Everything you need to know about CBD dyes
With the rise of CBD products, numerous cannabidiol extraction processes have emerged, resulting in different CBD concentrate products. In addition to CBD oil we can find the CBD tinctures that are used in a similar way and to obtain the same benefits. Their similarity in shape and format (in small bottles with pipette for dosing in drops) often leads to mixing both terms indiscriminately. However, CBD oil and dyes are different products. In this article we will tell you everything you need to know about CBD dyes so that you can assess which product is best for your intended use.
What is CBD?
CBD, whose scientific name is cannabidiol, is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids contained in cannabis. It is extracted from industrial hemp or its close relative, the marijuana plant.
Although the cannabis plant has hundreds of active compounds called cannabinoids, CBD is only exceeded by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in prevalence.
Industrial hemp is grown mainly for its fibrous stalks which have many applications in the textile industry, as well as hemp seed oil which is used for cooking and as a skin care, antibacterial and analgesic remedy.
Although THC and CBD are usually derived from the cannabis plant, they are not the same. A difference of THC which is known by the “colocón”, difference of CBD has no psychoactive properties and is appreciated by its therapeutic value.
What are CBD dyes?
CBD tincture is a cannabis extract that is produced by infusing high-CBD hemp flowers in a solution of water and alcohol for months. Some dye manufacturers use other types of solvents such as vinegar or glycerine, but in medicine, the term dye is associated with ethanol as a solvent and this is preferred as it is capable of absorbing much more cannabidiol.
What are the differences between CBD oils and dyes?
Although for both oil and dyes the concept is the same (isolate and concentrate the cannabinoid CBD from the rest of the plant) these products are not the same. Both are derived from hemp and are high in CBD, but because they have been extracted differently, if consumed in the same way they result in different bioavailability. While most CBD oils are extracted using a supercritical CO2 extraction method, the extraction method for CBD in dyes is somewhat more rudimentary. This results in a lower concentration of cannabidiol. In fact, you can safely make your own CBD tinctures at home by following simple tutorials found online.
CBD tinctures, being diluted in alcohol, pass into the bloodstream earlier and more easily than oils. Ethanol (alcohol) is used on the one hand to increase bioavailability (sublingually) and on the other hand to improve its preservation. Tinctures are not usually used to apply them to the skin as their alcoholic base can damage the skin. However, CBD oils are ideal for taking advantage of the benefits of cannabidiol in its topical use in massages, relaxing creams, anti-inflammatory cures and as a skin moisturizer.
If you plan to enrich your recipes with CBD the big difference between oil and CBD tinctures is its solubility. CBD oil is soluble in lipids and fats like other oils and butters and tallows of animal origin. In contrast, CBD tinctures will only be water-soluble so they are ideal for adding to your drinks.
In addition, CBD tinctures usually contain aromas to improve taste and palatability. For this reason they are ideal for animals and children. CBD oils, if they are full spectrum, usually have a slightly bitter and earthy taste.
The advantage of CBD tinctures is undoubtedly their easy and prolonged preservation. Having an alcoholic base, they can be kept for years with all their properties intact. In the case of the CBD you can store it for up to one year in a place where it is not directly exposed to light and is not exposed to sudden changes in temperature. Visit our guide to
how to preserve your CBD oil in the best conditions
The price of CBD dyes and oils does not vary. It only depends on the concentration of cannabidiol in the dose for both products.
After having analyzed both products we hope you will be able to choose the one that best suits your needs. Here is a summary of the most important things to consider if you are still undecided:
Choose oil instead of CBD dye if
- If you want to administer CBD topically – the alcoholic base of the tinctures does not allow you to dilute them into your favorite massage oils. In addition, it can damage the skin or wounds where you want to apply CBD.
- You are an alcoholic or have some kind of problem with alcohol: Alcohol is the base of the tinctures so, although the dose is very small, it is an alcoholic product that can put your health at risk.
- If you’re looking for the fastest and easiest way to consume.
Choose a CBD dye if
- You can’t stand the taste of the oils – the tinctures come flavored to increase their palatability which makes them perfect for children and pets (or for you if the oil is too bitter)
- If you intend to store it for a long time or take it to places where it will get the sun or be exposed to sudden temperature changes – CBD tinctures because of their alcoholic base conserve much better than oils.
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