Everything we consume has a shelf-life, CBD oil included.
The shelf life of a product is defined as: “the length of time for which an item remains usable, fit for consumption, or saleable.”
So, what is the shelf life of CBD oil? Does it really become less effective over time?
How long will that bottle actually last before it’s no longer “fit for consumption?”
Exploring the Shelf Life of CBD
The shelf life of CBD actually depends on a few things. How long your CBD oil lasts is determined by its quality, how it’s packaged and how you store it once it’s in your possession. Let’s take a deeper look.
No matter what they might be, quality products tend to last longer. Cars, clothes, appliances…you name it. The higher quality a product is, the longer it’s likely to last. CBD oil is no different.
The quality of the hemp the CBD was derived from, as well as the method used to extract it, can both have a significant impact on the shelf life of the final product. CBD oil from high-quality hemp grown in nutrient-rich soil extracted using state-of-the-art extraction methods will have a much longer shelf life than CBD oil poorly extracted from industrial hemp grown in unfit conditions.
It’s simple. Quality hemp + quality extraction = high-quality oil with a longer shelf life.
Packaging is another important factor that will determine the shelf life of CBD. CBD oil tinctures store best in amber or blue dropper bottles, which is why you’ll find most CBD tinctures are sold in just that.
These colored bottles help keep the product protected against exposure to heat, light and air, which all have a role in the breakdown of both cannabinoids and terpenes. Packaging really does matter and plays an integral role in the shelf life of your CBD.
Seeing that exposure to heat, light and air all play a huge role in the shelf life of CBD, proper storage is essential. In order to prolong the shelf life of CBD, it’s best to avoid these elements as much as possible.
The best place to store your CBD oil is in a cool, dark environment. This ensures it stays as fresh as possible for as long as possible. If you’ve purchased a high-quality CBD oil, how you store it is one of the most important determining factors in how long it will last.
How to Properly Store Your CBD Oil
Let’s just assume you’ve done your research and bought a high-quality CBD oil from a reputable company. If so, it’s likely packaged in an amber or blue dropper bottle. Now, how you store this CBD is up to you. If you want to extend the shelf life of your CBD oil for as long as possible, keep the following things in mind.
Store Your CBD Oil Away from Light
Research shows that exposure to light is the single greatest factor in the loss of cannabinoids. Exposure to sunlight or artificial light can significantly speed up the degradation process of CBD. While it might be tempting to display your bottle of CBD on a sunny kitchen window ledge, doing so should be avoided at all costs.
Sure, the bottles are designed to filter light so freshness is maintained, but when kept in direct light or in a well-lit location, your CBD oil won’t stay fresh as long as it can. Our recommendation is to keep CBD in a pantry cupboard away from any appliances that produce heat.
Another option is to store your CBD in the refrigerator or freezer, which isn’t only beneficial for keeping light exposure at bay but will also help protect your product from heat.
Store Your CBD Oil Away from Heat
The cooler the temperature your CBD oil maintains, the fresher it will stay. Warmer temperatures can cause slight changes to the chemical composition of your product. While this won’t render your CBD useless, it can diminish the quality a bit and cause your oil to become somewhat cloudy.
One of the best ways to avoid this is by keeping your CBD oil in the refrigerator. Not only does this ensure that your CBD oil doesn’t get too warm, but it also guarantees it’s kept out of direct light (save for when you open your fridge). If you want to avoid light at all costs, you could wrap your bottle of CBD in aluminum foil, but it’s not really necessary.
If you really want to extend the shelf life of your CBD, keeping it away from heat is key. This means keeping it out of a window where it’s exposed to direct sunlight, not leaving it in your car, and keeping it away from the oven or stove.
If you’re looking to hold on to your bottle of CBD oil for as long as possible, you might want to consider keeping it in the freezer. While freezing CBD oil generally won’t cause it to solidify, it could become thicker and cloudy. Anyone who plans on keeping a bottle of CBD oil around for emergencies should keep it in the freezer, where it’s shelf life will be extended considerably.
