product, there are also several other important aspects that need to be considered (type of extraction method, potency and growing conditions of hemp). You can find all the essential information in this article.