CBD cocktails are tasty, just a little bit indulgent and highly relaxing too. After all, you’re getting all the benefits of CBD alongside (hopefully a relatively modest amount) of alcohol.
But if you’re planning on making your own DIY CBD cocktail, it can be tricky to know how to make sure you’re adding the right amount of CBD – and how to go about adding it in the first place.
That’s where CBD tincture comes in. It’s easy to apply, fast-acting and – best of all – you can tightly control the dose.
On the flip side of this equation, if you’re wondering how to take your CBD tincture and not liking other options you’ve tried, cocktails might also be the answer you’ve been looking for.
You might just say, CBD tincture and cocktails are a match made in heaven…
What is CBD?
Better known by its acronym CBD, cannabidiol is one of the 113 organic compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
The density of each of these compounds you will find in any given cannabis plant will vary depending on the strain of cannabis you are looking at.
In cannabidiol’s case, you are likely to find some of the highest concentrations in hemp. This specific strain of cannabis is used for all kinds of purposes. And, as long as the THC (the other famous cannabinoid found in cannabis, and the one responsible for the psychoactive effect it produces) levels remain below 0.3%, it is legal in the US at the federal level.
That 0.3% is a bar which hemp almost always clocks in below.
What is CBD tincture used for?
People use tinctures of cannabidiol for all sorts of reasons. As yet, it isn’t recommended for any one specific condition. But people around the world use CBD for:
- Joint and muscle pain relief, for conditions such as arthritis
- Various kinds of anxiety
- Sleeping problems and insomnia
- Stress relief and relaxation
On top of this, a CBD tincture’s benefits include being fast-acting by comparison to other methods of ingestion, it being easy to measure the dosage you are getting and the number of different convenient ways you can get your daily dose of CBD (including, let’s not forget, delicious cocktails).
Do you swallow CBD tincture?
Not always. There are essentially two different ways to take a tincture of CBD:
Take your CBD tincture sublingually – this is the standard way to take a tincture. Using the pipette (which is usually supplied with any tincture), you place a few drops of the liquid beneath your tongue and let it sit for a short time. After around 30 seconds, it will pass through the membranes in your mouth and enter your bloodstream. Then you swallow anything that’s left.
Swallow your CBD tincture in a beverage or food – some people like to use their tincture when baking or cooking. Others use it as a topping for their favorite snacks or add it to a drink such as a cup of tea or coffee (or, in this case, a delicious cocktail).
How long does CBD tincture last?
The effects of a tincture may last anywhere from 2-6 hours. There are various factors which affect this. Not least:
- The quantity of CBD you consume
- The method you use to consume it (sublingually, in food or drink etc.)
- Your body’s tolerance to CBD
- Your size and weight
Most people will usually say that it takes around 20-30 minutes to notice the effects of CBD after consuming it. The effects will tend to last for longer when you take cannabidiol orally than it would if you had vaped or smoked it, for example.
How long does CBD tincture stay in your system?
If you take your CBD tincture orally and only in moderation, some studies have suggested that it remains in your system for somewhere between 24 and 48 hours. Others have suggested that it is has a half life of somewhere between 18 and 32 hours. This means that the quantity of CBD in your system will halve in that time.
There are many factors which will affect this. Possibly the most important is the fact that the cannabidiol molecule is fat-soluble. This means it gets stored within your fat cells.
Ergo, if you have more body fat, it’s likely that any CBD you ingest will hang around for longer. Likewise, if you exercise and burn off fat, you’re also likely to burn off some CBD.
The size of the dose you take may also be a factor, with higher doses staying in your body for longer. This is because it will take your liver longer to break it down.
As a rule, bank on CBD staying in your system for a couple of days.
What are the best CBD cocktails?
There aren’t any “traditional” CBD cocktails yet. But here are some ideas if you’re just starting out:
- Sherry, vermouth and other low-ABV spirits can create a greater calming effect when used in CBD cocktails
- Lower-ABV spirits also mean you can enjoy a couple of cocktails without worrying about the effects of alcohol the next day
- A pure tincture (such as K.I.N.D.’s natural flavor) has an earthy, green flavor which can work well with gin or amaro
- Gin contains terpenes which can make it a great cannabidiol cocktail ingredient
- Any floral or botanical cocktail recipes will probably work with cannabidiol
- Tequila, bourbon and even mezcal can make for strong, flavorful combinations
Where can I buy CBD tincture?
As with any cannabidiol you are taking into your body, you always want to do your best to ensure that it is of the highest quality possible. If you are making your own cocktails, this means only buying tinctures where you’ve read the label and are satisfied with what you’re getting.
For example, the label on K.I.N.D.’s 500mg CBD tincture will tell you that the cannabidiol inside has been refined from plants grown locally in American soil using natural, organic farming practices. It will also tell you precisely how much of this high-quality CBD it contains.
Always aim for quality and you’ll soon be enjoying CBD cocktails which are the perfect mix of relaxation and relief.