Keep Your CBD Oil Away from Air Exposure
Most bottles CBD oil comes in are designed not only to keep out light but are also made airtight to prevent air exposure. Exposure to air plays a fundamental role in the breakdown of cannabinoids and can radically reduce the shelf life of CBD oil.
Oxidative stress is the process in which oxygen exposure can slowly cause changes to the chemical composition of certain products. Once CBD oil is exposed to oxygen over time, there are changes that occur to the oil that will not only reduce shelf life but also the quality of the product as well.
When purchasing CBD oil, try your best to leave it in its original container. Always make sure that you tighten the lid or replace the cap after each use. If for any reason you must transfer it to a different container, make sure the new container is airtight.
When Stored Properly, What’s the Shelf Life of CBD?
If you adhere to proper storage methods, the shelf life of your CBD oil is approximately 1-2 years. If kept in the dark at room temperature (or even in the freezer) your oil might last even longer.
If you want to extend the shelf life of your CBD oil, it’s all about taking the best possible care of it that you can. Proper storage will also ensure that your CBD oil maintains its potency and that you’re actually receiving all the benefits it has to offer.
If you’re not looking to store your CBD oil for the long-term, keeping it in the freezer or even refrigerator isn’t really necessary. Some people go through CBD oil quicker than others.
If you’re one of them, storing your CBD in a dry, dark, cool cupboard is completely fine. Just make sure it’s not exposed to direct light, you keep it away from heat and you don’t allow excessive exposure to air (just don’t forget to screw the lid back on when you’re done).
Final Thoughts on the Shelf Life of CBD
As you now know, the shelf life of CBD all depends on the quality of the original product and the way your CBD oil is stored.
When it comes to wellness, CBD oil can do wonders. Give your CBD oil the proper attention it deserves by ensuring it’s stored properly, and there’s no reason you won’t be able to use it for months (and even years) to come.
The holiday season is upon us and there are many reasons to celebrate. We have our family, friends and health. With the calendar year coming to a close, it’s an ideal time to look back and reflect on how you got here. It’s also a good moment to ponder where you want to go as the next calendar page turns. The best way to commemorate these thoughts? By stuffing your face with those you care about most!
Let’s face it. With family time comes a lot of dessert time — it’s no wonder we tend to gain excess pounds in the winter! If you’re feeling guilty about all of the sugar, add some awesome benefits by incorporating CBD into your desserts.
CBD is a nonpsychedelic supplement that will help your whole squad kick back and relax this holiday season. Baking with CBD may seem strange, but it’s a complete protein that has relaxative effects on the system. Therefore, the whole family can enjoy some delicious CBD treats this holiday season without worrying (too much) about excess pounds! Let’s take a look at how to make 5 delicious CBD holiday desserts.
Why CBD for the Holidays?
The holidays are a time meant for family, reflection and having a good time. We’re all so busy 52 weeks of the year, so December into January is a time to be grateful for your loved ones, health and future. Unfortunately, many look at this time of year as a source of stress. Some perceive the holidays as daunting due to financial woes, hosting parties or dealing with family members. It can’t solve every problem, but using CBD during the holidays may just help relieve some of that stress.
Sometimes we forget that work and other responsibilities can take the backseat for a few days. Our minds keep racing to all the things on our to-do list. By the time we finally unplug our minds from the everyday grind, the holiday vacation is over and it’s time to plug it back in! That’s why using CBD products can help kick your dessert up a notch this holiday season.
How CBD Desserts Work
Consuming a CBD dessert is much like taking a supplement with breakfast. You are consuming beneficial phytocannabinoids along with fats, carbs and other micronutrients. By infusing your desserts with CBD, it naturally increases the bioavailability of all your food’s nutrients.
The fats of the food will absorb the CBD chemicals. When you consume CBD desserts, the fatty exterior will hit the stomach acid first and the solid matter will break down. As a natural reaction, the CBD hoarded in the fat will dissipate into the atmosphere.
