CBD Oil Vs CBD Tinctures

CBD hemp oil

CBD is a therapeutic plant compound that has been hitting the US markets since its legalization in 2018. The compound is extracted from the plants belonging to the cannabis family. That said, hemp and marijuana, both belong to the cannabis family but Federal laws have taken a stance that hemp-derived CBD products only will be considered legal as per the regulations laid down by the US Farm Bill that led to the legalization of CBD.

A plethora of CBD options are available in the market and in this session, we discuss two popular CBD choices, CBD tinctures, and CBD oils.

Property CBD Tincture CBD Oil
Intake method Taken sublingually/added to edibles Taken sublingually/added to edibles
Price Less More
Taste Pleasant Unpleasant
Shelf life More Less
Spectrum options Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate
Versatility Low High


Both CBD tinctures and CBD oils are sourced from the hemp plants and the products have to maintain the level of THC strictly below 0.3%. If the THC content exceeds the 0.3% limit, the CBD product will be deemed illegal as per US law.


Although CBD tinctures and CBD oils have similar intake methods, they differ in terms of their ingredients. CBD tinctures have an alcohol base whereas CBD oils are oil-based products. Apart from the carrier oils and CBD extract, CBD oils do not have any ingredients whereas CBD tinctures have additional ingredients like vitamins, herbs, melatonin, sweeteners, etc.

Intake Method

The intake method CBD tinctures and oils are similar, as both are usually taken sublingually. In the sublingual method of intake, the tincture or oil is kept under the tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing it. The intake facilitates the direct entry of CBD into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes.

CBD tinctures and oils can also be added to edibles to prepare your edible favorites but be aware of the possibilities for the potency to get dampened due to high cooking temperatures.


CBD tincture is a tastier option than CBD oils, as the former has a hearty taste due to the addition of taste-enhancing agents while the latter tastes raw due to the lack of flavor enhancers. When taken sublingually, you have to tolerate the earthy taste of the CBD oil.


Bioavailability refers to the amount of CBD that reaches the bloodstream of a CBD user when they take a CBD product. The method of intake of CBD decides the bioavailability of the option. CBD tinctures and oils have similar intake methods indicating that the bioavailability values of the methods will be the same.

Sublingual method of intake is more bioavailable than CBD edibles, indicating that a higher percentage of CBD enters the bloodstream when you take CBD tinctures and CBD oils sublingually than when you add them to your edibles.


Potency refers to the amount of CBD contained in a CBD product. If two products have the amount of CBD per unit volume or weight of the product, they are said to have the same potency. If two products have varying potencies, the one with the higher potency will deliver higher levels of CBD  when compared to the other that has a lower potency.

CBD oils do not contain multiple additional ingredients like that of CBD tinctures. Hence CBD oils are more potent than CBD tinctures. Additional ingredients dampen the potency of the CBD product, meaning that the more the number of additional products, the lesser the potency.

Shelf Life

As CBD tinctures and CBD oils have different bases, their shelf lives will vary. Alcohol acts as a preservative. Hence CBD tinctures that have an alcohol base have a longer shelf life when compared to CBD oils.


The purity of extraction method, potency, etc determines the price of CBD tinctures and oils. Although the general price range of CBD tincture and CBD oil is almost the same, higher quality CBD oils cost more than CBD tinctures.

Low cost of extraction reduces the cost of CBD tinctures when compared to CBD oils that use expensive extraction methods like CO2 extraction.


CBD tinctures cannot be used for vaping because the alcohol base of tinctures is flammable. CBD oils are more versatile than CBD tinctures because the oils can be used inside capsules or can be converted to vape juices by adding thinning agents.

Spectrum Options

Three spectrum options in CBD are differentiated by their constituent compounds. Full-spectrum CBD has all hemp phytochemicals including active cannabinoids CBD, THC as well as several terpenes and other cannabinoids. The THC content in full-spectrum CBD is less than 0.3%.

Except for the fact that broad-spectrum CBD lacks THC, it is similar to full-spectrum CBD. CBD isolate is the third spectrum option characterized by the presence of CBD as its exclusive content.

CBD tinctures, as well as CBD oils, are available in all of these spectrum options.  Analyze all the important features of the CBD product to make sure it is pure and potent before picking a CBD product.