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CBD oil vs CBD tincture: what's the difference?

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CBD oil vs CBD tincture: what's the difference?

When it comes to cannabis, THC and CBD are the two most talked about substances. CBD oil has gained popularity due to several medicinal and therapeutic benefits it provides without psychoactive effects.

This is why CBD oil is preferred as a perfect cannabinoid for instant relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety and other conditions, without getting you 'high'.

Several people around the world are learning about the benefits of cannabis, especially CBD. One can take CBD in a variety of ways, such as gummies, vaping, and tincture. While a few companies use similar terms for all CBD items, the method of ingestion has a significant effect on how the product works, and each method has its own pros and cons.

Through this article, two methods are explored, namely tincture and oil, allowing one to choose which works best for them and why.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is made through an extraction procedure that extracts the oil from the seeds, flowers and stems of the hemp plant. Of all the CBD forms, CBD oil is the most potent and expensive. In addition to cannabinoids, you will also find fatty acids, proteins, essential vitamins and nutrients. For a more natural consumption, people are now adding CBD to food and drink recipes.

Studies show that CBD has a positive influence on the endocannabinoid system. Due to the intense power of the oil, just two or three teaspoons of the substance is enough for the day. However, the exact CBD dosage can be estimated based on a person's body weight, goals, and more.

Ingredients for CBD oil

CBD oils are composed of the base oil or carrier oils. These base oils are responsible for the dilution of CBD, making it easier for the body to absorb. These oils are a blend of:

  • Coconut oil
  • MCT oil
  • Vegetable glycerine base
  • Hemp seed oil

What are CBD tinctures?

The word 'tincture' refers to all medicines that are preserved in alcohol. Although derived from hemp, CBD tinctures are not the same as CBD oil.

CBD is realized under 60-70% distilled alcohol. Necessarily, these tinctures are extracts of hemp (in liquid form) combined with a mixture of alcohol, glycerine or cinnamon / peppermint oil. One can consume tinctures in the same trend as CBD oil, that is, sublingual (under the tongue). Unlike CBD oil, tinctures have a lower potency of CBD. Tinctures have a long shelf life and the dosage varies from user to user.

CBD tinctures have a higher bioavailability compared to CBD oil. It is due to the presence of alcohol in tinctures. It serves as a preservative, which improves the longevity of CBD. One can also cook with CBD tinctures by using water-soluble CBD. It ensures an even faster recording.

Ingredients of CBD tincture

The CBD ratio in tincture is less as compared to oil. It is mainly due to the addition of other substances to enhance the taste. Some ingredients are:

  • Essential vitamins such as B12, D, C, etc.
  • Water
  • Herbs
  • Melatonin
  • Sweeteners
  • Essential oils such as basil, lavender, etc.

Difference between oil and tinctures


CBD oil contains cannabidiol as an oil carrier/base. On the other hand, CBD tincture has an alcohol base. Regardless of their basis, both mimic the same therapeutic properties. They are widely used to relieve inflammation, stress, anxiety, etc.


CBD oil can also be taken through vaping, while tincture can be taken in combination with food due to its alcohol base.


CBD oil has an unpleasant taste for some when consumed orally. It can leave an oily aftertaste, unlike Tincture, which comes in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, peach, vanilla, etc. and ensures quick absorption when taken sublingually (under the tongue).


The price of each CBD product will depend on its strength, potency, extraction method, etc. As a general trend, the cost of a 500ml CBD oil and tincture is roughly the same (between $ 35 (~ € 31,57) to $ 45, but usually, high-quality CBD oil is more expensive than tincture.

Shelf life

Compared to CBD oil, tinctures have a longer shelf life because it is made with ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which acts as a preservative. You can see an expired CBD oil from turbidity in the oil. To extend the life of CBD products, keep them away from direct sunlight.


Consumption methods of both oil and tincture are discreet and have almost no psychoactive effects. This way, you can find out which alternative is best for you.

Usually the choice between oil and tincture depends on the individual. Regardless of whether you are concerned about the taste, how you take your cannabidiol, or the price, there are many benefits to taking CBD-infused products for maintaining your overall well-being.

Sources including Health Europe (EN), Quora (EN), remedy (EN)

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Marta Niesic December 18, 2020 - 23:07 PM

Tomo canabis 2 gotas diarias ..y mí estado anímico mejoro… .mí esposo lo toma x secuelas de una fractura de tibia y peroné… nuestra perrita maltés de 14 años por un cáncer de mama operado..está muy bien… estaría gustosa me orientarán sobre como producir aceite Tintura y crema. Para consumo propio y de amigos. Algo serio soy profesora de lengua y literatura

elina AGBONTALOR April 23, 2021 - 23:34

You mi 54 let. Měl jsem artritidu od 13 let, doktor řekl, že ji způsobil záchvat chřipky a můj imunitní systém začal útočit na kyčelní kloub. Před 40 lety jsem měl bolesti in bolesti, přestal jsem jíst maso in mléčné výrobky in všechny mé bolesti zmizely. Nyní žádné léky právě nezahájily zkoušku CBD, aby zjistily, zda mohu znovu získat flexibilitu a moje největší překvapení, že to pro mě funguje, si stále můžete objednat

druginc April 27, 2021 - 11:31

Thank you Elina for your response, good to learn that CBD is working for you with arthritis!