Since your atmosphere is contained inside of your skin, phytocannabinoids will dissolve into the bloodstream. Here is where the CBD particles will seek out unhappy receptors in your system. These are the receptors that are triggering your brain to repeatedly think things like, “You’re going to have so many emails when you go back” or “Your father-in-law’s politics are going to cause a huge fight.”
CBD will bind onto some receptors, causing a calming effect on the entire system. In turn, you will feel relaxed, tune out the drama and tune into what matters most.
CBD and Weight Loss
Now, one of our biggest concerns about indulging in holiday sweets is the weight gain. Sure, CBD isn’t going to be a holiday weight loss miracle. However, it’s going to help fight the effects of these sweet foods we’re consuming.
When we eat a lot of sweets, it creates a lot of adipose tissue. These are white fat cells that tend to gather around the gut. The majority of fatty tissue cells are called 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Studies suggest CBD helps turn these white cells into beige-colored cells.
In a process called fat-browning, CBD stimulates these dormant sources of energy. When the white tissue turns brown, the cells become easy to absorb by the bloodstream. In other words, energy is readily available. Seeing as this energy is being drawn from the fat absorbed in your gut, this naturally shreds weight from your midsection.
Additionally, that study also showed CBD activated 7 critical proteins and caused 10 gene expressions that converted white tissues to brown. Simultaneously, these unique phytocannabinoids also down-regulated 3 proteins that have scientifically shown themselves to convert energy-burning brown tissues into fatty white ones.
Now that you understand how CBD can help your holiday spirit, let’s get to making some delicious CBD holiday desserts!
CBD Pumpkin Loaf
Who says pumpkin season needs to be over? While it’s cold, reminisce about warmer times and foliage-filled hikes with CBD Pumpkin Loaf. This recipe infuses CBD into the icing. This is a great way to preserve CBD because CBD starts to evaporate around 320° F to 356° F. Therefore, mixing in with an icing will ensure maximum CBD absorption.
- 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 free-range eggs
- 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon ground espresso
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Pour apple cider vinegar into a bowl.
- Add baking soda and allow to fizz.
- Use an electric beater to add in eggs.
- Once peak forms, add remaining cake ingredients until well combined.
- Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper and place the batter inside.
- Put in oven for 30 minutes.
- Once done, allow to cool.
- After the cake cools, start the icing.
- Melt the coconut oil and coconut butter together at a low temperature.
- Once melted, allow to cool a bit (but not all the way).
- Add in Joy Organics CBD oil and stir.
- Pour icing over cooled off loaf and it should harden immediately!
One of the grandest traditions during the holiday season is eggnog. However, not everyone can partake in the festivities. Vegans don’t drink dairy products, which excludes them from this festive beverage. Well, the CBD community is an inclusive one. So, cheers, vegans. Here’s a CBD Veganogg even carnivores will crave this holiday season! The best part? It’s super easy. Let’s take a look!
- 16 oz raw hemp milk
- 4 cups frozen thai coconut meat
- 3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons organic raw chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla bean extract
- 1 drop Joy Organics orange CBD tincture
- Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- Pinch of nutmeg (Optional)
- Pinch of cinnamon (Optional)
- Add everything into a blender except the topping you want (cinnamon or nutmeg). Whichever you don’t use as a topping, add into the mix!
- Blend for about 20 seconds, until texture is smooth and creamy
- Pour into a cup and add a pinch of the topping you didn’t throw in your Veganogg!
CBD Gingerbread and Apple Cake
Who isn’t a bit guilty of going overboard at the orchards during the fall? We still have some apples clinging onto life. What better use than to bake them? This CBD Gingerbread and Apple Cake is guilt-free because it’s gluten-free. With 18 million Americans suffering from a gluten sensitivity, flour in holiday treats may lead to excess weight into the New Year. This recipe takes that statistic into consideration and gives you a healthy dose of CBD!
- ¾ cup gluten-free brown rice flour
- ¾ cup gluten-free buckwheat flour
- ¼ cup sunflower seed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon clove
- Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- ¼ cup pure cane sugar
- ¼ cup organic maple syrup
- Apples (or ⅓ cup applesauce)
- ¼ cup molasses
- ⅓ cup distilled water
- 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup organic coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon Joy Organics lemon CBD tincture
- 1 tablespoon raw chia (place in ¼ cup of warm distilled water)
- This recipe is best with homemade applesauce. If you have any left over, heat it up on the stove and stir with water. You only need ⅓ cup of applesauce, so 1 or 2 apples should suffice. However, if you make extra, that’s a nice treat to snack on!
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Line a cake pan with parchment paper.
- Mix all dry ingredients.
- Once applesauce is done, allow to cool.
- Mix all wet ingredients (including homemade applesauce) into a bowl. Exclude the chia.
- Slowly mix dry mix into wet mix.
- Add chia paste and smooth together.
- Place into lined pan and even out with a spatula.
- Bake for 25 minutes, until browned.
CBD Snow Day Mint Drops
We’ve had some pretty healthy holiday recipes. This is without a doubt an old-fashioned sweet tooth attack. It’s okay to live a little! Just be sure to do so with moderation. Here’s a CBD spin on a minty holiday classic!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
- ½ cup crushed peppermint candy canes
- ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
- 5 teaspoons warm water
- 1 teaspoon Joy Organics mint CBD tincture
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter and white sugar in a large bowl. Continue until texture is smooth.
- Beat egg into mixture.
- Combine salt and flour into mixture.
- Fold in candy canes.
- Roll batter into balls about 1 tablespoon in size.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake until firm, around 8-10 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 1 minute before moving to cooling rack.
- Grab confectioner’s sugar and warm water and whisk together in a small bowl.
- Add in Joy Organics mint CBD tincture and mix together.
- Dip cooled off balls into mix.
- Roll in more candy cane crumbs, if desired.
Nutella Cherry Fudge CBD Bites
Okay, who doesn’t have a soft spot for Nutella? Well, get even nuttier by adding some Joy Organics Natural CBD Tinctures to the mix. CBD has a naturally earthy flavor that will compliment this dessert and your body’s receptors! Cheers to a Happy New Year!
- 1 cup hazelnuts
- 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon organic vanilla bean extract
- 8-oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup Nutella
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ cup dried cherries, chopped
- ½ teaspoon Joy Organics natural CBD tincture
- Preheat oven to 275° F.
- Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
- Once skins crack, place them into a towel.
- Roll the hazelnuts around to loosen up the skin before transferring to a chopping board and coarsely cutting them.
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Butter the parchment paper lightly and set aside.
- Simmer a few inches of water in a pot. Do not boil.
- Place a heatproof bowl onto the pot.
- Combined sweetened condensed milk, organic vanilla bean extract, chocolate, Nutella, butter, chili powder and salt.
- Stir the mixture over heat occasionally until the texture is smooth.
- Remove from the heat and toss in hazelnuts, dried cherries and CBD tincture.
- Fold until everything is well-combined.
- Spread evenly into prepared baking pan.
- Let cool and sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt.
- Cover the pan and refrigerate for four hours.
- After four hours, remove parchment paper from baking pan and cut up fudge as desired.
- Store in airtight container.
In a still new market, the cannabis niche is already seeming a bit…overcrowded. After all, there are hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, full spectrum hemp oil — it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin! Well, swivel your dome back the way you found it. We’re here to set your head right!
Don’t let hemp products overwhelm you. They are all beneficial (and delicious). However, each type of hemp product does react with the body in its own unique way. Therefore, some products like hemp seeds and hemp seed oil may not have all the nutrients you are looking for. Let’s take a look at the differences between the major hemp products and get to the bottom of the question, “Do hemp seeds have CBD?”
Getting to Know the Hemp Plant
Before getting into the nuances of hemp products, let’s get to know the plant in the first place. Hemp is a member of the Cannabis sativa family and comes with a hoard of unique properties. One of those is that it doesn’t contain the psychoactive molecules that its cousin, marijuana, does.
Hemp plants are chock full terpenes. These are the aromatic chemical compounds that give Cannabis sativa plants their distinct smell. All plants scents have evolved from genetic structures known as terpenes. Terpenes are not only responsible for the scent of a plant, but their therapeutic benefits as well.
