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CBD Tinctures vs CBD Edibles: What's right for you?

Given these times, as a result of COVID-19, we are all spending a lot more time at home and while that might be challenging, we’ve seen a surge in interest in people creating health and wellness regimens that support a self-care lifestyle:

There are apps for meditation and calm, adjustments to diet, increased interest in herbal remedies, and many products that make false promises they aid in reducing your anxiety.

CBD Infusion

Cannabidiol or CBD for short (much easier to say, right?) is the ingredient trend that is now being infused into many health and beauty products in addition to their sale as stand-alone products. 

CBD may have many health and wellness benefits for those interested in natural alternatives to addressing some of their wellness needs. CBD is not addictive and unlike its cousin, THC (AKA marijuana, the cannabis plant), it is not psychoactive, so you won’t get “high” from it. CBD is one of the many active compounds found in the hemp plant, the cannabis plant’s conservative cousin, which naturally contains extremely low levels of THC, (less than 0.3%).

It has been adapted to be used in many different ways we see today by CBD companies online, and by many retail giants with private label CBD products. With so many options in this cluttered marketplace, it can be hard to decide which one may be right for you.

Make Sure CBD is Right for You

First and foremost, it’s important to consult with your health care practitioner to ensure that CBD is right for you. 

It’s also essential to choose wisely when selecting the CBD product, you intend to purchase. If the CBD company you are considering promises to treat or cure any of your medical challenges, they are lying, and you should move on, as companies that do so are in violation of current federal regulations and should be suspect in all areas of their product and business practices. If they don’t clearly label the ingredients in the product, keep searching. If they don’t have third-party lab results from an independent third-party lab, don’t buy them.

And look for companies that provide “full panel” lab reports for safety (absence of pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, and other biologic contaminants), and not just a CBD potency test.

Use High-Quality CBD

Once you’ve found a trusted company, with products grown in the US, that controls the process from the seed in the ground to the product in your hands, has reviews from a trusted outside source that is verified, has lab reports that can be accessed by their site or via the QR code on the label, and believes in their products enough to offer you a 30-day risk-free guarantee, you are set.

The next hurdle is deciding which consumption method you prefer. When choosing between CBD tinctures and CBD gummies, there are some factors to think about because they are not the same. Understanding the differences between them may help you choose what’s best for you.

The Mystery of CBD

CBD is a mystery compound that is enlightening us daily. While it has been around for centuries and used in cultures across the globe for a host of natural remedies, we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what seems to be infinite possibilities of its powers for humans and pets today. 

CBD was discovered as a component compound in the hemp and marijuana plant in the early 1990s and eventually patented 10 years later by the US government for its potential medicinal purposes. Scientists are conducting studies to assess its ability to aid in treating many challenges humans and pets have today, and the pace of such studies has accelerated in recent years given the protection afforded researchers under the Farm Bills of 2014 and 2018.

Trusted CBD Source

At High Falls Hemp NY, we evangelize truth and disclosure about CBD and its potential benefits. It’s important to recognize that it may provide some with the results they desire as a natural alternative to over the counter and prescription medications, but not for all. 

While there are some studies that have confirmed its ability to support wellness, nothing is concrete, and we look forward to the many studies on the horizon.

Anecdotally, we can share that customers across the world that use CBD have found it to be helpful in helping with stress, inflammation, chronic discomfort in muscles and joints, and many other challenges. These testimonials include both humans and pet owners.

The reality is that CBD is everywhere. It’s in beauty products to improve skincare and aid in acne, topical lotions to soothe sore muscles and joints, and many more. There are tinctures, softgels, gummies, powders, and the list goes on.

Tinctures vs Edibles

If you are trying to understand what the difference is between a CBD tincture and an edible CBD product, such as softgels or gummies, we can help. 

Both tinctures and softgels and gummies are discreet methods for using CBD, unlike smoking or vaping (which we recommend against – bad for the lungs). Tinctures, softgels, and gummies have longer lasting, and consistently sustained effects.

So, what is right for you, a tincture, or an edible?

Both CBD tinctures and CBD softgels and gummies are a great entry point when trying CBD for those looking to experiment. Softgels and gummies, unlike tinctures, allow for a more controlled amount.

Considering CBD

One thing to consider when deciding between a CBD tincture and a CBD gummy is, “How quickly do you want it to work?”

  1. If you are looking for instant gratification, then the liquid form is the way to go. The sublingual method of ingestion of CBD tinctures does not require a metabolic breakdown (in your digestive tract), therefore the active CBD reaches its destination faster in the body. On average, it takes about 5 to 60 minutes from sublingual absorption in the mucous membrane under the tongue to onset with this method. This can vary based on your height and weight and your body’s sensitivity to CBD and its transportation system.
  2. With oral consumption, softgels and gummies first need to be broken down in the digestive system, then metabolized through the liver, and eventually work their way into the bloodstream to be circulated through your body. The average time from ingestion to onset may be about forty-five minutes to a few hours, depending on the efficiency of your digestive system and if you have an empty stomach when you take CBD in an edible form. Again, this too can vary based on height and weight.

CBD Delivery System

Then there is the matter of effectiveness via sublingual absorption (tinctures) vs going through your digestive system:

For greater effectiveness, the sublingual application is the way to go as one has much greater absorption into the body through your mouth lining than through your digestive system.

Favoring the use of edibles is the convenience factor. Both softgels and gummies are easier to take on the go, and consume discreetly, while tinctures require holding the CBD oil under your tongue for 60 seconds, as the longer one holds the CBD oil in one’s mouth, the more efficient will be its absorption into the body.

As well, the edible product should contain a consistent amount of CBD in every unit, unlike tinctures which need to be measured each time you take it.

Lastly, for those with a sweet tooth, they will like the taste and flavor of gummies. Ideally, the gummies you choose aren’t made with corn syrup and only contain natural flavors. Some say they prefer the taste of a gummy over a tincture but there are no advantages other than the time it takes. Softgels on the other hand are just swallowed and there is no taste.

CBD All in All

While both methods will get you the desired effect, we believe, hands down, the CBD tincture is a more efficient way to ingest CBD that is fast-acting, with slightly higher perceived absorption. At present, there are no independent studies we can find that support the efficiency of one method over the other, but we are sure that is coming soon.

The good thing about High Falls Hemp NY CBD tinctures, softgels, and gummies is that they are high potency and premium quality so you can’t go wrong. If you aren’t sure and want to try them both, we offer a CBD Mini Tincture perfect for sampling and a 4-pack of CBD gummies in two all-natural flavors to try. 

All of our products are triple lab tested, have verified customer reviews, and are loved by thousands. You don’t have to take our word for it. Try them for yourself. We’re sure you will like them, and we offer a 30-day risk-free trial.

Whichever way you choose to go – we know you’ll be satisfied.