Wondering how much should you take? This is a bit of a tricky question, as there are no official dosing guidelines for CBD. Dr. Steve Patierno, Chair of CuraLeaf’s Medical Advisory Board and the Deputy Director of the Duke Cancer Institute, suggests starting with a lower strength product and taking just 1 milliliter. (For a 30-milliliter bottle that’s likely a full dropper, but check the bottle to be sure.) You can always take a bit more next time if you don’t feel the effects.
Compared to other popular products like CBD chocolates and lotions, tinctures have extremely high bioavailability, so they’re very easy for the body to absorb. According to a National Center for Biotechnology Information study, CBD edibles, like gummies or cookies, have less bioavailability because the body has to process both the CBD and the ingredients used to make the treat.
However, CBD tinctures, which are sold in those pretty glass bottles sealed with a dropper, are more ambiguous. What the heck do you do with those? And why would someone want to buy them? Read on to learn more about CBD tinctures, and what you need to know before trying this trendy health product.
How do I take a tincture?
When looking at any CBD product, it’s important to do a bit of research to find out how and where it’s made. A CBD product meant for human consumption should come with third-party independent testing information, to ensure their safety and purity.
If it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) products are everywhere these days, you’re definitely not wrong. CBD has been gaining in popularity over the past few years, but it really peaked in September 2018 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, an anti-seizure drug made with cannabis-sourced CBD.
According to researchers, a person will absorb a great deal more CBD if he or she ingests it in a pure tincture. You may also feel the effects sooner. “Due to the way you take tinctures versus other forms of administration, you get a high rate of absorption often starting as soon as the tincture is dropped onto the oral mucosa lining your mouth,” Kater explains.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, just a quick reminder: Like any new supplement, it’s important to talk to your doctor before starting a CBD regime. CBD isn’t ideal for everyone, and it can interact with certain medications, such as Warfarin. Make sure a medical professional knows exactly what you’re taking and in what combination before you start experimenting with CBD in any form.
• “For dogs with arthritis and other joint issues, the American Kennel Club reports that CBD treats inflammation in the muscle tissue and joints—which works to improve the overall musculoskeletal system.”
• “…this helps take pressure away from the surrounding nerve endings and directly reduces pain.”
Unapproved New and Misbranded Human Drug Products
Found at: https://curaleafhemp.com/blogs/cbd/cannabis-oil-dog-cancer
• “CBD oil can help relieve cancer pain and spasms”
• “CBD oil may slow the growth of cancer”
To be legally marketed, a new animal drug must have an approved new animal drug application, conditionally approved new animal drug application, or index listing under sections 512, 571, and 572 of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 360b, 360ccc, and 360ccc-l. These products are not approved or index listed by the FDA, and therefore these products are considered unsafe under section 512(a) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 360b(a), and adulterated under section 501(a)(5) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 351(a)(5). Introduction of an adulterated drug into interstate commerce is prohibited under section 301(a) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 331(a).
Unapproved New Animal Drugs
Found at: https://curaleafhemp.com/blogs/cbd/reasons-to-use-cbd-oil-for-dogs
• “Decrease compulsive behavior like biting, scratching, chewing, whining, eliminating, and other symptoms of dog separation anxiety”
• “Decrease autonomic arousal symptoms like fast/irregular heartbeat, panting, and general distressed feelings”
• “Alleviate fear feelings”
• “Prevent the longer-term health effects of anxiety”
• “CBD may help with cat anxiety” (https://curaleafhemp.com/blogs/cbd/cbd-oil-for-cats)
• “It’s natural, safe and will allow your dog to play, eat, and do other things dogs enjoy without the symptoms of anxiety.” (https://curaleafhemp.com/blogs/cbd/cbd-for-dog-separation-anxiety)
• “vets will prescribe puppy Xanax to pet owners which can help in certain instances but is not necessarily a desirable medication to give your dog continually. Whereas CBD oil is natural and offers similar results without the use of chemicals.” (https://curaleafhemp.com/blogs/cbd/how-much-cbd-oil-should-i-give-my-dog)
• “Relief of seizures and neurological problems” (https://curaleafhemp.com/blogs/cbd?page=2)
• “Soothing of trauma and anxiety” (https://curaleafhemp.com/blogs/cbd?page=2)
Examples of claims observed on your website and social media accounts in April 2019 that establish the intended use of your products as drugs include, but may not be limited to, the following: