What is the Difference Between CBD Tinctures, Edibles, and Topicals?

What is the Difference Between CBD Tinctures, Edibles, and Topicals?

You’ve likely come across these terms when browsing for CBD products: tinctures, edibles, and topicals. What exactly are these products, and what are the differences between the three?

Since hemp and hemp-derived compounds were federally legalized with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the CBD industry has exploded with all sorts of products. Whether you’re a long-time consumer or a CBD novice, you may find yourself overwhelmed by confusing terminology and somewhat obscure product labels. Have no fear – we’re here to help!

 What are CBD tinctures?

A tincture is a liquid extract that delivers a concentrated dose of herbal compounds. Tinctures are typically made by soaking herbs or herbal mixtures in a solvent such as high-proof alcohol or vegetable glycerin, then filtering out any plant matter to produce an infused liquid.

Hemp-derived CBD tinctures offer a simple, versatile way to consume your daily dose of CBD. Tinctures are most commonly packaged in a bottle with a dropper top, and they are typically small enough to fit into a purse, backpack, or other travel bag. As such, tinctures are a great option for on-the-go consumers.

Arguably, tinctures function as either edibles or topicals depending on the user. Some take the oral route, dropping the liquid under the tongue or adding it to their morning coffee or a healthy smoothie. Others prefer to rub tinctures into their skin to treat dermatological or subcutaneous afflictions. Whichever your preference, tinctures are one of the most versatile modes of CBD ingestion!


What are CBD edibles?

Hemp-derived CBD edibles are exactly what they sound like CBD products that are made to be eaten. Edibles can take many forms, some of the most popular being gummies, chocolates, and cookies.

CBD edibles are made either by cooking raw hemp flowers into the desired food product or by adding CBD tinctures or oils to the food at some point during the cooking process. Unlike edibles of the past, modern companies emphasize yummy flavors that mask the hemp taste that many find undesirable.

Edibles are similar to tinctures in that they can both be consumed orally. Because they both undergo the digestive process before entering the bloodstream and inducing the positive benefits of CBD, the effects can be long-lasting and quite potent.

Edibles are a great option for consumers looking for a discreet CBD product that’s easy to take on the go. They also make CBD a fun, tasty part of your daily routine. We love these orange-flavored gummies from Bee’s Knees Wellness because they offer 25 mg of Full Spectrum CBD per delicious gummy!


What are CBD topicals?

Topical hemp-derived CBD products are made to be applied to the skin, whether to treat skin problems or to target musculoskeletal issues just beneath the surface. Topicals may help improve signs of acne, eczema, or psoriasis, as well as muscular pain, spasms, or weakness.

Infused with cannabinoids, topicals are designed to absorb CBD into the body through the epidermal layer and typically come in the form of balms, salves, lotions, or soaking solutions.

Most studies suggest that topically ingested cannabinoids do not enter the bloodstream. As such, psychoactive compounds like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in Full Spectrum CBD products should not produce a high. However, if failing to pass a THC-sensitive drug test concerns you, you may wish to steer clear of Full Spectrum products containing a maximum of 0.3% THC and opt for Broad Spectrum or Isolate CBD products instead.

Topical CBD can be a calming, relaxing experience. We love this salve from Bee’s Knees Wellness to target sore muscles after a long day. It can also be combined with your favorite lotions or oils for a soothing massage!


Which products are right for me?

With so many innovative CBD products on the market, it can be hard to make a selection. Focus on your unique health needs and wellness goals when choosing your ideal products.

For example, if you’re battling chronically chapped lips, opt for a topical CBD-infused balm like this Lip Goo from Bee’s Knees Wellness. If gut pain or insomnia wears you down, long-lasting edibles may be your best bet. Or, if you have a range of ailments you’d like to treat, versatile tinctures may be your friend.

 Everyone’s wellness journey looks different, and there’s no right or wrong answer for how you should pursue health. When incorporating the many benefits of CBD into your health routine, the best advice anyone can offer is to experiment with different products until you find what works best for you. Whether you choose tinctures, edibles, topicals, or a combination of the three, we hope you find the relief you deserve.

time Nov 16, 2023

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