When people enter the world of CBD products, some get overwhelmed with the variety of choices they are presented with. 

There are CBD oils, CBD e-liquids for vaping, tinctures, edibles like gummy bears, different topicals and beauty products like creams, foams, gels, lotions, and ointments, as well as pet products like treats and supplements.

So how do you choose?

One could argue that the most popular products are the CBD oils and CBD tinctures because they are the cleanest and purest forms of CBD. So, to give a hand to all of you who are in the middle of the CBD oil vs tincture dilemma, let’s talk about some of the major features of both products. 

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is made up of CBD extracted from the high-CBD, low-THC cannabis plant (or industrial hemp) and carrier oil. Carrier oils or base oils (like hemp seed oil, coconut oil or MCT oil) are used to dilute the CBD and make it easier for the body to digest it and increase its bioavailability or the amount of absorbed CBD successfully.

CBD oils usually have high concentrations of CBD in them, compared to other products and levels of CBD which differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. 


Because of the form, CBD oils are easy to consume orally or sublingually, and you can add them to foods that use oil or butter. Regarding the flavor and consistency, CBD oils are smooth and have a specific, mild, earthy taste. Also, you can apply CBD oil to the skin or topically, which is why it’s added to moisturizers, balms, and similar skin products. 

Some CBD oils are very strong and potent and users only have to take a few teaspoons a day. It is also important to mention that since CBD is extracted from a low-THC strain, CBD oils do not have a psychoactive effect.

What is a CBD tincture?

A CBD tincture is made by putting the cannabis plant into an alcohol and water mixture which is then heated for a certain amount of time to extract the CBD. Therefore, alcohol is the carrier in tinctures and users who are sensitive to alcohol might opt for CBD oil instead. 

Typically, tinctures also contain additional ingredients, herbs, vitamins, flavors, sweeteners, and essential oils that improve their taste and make them more consumable for users of all ages, but they also come unflavored. 

The alcohol base extends the shelf life of CBD tinctures and also enhances the absorption rate of CBD.


Primarily, it’s used it by putting it under the tongue (sublingually), which allows the body to better absorb and metabolize the CBD in a two-step way (first through the membrane in your mouth and then your digestive system). And since it’s also water-soluble, people consume it by adding it to beverages and food

Tinctures come with a dropper which makes dosing tinctures easy and, as with CBD oils, the concentrations of CBD in tinctures can vary depending on the producer. 

It’s not recommended to use tinctures on your skin because the additional ingredients may cause irritation.

Compared to CBD oils, CBD tinctures usually have less CBD which makes them less expensive. One thing that makes both products less convenient to use on the go is the fact that the containers may leak because of the products’ liquid form.

Which one to choose: CBD oil or tincture?

All in all, in the CBD oil vs CBD tincture comparison, it comes down to your personal preference and what works best for you. 

You might want to use the CBD oil directly if you’re OK with the taste, or opt for a flavored CBD tincture if you want a tastier form of taking CBD.

The good thing about both is that they contain the purest form of CBD out there, but since growing industrial hemp and extracting CBD are both costly processes, good quality CBD oils and tinctures are priced accordingly. 

Thanks to the oil and alcohol bases, users easily ingest and absorb the CBD from these products and the effects are very often felt faster unlike with edibles or other CBD products. 

What’s your favorite CBD product and why? Is it CBD oil or tincture? 

Let us know in the comments below!

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