What sets Cannabis sativa apart from other plants is that this family contains over 80 phytocannabinoids unique to this genus. Of all of these distinct phytochemicals, there are two that are most prominent in Cannabis sativa plants. Those chemical compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC is most common in marijuana. It is the psychoactive element of the plant and is the number one reason why Cannabis was outlawed. However, hemp contains little to no traces of THC. The hemp version of the Cannabis sativa plant generates an abundance of CBD instead. This is the therapeutic component that has sparked the medical cannabis movement.
To be legally sold in the United States, hemp products must contain less than 0.3% THC. With such low amounts of THC, it is safe to presume that hemp can’t get you high.
Where Does CBD Grow?
The way CBD comes to fruition is through the miracle of life. When a seed gets planted, it soaks up all the water and nutrition from the soil. From there, lights beat down onto the ground. During the germination period, the light excites microorganisms in the soil, including the seed. As moisture is pulled up to the sky through evaporation, it creates pressure on the seed. Thus, the hemp plant begins to blossom.
While the plant grows toward the light, it’s drawing up as much moisture and nutrients as it can through its roots. This creates a push-and-pull effect on the plant itself. A tug-of-war is created because the plant’s roots are firmly entrenched in its grow medium.
Rays from the light above cause evaporation. Light draws water from the stems and leaves up into the atmosphere. Being anchored by roots while being tugged by light causes stress on the hemp plant. Think of any time we stretch ourselves at the gym. What happens? We sweat.
While our sweat is nothing to write home about, the resin excreting from the tiny hairs on the hemp leaves contain phytocannabinoids. So, to extract CBD oil, you must apply pressure on the leaves and stems of the hemp plant. When this happens, trichomes burst open, exposing oil rich with rare phytochemicals.
Do Hemp Seeds Have CBD?
As you may have caught on, the way terpenes are developed are as a result of photosynthesis. So, we can confirm that CBD lives in the leaves and stems. Unfortunately, there isn’t any CBD in seeds.
Therefore, if you purchase hemp seeds or hemp seed oil, you will not get any benefits of CBD. To get the full benefits, you want to get CBD products that tout they are “whole plant” or “full spectrum hemp oil.”
This means everything (seeds, leaves and stems) is used in the process. Seeing as each part of the plant brings a different set of phytochemicals to the table, Joy Organics figured we’d have it all! The only thing we opt out of is THC.
As some hemp may have traces of THC, we remove it from the final formula so that you have all the benefits of unique phytocannabinoids without the worry of failing a drug test.
Now, as we mentioned we use all parts of the plant when crafting our full spectrum hemp oil. That means the seed is included. Think about it, if that tiny thing was able to power an entire plant chock full of therapeutic benefits, there has to be some excellent nutrition going on in there. Well, there is! Let’s take a look.
Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Seeds are the unsung hero in nutrition. Chia seeds are a great energy booster and make a killer pudding. Sunflower seeds are full of protein and awesome to spit at ball games. Then there are hemp seeds.
Much like the plant itself, hemp seeds contain a litany of unique phytochemicals that makes this a heart-healthy food choice. For one, over 25% of the calories in a tiny hemp seed comes from high-quality protein sources. In fact, just 40 grams of seeds contains 9.46 grams of protein!
What makes this such a heart-healthy food is the fact that get you so much protein, and it comes with dietary fiber. Main protein sources such as animal fats contain a ton of LDL cholesterol and little fiber to flush it out. Not to mention, these animal fats are filling. Therefore, we aren’t getting an adequate amount of greens to help push some of these toxins out of the system.
Consuming high-caloric fats makes it harder for your body to digest foods. As a result, they build up in your system, causing a backlog of blood flow. Naturally, your heart gets fewer supplies of oxygenated red blood cells, which may lead to a myriad of heart conditions.
By eating an LDL cholesterol-dominant, protein-rich, fiber-dense product like hemp seeds, you are helping clear out the clogged up system. Not to mention, they’re easier for your body to break down and as a result, disperse the nutrients into the bloodstream.
