Everything You Need to Know About Hemp Oil Tincture

What is a Hemp Oil Tincture?

If you’re new to hemp oil, you may be wondering what they are and what they can do for the body.

The active ingredient in a hemp oil tincture is cannabidiol (CBD), which is a natural chemical compound found in the oil. It interacts with and supports the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is extremely important for regulating processes in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system to keep the body in balance.

Another common ingredient in hemp oil tinctures is hempseed, which comes from pressed hemp seeds. It can be unrefined or cold pressed oil which looks clear light or dark green with a nutty flavor. When the oil looks darker, it will have a grassier flavor. Hemp oil should not be confused with hash oil. Hash oil is made from the Cannabis flower and has a different chemical makeup that causes psychoactive effects.

What Does it Look Like?

CBD hemp oil is a fairly dark liquid with an earthy flavor. It can stain clothing, so be careful.

Refined hempseed oil looks colorless and clear and it has little flavor and it lacks antioxidants and natural vitamins. Refined hempseed is normally used in beauty products. Industrial hemp seed is used in lubricants, plastics, fuel, inks, and paint. It can also be used in detergents, shampoos, and soaps. This oil has a high level of nutritional value, with omega 3 essential fatty acids and omega 6 in the perfect ratio required for the human body.

What is it Made Of?

A hemp oil tincture is made with oil that has been CO2 extracted from the industrial hemp plant. It’s non-psychoactive, legal in all 50 U.S. states, and has incredible properties that support the body.

While CBD hemp oil is the main ingredient, there’s usually one other base oil blended with it to make it a runnier consistency. The most common are, for obvious reasons, hemp seed oil. However, that oil does have a strong nutty flavor, so some companies use grapeseed or coconut oil instead. It’s completely up to personal preference which base ingredient you want since the most important thing is the CBD-rich hemp oil.

Regardless of what the hemp oil is mixed with, sometimes the flavor is still pretty earthy. That’s why some hemp oil tinctures have natural and organic flavors blended in, making the product much easier to take for some people.

What are the Benefits?

Hemp oil products are now sought out because of the high level of CBD. The oil has now started to appear on the shelves of specialty stores and health food stores after the growing awareness about its many benefits. There is no need to get a medical card for purchasing CBD products made from industrial hemp oil. This hemp oil comes from farms located in Kentucky and Colorado. Hemp oil from China is cheaper, but the purity may be questionable. We recommend making sure the hemp oil comes from a quality source and asking for a certificate of analysis (COA) from the manufacturer. A COA is a lab report from a cannabis testing facility, which shows a number of cannabinoids in the product.

Industrial hemp oil used in nutritional supplements, food, building materials, and textiles previously came from imported hemp oil. This was due to confusing caveats in the 2014 Farm Bill, which made it challenging to legally grow hemp in the U.S..

However, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, U.S. grown hemp oil is quickly becoming the new standard in CBD supplements. CBD can be found in all types of cannabis; whether it be hemp or marijuana. With hemp, you can enjoy CBD without the risk of a high. It’s important to note that CBD is CBD, no matter where it comes from. So CBD from one type of cannabis isn’t “better” than CBD from another type.

Hemp oil may be frozen for longer storage period. A hemp oil tincture does not use preservatives because it’s an oil —it will last a long time unless it’s mixed with other ingredients that cut the shelf life. Most manufacturers have a 1-year shelf life on their products when stored in a “cool, dry area.”

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com