Due to its alleged ability to treat everything including anxiety, inflammation, and pain, CBD products are seemingly everywhere you turn, including beauty products like massage lotion and hair care. But one of the most popular uses of this wellness trend is internally, by way of vape pens, soft gel capsules, edibles, and tinctures. So what’s the advantage of the internal (vs. external) use of CBD? "In general, CBD provides a sense of overall calmness and well-being when consumed," explains Mills Miller, founder of Mineral, a line of full spectrum hemp products. And as for why you’d opt not to vape, the answer is two-fold. "Edibles and tinctures are much more discreet and have longer-lasting effects than vaping, and do not add stress and fatigue to the lungs," he says.
Good news: Between meditation apps, dietary adjustments, and herbal remedies, these days, there are a ton of products and practices that promise to calm anxiety naturally. In terms of the latter of these, there’s probably nothing more buzz-worthy than CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, the non-addictive, non-psychoactive compound from the cannabis plant. And with so many variations of this new wellness star, it can be confusing to know which one is right for you. When it comes to CBD tinctures vs. gummies, you might be surprised to know that these products aren’t all created equally, and knowing their differences might help make your choice a bit more clear.
And while both gummies and tinctures are great as a first foray into the CBD world, those who want to start to experiment with lower, more controlled doses might find that gummies are better suited for their needs. "Gummies are not only convenient, but also the easiest way to know exactly how many milligrams of CBD you are taking in a serving. Once consumed, they are broken down by the digestive system, which takes time to metabolize through the liver," Mc Auliffe says. "Eventually, the active compounds are sent to your bloodstream and circulated to the rest of the body. Typically, the onset of effects from a gummy will be anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours."
Besides this, some people just find gummies are a more approachable and tasty way to enjoy the use of CBD — but Miller argues that this method has not been proven to be more effective medically. "Many people like the taste of gummies over a tincture, but [they] do not have any medicinal advantages over a tincture," he says. "A tincture is definitely a more efficient way to ingest cannabis for a more precise and fast-acting experience."
So once you do determine you’d like to try CBD in an ingestible form, how do you know which one to choose? One thing to consider is how quickly you want it to work. If you want to feel the effects ASAP, a tincture might be your best bet. As William McAuliffe, founder and CEO of Hemptivate, explains, "The sublingual tincture method is not subject to metabolic breakdown, and therefore more of the active CBD is available to reach the target destination in the body quicker. Typically, the effect from tincture taken under the tongue has an onset of around 15 minutes."
Anecdotally, we can share that customers across the world that use CBD have found it to be helpful in helping with stress, swelling, discomfort in muscles and joints, and many other challenges. These testimonials include both humans and pet owners.
It has been adapted to be used in many forms we see today by CBD companies online, and by many retail giants with private label CBD products. With so many options in this cluttered marketplace, it can be hard to decide which one may be right for you.
CBD may have many health and wellness benefits for those interested in natural alternatives to addressing some of their wellness needs. CBD is not addictive and unlike its cousin, THC (AKA marijuana, the cannabis plant), it is not psychoactive, so you won’t get “high” from it. CBD is one of the many compounds found in the hemp plant, the cannabis plant’s conservative cousin, which naturally contains extremely low levels of THC, (less than 0.3%).
The Mystery of CBD
Once you’ve found a trusted company, with products grown in the US, that controls the process from the seed in the ground to the product in your hands, has reviews from a trusted outside source that is verified, has lab reports that can be accessed by their site or via the QR code on the label and believe in their products enough to offer you a 30-day risk-free guarantee, you are set.
As well, the edible product should contain a consistent amount of CBD in every unit, unlike tinctures which need to be measured each time you take it.
Both CBD tinctures and CBD softgels, and gummies are a great entry point when trying CBD for those looking to experiment. Softgels and gummies, unlike tinctures, allow for a more controlled amount.
CBD is a mystery compound that is enlightening us daily. While it has been around for centuries and used in cultures across the globe for a host of natural remedies, we are just beginning to scratch the surface on what seems to be in infinite possibilities of its powers for humans and pets today.