Another leg-up hemp seeds have as a source of protein are their abundance of omega-3 fatty acids. Rule of thumb, we should have a ratio of 3:1 when comparing omega-3s to omega-6s. Unfortunately, evolution has seen a 1:1 ratio become the norm. Alarmingly enough, studies say today, many hover at “20:1 or higher.”
These statistics correlate with the fact that one-third of the population is considered overweight. It all makes sense. Not eating your phytochemicals because you’re full from animals fats will cause your system to clog up. Hemp seeds are a great way to find that balance and help fight off some excess weight gain.
How to Use Hemp Seeds
Seeds are a diverse tool in the kitchen. You can use them in a number of ways. Hemp seeds are no different. The most common way to consume hemp seeds is like any other nut — you can consume them raw by the handful. Personally, we think their nutty flavor can accentuate any salad in need of some crunch!
Otherwise, you can roast hemp seed to sprinkle over a delicious butternut squash soup. Toast them on the stovetop and sprinkle them in with some breadcrumbs to bake over chicken. Perhaps even mill the seeds and toss them into a batter for a healthier baked good. To get more creative, you can even soak hemp seeds in water to formulate hemp seed milk.
For those looking to use hemp seed oil, this liquid contains many of the same nutritious benefits as the seeds. Seeing as hemp seed oil is extracted from CBD-free seeds, these oils don’t contain any cannabinoids. Don’t let this deter you from using the delicious health accessory in your next dish.
Like the seed itself, hemp seed oil has a nutty flavor that works wonderfully in bulletproof coffees. It’s like having a hazelnut syrup without all the additives! Being a complete protein, you can actually swap MCT oil for the cheaper alternative in hemp seed oil!
While we wouldn’t suggest cooking with hemp seed oil, it does work wonderfully as a dressing. Mix up this earthy flavor with some citrusy nodes like a white orange balsamic vinegar. It will have your taste buds dancing and your micronutrient intake booming!
Storing Hemp Products
Whether you opt for hemp seed, hemp seed oil or full spectrum hemp oil, store them all the same! You want to keep hemp and CBD products in a cool, dry and dark place. In fact, many hemp seed oils recommend you keep them in the refrigerator.
By keeping the products away from light, it allows their chemical compounds to maintain integrity. Otherwise, rays within the light will excite the phytochemicals and cause them to oxidize. Sounds familiar? It’s the circle of life, indeed.
How do you take your CBD?
There are, after all, several different methods of administration. From softgels or capsules that can be taken just like a regular supplement to edibles of all different kinds, as well as tinctures (drops) placed under the tongue, several topical options, vaping and even suppositories, the ways to take CBD are aplenty.
Seeing that CBD can benefit pretty much everyone, it’s good to have options. For those who can’t swallow a pill, taking a tincture might be an option. Parents who give their children CBD might find that giving them gummies works much better than any other form of administration.
Of all the various methods of CBD administration, CBD tinctures are one of the most popular.
What Is a CBD Tincture?
A CBD tincture, which can also be referred to as CBD drops, is a cannabidiol-infused liquid that is typically taken sublingually (under the tongue). CBD tinctures are concentrated and intended to be taken in small doses. Most CBD tinctures on the market come with a dropper that allows the consumer to take measured dosages.
Taking a CBD Tincture
There are a couple of different ways to take CBD tinctures. Here we’ll discuss both, so you know which route might be best for your personal needs.
The most common way to take CBD tinctures is sublingually. To do so, simply measure out the desired dose you wish to take in the dropper, place under the tongue and let it sit for about a minute, then swallow.
When taken sublingually, CBD oil is absorbed by the mucous membranes, where it then moves directly into the bloodstream. CBD oil taken sublingually offer one of the most rapid methods of delivery because it does not have to move through the digestive tract and liver before making its way into the bloodstream. While CBD works different for everyone, on average it takes about 20-30 minutes to feel the effects of taking a CBD tincture.
