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CBD Tinctures vs. Oils | What's Best for You?

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

As you explore the worlds of CBD and THC, you’ll likely try a few delivery methods before you find the best one for you. From smoking the taking edibles, there are quite a few ways to find the relief you’re seeking. Because the delivery method can alter the strength of the effects, it’s important to understand the differences between various ways of taking CBD.

CBD Oils vs. CBD Tinctures

CBD oils and CBD Tinctures can both be taken sublingually—dropped under the tongue. The terms are often used interchangeably, but there are several key differences.

CBD Oils

To create CBD oil, CBD isolate is extracted from the plant, then combined with a carrier oil, like avocado, olive, or MCT oil. The carrier oil improves your body’s ability to digest CBD and makes measuring doses easier.

CBD oils are commonly taken sublingually, which allows users to feel the relaxing effects of CBD faster. Users can also cook with oils or add them to beverages. Some CBD oils can be used topically, but always check the product label or talk to the manufacturer before trying this delivery method.

CBD Tinctures

CBD tinctures combine the extracted CBD with an alcohol base or an alcohol-water base. To improve flavor and add additional health benefits, manufacturers sometimes add flavorings, herbs, or supplements.

Like CBD oils, tinctures are also dripped under the tongue and can be added to your favorite food and drink.

Differences Between CBD Tinctures and Oils

Beyond their creation methods, there are a few other differences between CBD oils and tinctures.


CBD tinctures usually contain added ingredients or flavors to mask their bitterness. Oils boast an earthier, hemp-like flavor.


CBD oil typically goes bad after a year or two, while tinctures can last longer than 5 years. Both should be stored with their lids properly on, away from direct sunlight, and in a low-humidity environment to maximize their lifespans.

Availability and Price

CBD oils are generally less expensive and more readily available than tinctures. However, with a trusted CBD and THC partner, like Biotanica, you can explore a wide selection of both.

Shop the Biotanica CBD store online, or check out our product guides and blog to learn more.

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