CBD Oil VS CBD Tinctures – What Should You Know?

CBD oil and CBD tincture

Whatever be the intake method you prefer, a number of product options will be available in the list of CBD products customized for your particular needs. CBD oils and CBD tinctures are two popular CBD products that can be used as standalone products or are added to traditional edibles.

In this session, we make a comparison between CBD oils and CBD tinctures that are used to treat a number of medical conditions including severe headaches.

Property CBD Oil CBD Tincture
Ingredients CBD extract and carrier oil CBD extract, alcohol and flavoring agents
Intake method Sublingual/added to edibles Sublingual/added to edibles
Taste Less pleasant Pleasant
Shelf life Less More
Production method CO2 or hydrocarbon extraction CO2 or ethanol extraction


Except from the CBD extract mixed with suitable carrier oils like MCT oil or coconut oil, CBD oil has very few ingredients contributing to its appreciable potency. Additional ingredients can dampen the potency of CBD oil at least by some amount. Carrier oils or base oils are used in CBD oils to increase the ease with which body digests CBD oil. Base oil is usually a mixture of the following:

  • Coconut oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Grapeseed oil

CBD tinctures have alcohol base and they usually come with extra flavors to mask the raw taste of CBD, but the additional ingredients decrease the CBD concentration in the tincture even though they give an appealing taste to the tincture. Some of the extra ingredients added in CBD tinctures are:

  • Melatonin for sleep
  • Vitamins like B3,B12,D,C and E
  • Sweeteners
  • Water emulsifiers like lecithin and polysorbate

Production Methods

The most commonly used extraction method in the manufacture of CBD oil is carbon dioxide or hydrocarbon extraction. CO2 method of extraction that guarantees high level of purity uses carbon dioxide in the supercritical state to extract CBD from hemp plant. Hydrocarbon extraction requires passing the hemp plant material through a suitable hydrocarbon solvent like ethanol to collect essential cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material.

CBD tinctures are made using ethanol extraction and CO2 extraction methods. In ethanol extraction, the plant material is soaked in ethanol to extract the essential plant compounds. When compared to extraction methods using hydrocarbon solvents like butane, ethanol extraction is safer, as the solvent has a non-toxic nature.

Intake Method

CBD oils and tinctures are famous as sublingual CBD products although they can be consumed using other intake methods too. In sublingual mode of consumption, the oil or tincture is placed under the tongue for about a minute prior to swallowing it, so that the CBD gets absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucus membranes.

CBD oils and tinctures can also be added into edibles to prepare a number of CBD edibles, but take a note of the fact that higher cooking temperatures can dampen the potency of the CBD oil and tincture. Sublingual method of intake has higher bioavailability when compared to edible CBD products because, in the case of edibles, CBD has to bypass the liver prior to its absorption into the bloodstream. In the case of sublingual intake, CBD is directly introduced into the bloodstream through the mucus membranes.


Whatever be the CBD product you choose, its dosage depends on a number of factors including:

  • Severity of the medical condition you are treating
  • Body weight
  • Method of intake

Even though there are hardly any chances to overdose on CBD, it is advisable to start using CBD with low doses and increase the dosage gradually. Severe conditions like cancer and epilepsy usually require higher dosages when compared with milder conditions.

The bioavailability of the consumption method too plays a crucial role in deciding the dosage of the CBD product. If you take CBD oil or tincture sublingually, higher levels of CBD gets into your bloodstream when compared with taking edibles infused with CBD oil or tincture. Hence, higher dosages are required when you take CBD sublingually than when you take CBD edibles.

Shelf Life

The ingredients in a CBD product determine its shelf life. CBD oils are made using oil carrier as the base while CBD tinctures are made using ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol as its base. Alcohol has a preservative nature that contributes to the shelf life of CBD tinctures. When compared to CBD oils, CBD tinctures have longer shelf life

To prolong the shelf life of both, you have to take proper care about its storage. Exposure to light, air and heat can induce the breakdown of CBD and reduce its shelf life. Make sure to store CBD oils and tinctures in dry and cool locations that are away from direct light.


CBD extract has an earthy taste that many find unappealing. As CBD oils do not contain any additional taste enhancing ingredients they will retain the raw taste of the CBD extract making its oral consumption a bit less appealing. Tinctures, on the other hand come with added ingredients that enhance its taste. Thus, they will taste better than CBD oils when consumed orally.

Make sure to compare all the parameters of CBD oils and tinctures before you choose between them so that you get the best CBD experience.