Added to Food or Drinks
While CBD tinctures are typically taken sublingually, these drops are actually quite versatile when it comes to how they can be taken. Don’t want to take CBD drops under your tongue? No problem. CBD tinctures can be added to soups, stews, smoothies and more if taking CBD in food is more your thing. CBD tinctures can also be added to your morning or afternoon coffee and can be a great addition to an evening cup of relaxing herbal tea (where you’ll get an extra kick of mellow thanks to the properties of both the tea and the CBD).
Keep in mind that adding CBD drops to your food and taking them orally will take longer to feel the desired effects than taking them sublingually. This is because CBD that is taken orally must pass through both the digestive tract and liver before it makes its way into the bloodstream and begins to do its thing. If you decide to take a CBD tincture with food like this, expect it to take at least an hour until you feel any effects.
How Are CBD Tinctures Made?
Like most other CBD products, CBD starts out as a mature hemp plant that is harvested and then processed to extract the cannabinoid-rich oil. The two most common extraction methods include:
- CO2 Extraction (highly pressurized carbon dioxide under a low temperature is used to pull CBD and other compounds out of the hemp plant)
- Ethanol Extraction (where hemp is added to ethyl or isopropyl to pull the CBD and other compounds out of the plant)
The result of both extraction methods is a thick, gooey substance rich in CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes.
From here, the oil is then mixed into a carrier oil such as MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil from coconut or hemp seeds. Our CBD tincture, for example, is made from MCT and/or hempseed oil and/or grapeseed oil.
While we do carry a CBD tincture without flavor, we’ve found that not everyone likes this “natural” taste, which is why we also add orange, lemon or peppermint essential oil for added flavor options. This is something common throughout the industry, with CBD tinctures available in several different flavors.
The Pros and Cons of CBD Tinctures
CBD works differently for everyone, and depending on who’s taking it, there are both pros and cons to CBD tinctures. Some of the advantages and possible disadvantages of taking a CBD tincture include:
- Compared to other forms of CBD administration, a CBD tincture works relatively quickly. It is the second-fastest method of delivery next to vaping and can be taken by virtually anyone.
- CBD tinctures can easily be mixed with food or beverages if taking sublingually is undesired.
- CBD tinctures are easy to administer and, when used with a dropper, offer an easy way to get exactly the dosage you desire. Want to control your dosage? Simply increase or decrease the number of drops you take.
- For those who have difficulty swallowing, tinctures aren’t likely the best form of administration.
- CBD tinctures were not designed to be vaped. Not only do tinctures not burn well, but they create a thick smoke that can be especially harsh on the lungs. If you’re interested in vaping CBD, you must use a CBD vape oil specifically designed for vaping.
Final Thoughts on CBD Tinctures
With the plethora of CBD products to choose from, we hope this helped clear up any confusion and answered any questions you might have had about CBD tinctures. As one of the most popular ways to take CBD oil, CBD tinctures are available in several different strengths, sizes and flavors.
No matter what your reason for using CBD, tinctures offer an easy way to take it and work more quickly than most other options. When taken sublingually, CBD bypasses the digestive tract and liver completely, which not only speeds up how quickly you feel the effects, but also offers a higher bioavailability (the degree and rate in which CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream) than when taken orally.
While CBD tinctures might not be for everyone, they are one of the easiest and most effective ways to get your daily dose of the extremely beneficial cannabinoid.
People have a lot of questions about CBD. One of the most common questions we hear:
How long do the effects of CBD last?
It’s a great question! And anyone interested in taking CBD deserves to know the answer. No matter what your reason for taking CBD, you obviously want to know how long the effects are going to last. Who wouldn’t? We’re here to clear this up once and for all, so you know just how long the effects of the CBD product you choose are going to last.
How Long the Effects of CBD Last: What You Need to Know
One of the first things to understand about how long the effects of CBD last is that CBD affects everyone differently. How long it takes to feel the effects and how long these effects are experienced depend a lot on the person that’s taking it.
That being said, there are a couple general things to keep in mind when determining just how long the effects of CBD will last.
