If you live in Colorado, odds are you know a thing or two about CBD oil. This natural health remedy has gained a lot of attention in recent years, as more and more people are discovering the benefits of CBD oil for a range of different health conditions, as well as for preventive health care. At The CBD Store in Loveland, Greeley, and Pekin, we have a diverse selection of CBD products for sale, including CBD tinctures, topicals, edibles, and more — we even have CBD for pets! Stop by our CBD shop today or check out our natural CBD products online, and continue reading to learn the main differences between CBD oil tinctures and CBD topicals.
CBD tinctures are CBD in its purest form: CBD oil. When CBD is extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant, it is isolated from other cannabinoids, such as THC (the compound that produces a “high”). Once extracted and isolated, cannabidiol is then mixed with MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides), which contain the fatty acids that allow the body to absorb, store, and metabolize CBD oil in the fat cells. In this way, pure CBD oil becomes bioavailable, meaning that it can be used by the body to repair its internal systems, rather than simply being flushed out. These tinctures also contain what is referred to as full-spectrum CBD oil, meaning that it can treat a number of symptoms throughout the body.
CBD tinctures come in the form of a bottle and dropper. The correct way to ingest CBD oil from a tincture is to squeeze the rubber end of the dropper and release it in the oil so it fills up to the full dosage line. Then, open your mouth and squeeze the CBD oil under your tongue, letting it sit for a minute or two before swallowing. This is called sublingual administration, which is one of the most effective ways to ensure that CBD oil makes it into the bloodstream so it can be stored in the fat cells for use.
CBD topicals are, in a way, the opposite of CBD tinctures. They are for external use only and come in the form of CBD lotions, CBD salves, CBD bath bombs, and other topical applications. Whereas CBD tinctures contain full-spectrum CBD oil, CBD topicals also treat localized pain and discomfort when applied to a specific area. Say you have a torn muscle or arthritic joints, for example. A CBD lotion or salve would provide immediate pain relief to the muscle or joint without having to be ingested orally, and it usually contains other therapeutic ingredients, such as arnica, peppermint, and camphor.
Administering CBD topicals is easy — all you have to do is rub the lotion or salve on the target area for it to start working. CBD oil has therapeutic, pain-relieving properties, making it a great natural treatment option for athletes and people in recovery after surgery. If you’re looking for natural pain and symptom relief for a specific muscle or joint, CBD topicals are a great choice.