CBD Oil vs CBD Tincture – What’s the Difference?

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There’s a constant flood of information regarding CBD uses and products coming from different websites, news outlets, and medical publications. It’s easy to become confused, or never really understand any significant information about CBD at all. In this article, we’re going to be discussing the differences between CBD, CBD oil, and the commonly misunderstood CBD tincture.

As an entirely new market has emerged for CBD and CBD products, there’s been an influx of commercial opportunities, product development, and CBD marketing. For someone with a general interest in CBD, the whole new world of CBD uses and products can be very confusing. So, let’s dive in.

CBD: The Basics

What is CBD? For a quick review – CBD stands for ‘cannabidiol’ which is an active ingredient in the cannabis plant. CBD is a naturally occurring compound, which is mostly cultivated from hemp. 

Hemp is a Cannabis sativa plant that has 0.3 percent or less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD is cultivated for both medicinal and recreational uses. Since the Farm Bill was passed in 2018, CBD has been recognized as a federally legal substance in all 50 states. Only three states — South Dakota, Nebraska, and Idaho — have banned the sale of CBD. 

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Because of its effectiveness and ease of use, CBD oil has emerged as one of the most talked-about CBD products available.

CBD oil is extracted from the hemp leaves, stalks, flowers, and seeds. It is one of the most potent and expensive CBD-based products – as it’s a pure extract that is not diluted with many other carriers. It’s become popular in cooking and baking recipes as well. 

The higher quality CBD oils the less likely to be overly-diluted with other oils such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil. Some carrier oils are necessary to make CBD oil easier to digest, but scam artists will use ONLY hemp seed oil or some other concoction without any CBD oil in it, and they’ll market it as CBD oil for sale.

CBD Tincture 

The definition of “tincture” from the Merriam and Webster’s dictionary reads:

“a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent.”

So basically, a CBD tincture is CBD that is mixed with, sustained by, and suspended in alcohol. 

Tinctures of any kind are almost always kept in small glass reservoirs, with an eyedropper included as a disbursement vessel. 

Differences Between CBD Tincture and CBD Oil


Unlike CBD Oil, a CBD tincture will have less concentration of CBD. CBD tinctures include more substances than CBD oil. Within a tincture, the CBD is joined with essential vitamins, herbs, melatonin, essential oils, and sweeteners. Because of this, there is a lower concentration of CBD in a CBD tincture. 


Because CBD tinctures include ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, they comparatively have a much longer shelf-life than CBD oil. The alcohol within the tinctures does an excellent job of sustaining the mixture and integrity of the CBD. 


CBD oil is typically slightly more expensive than CBD tinctures – generally speaking. But, with any CBD product, the cost depends on the quality, potency, extractions methods, and sustainability practices.

Methods of Ingestion

CBD oil is typically taken using a vaporizing device or being incorporated in cooking or baking recipes. But, CBD oil does have an unpleasant taste to the tongue, and it can leave an oily residue feeling in the mouth. 

CBD tincture on the other hand can have a variety of pleasant flavors. Because CBD tinctures are mixed with alcohol, essential oils, and other naturally occurring flavor additives, the taste is thought of as a nice experience. Most often, CBD tinctures are taken by orally, by placing some droplets of the liquid under the tongue. 

What Do You Prefer: CBD Tincture or CBD Oil?

Both CBD oil and CBD tincture have differences as far as production methods, price, taste, and consumption methods. But, for anyone looking to enjoy the health & wellness benefits of CBD – both are excellent options. 

Please reach out to us with any questions regarding CBD laws, products, and practices.

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