If You’re New to CBD, Give it Some Time
If you’re new to CBD and you’re wondering how long the effects of CBD last, you’ll want to give your body some time to adjust to taking it. Many people just starting out on their CBD journey try it for the first time and think they’re going to immediately see extraordinary results, but this isn’t always how CBD works.
Maybe for some it does (and we love hearing these stories), but remember that CBD affects each person differently. It’s best to give your CBD regimen some time before determining how long various methods of administration work for you.
Method of Delivery Determines How Long it Takes to Feel the Effects of CBD and How Long the Effects of CBD Last
There are several different ways to take CBD, and the method of delivery you choose will ultimately determine how long the effects of CBD last. While there is the option of CBD flower that can be smoked or vaped in several medical marijuana dispensaries, most individuals who use CBD favor products made with CBD oil.
How long it takes CBD to work, as well as how long the effects last, differ depending on the administration method. As a general rule, how long the effects of CBD last will range between 2-8 hours.
Some of the most popular methods of CBD delivery (including how long it takes to feel the effects of each and how long these effects last) include:
Tinctures are one of the most popular methods of delivery. CBD tinctures are taken most effectively sublingually (under the tongue), where the CBD oil is held for approximately 60 seconds then swallowed. When it’s held under the tongue, the CBD oil is absorbed by the mucous membranes and then directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract, which allows for a quicker delivery.
It typically takes 20-30 minutes to feel the effects of a CBD tincture, and the effects are known to last between 4-6 hours.
CBD capsules are just taken just like a regular supplement. When CBD is ingested orally this way, it must first pass through the digestive system and then the liver, where CBD molecules are metabolized by various enzymes. This is something that reduces the concentration of CBD compounds that are then passed into the bloodstream. Because CBD must pass through both the digestive system and the liver, it takes longer to feel the effects.
It can take up to one hour to feel the effects of CBD capsules, which are known to last between 6-8 hours.
CBD edibles and beverages work much like CBD capsules. When CBD is consumed in the form CBD gummies or infused hard candies, chocolates, drinks or other edibles, it must pass through the digestive system and the liver. Many people who take CBD in the form of capsules, edibles or drinks prefer to do so on an empty stomach, which can reduce the time it takes for CBD to make its way through the digestive tract and be broken down by the liver.
Like capsules, it typically takes up to an hour to feel the effects of edibles or beverages, and the effects last between 4-6 hours.
CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin, and come in the form of lotions, creams, balms and salves. CBD topicals are excellent for providing localized relief in the affected area. They are designed to be applied directly to the skin, where they are then absorbed through the skin, bypassing the digestive tract completely. Research indicates the presence of an endocannabinoid system in the skin, which has been associated with several biological processes. Because CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin and bypass the digestive tract and liver, the effects can be felt much quicker than other delivery methods.
Generally, the effects of CBD topicals can be felt within 15-20 minutes and can last for up to 6 hours. Topicals are known to be the longest-lasting form of CBD administration.
Vaping CBD oil is known to be the quickest method of delivery. When you vape CBD, the alveoli, tiny air sacs in the lungs that allow for rapid gaseous exchange, quickly absorb the CBD you inhale. From here it quickly enters the bloodstream, where it then travels to various parts throughout the body.
The effects of vaping CBD are felt almost immediately, however, don’t last as long as other methods of delivery. The effects of vaping CBD are known to last around 2-3 hours.
How Much CBD Should You Take?
Now that you know how long the effects of CBD last, you might be wondering just how much CBD you should take to feel these desired effects. Remember, CBD affects everyone differently and dosages between individuals will vary tremendously. Like we mentioned before, the best thing you can do is give it some time.
When you first start taking CBD, it’s best to give your body time to adjust to something new. Start by slowly by taking a low serving size (5-10mg) and then work your way up over the course of a couple weeks until you hit that sweet spot and feel the relief you desire.
CBD works differently for everyone, which will ultimately determine how long the effects last for them personally. The method of administration also has a significant influence on how long the effects of CBD last. Generally speaking, depending on what type of CBD product you’re using, the effects will last between 2-8 hours.