What Happens When You Combine a CBD Tincture and CBD Topical

If you’re a huge fan of CBD products, then you may have already tried a wide variety of the ones available these days. But you might be wondering if it’s worth combing the effects of your two favorite CBD products - tinctures and topicals. If so, read on to learn more before you mix and match CBD products.

by: Amy B. | 03/20/21 1:30PM


CBD Tinctures and CBD Topicals

So, you have fallen in love with CBD? And you are wondering if it is beneficial to combine multiple types of CBD products to achieve an even wider range of effects? Well, there are a few different things to consider before you start mixing and matching your CBD products on a regular basis.


Check the Label

You’ll want to follow some of the basics when it comes to purchasing CBD products. The best place to start is by checking the label of the CBD products you are looking at. These little tags can contain a wide range of information and the manufacturer’s website can usually offer even more information. It’s always best to do a bit of research, but we will also point you in the right direction of the key terms you are looking for.

CBD Topical in the top left and cbd tincture in the bottom right

Check the CBD Extract

One of the most important factors is how the CBD extract was created and where the hemp plant was sourced from. Be sure to look into if the product contains a CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD extract, or full-spectrum CBD extract. Each will contain a varying range of natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found in the hemp plant. Most CBD products will contain hemp plant extract, but you should keep an eye out for the variants if you’re looking for pure CBD. A full-spectrum or broad-spectrum hemp plant extract may also offer additional benefits due to the phenomenon called the “entourage effect” though.

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Check the Manufacturer's Website

You will also want to look into where the product manufacturer sourced the hemp plant, to make sure that it was grown free of toxins or other potential contaminants. If you’re looking to use CBD for medical purposes this is especially important. It’s also important to consult your medical provider before adding CBD to your regular routine. CBD can interfere with some common pharmaceutical medicines, especially those with the grapefruit warning, and it’s best to double-check instead of taking a gamble.

After you have done your research though then you can take a look more into the potential benefits of combining multiple types of CBD products. The most obvious combination to start with might be ingesting CBD and applying it topically since both products interact with your body in different ways. Although they both interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body, one only goes skin deep while the other is swallowed completely.


What Does a CBD Tincture Do?

People are taking CBD tinctures for a variety of reasons, but some of the popular ones include the fact that it is easy to dose higher doses of CBD with a tincture than other common CBD products. A bottle of CBD tincture can contain as much CBD as 20 chocolate bars, with no added sugar. When taken sublingually, a CBD tincture is absorbed into your bloodstream and digestive track quickly and offers long-lasting effects. On average, a tincture can kick in in as little as thirty minutes and lasts as long as six hours. CBD is taken for a variety of reasons, but those who take it in tincture form usually are looking for relief from insomnia, digestive issues, pain, anxiety, and much more.

What Does a CBD Topical Do?

Those who prefer CBD topicals normally are only looking for relief that is skin deep. When CBD is applied as a topical, it still interacts with your endocannabinoid system, but it is believed that it interacts with different receptors than when CBD enters your bloodstream with ingestion. Many find that a CBD salve can relieve sore muscles and a CBD balm can help as an anti-inflammatory for skin irritations or chapped lips. People also have been known to use it for arthritis pain relief or for other types of sore joints.

CBD lotion and CBD Tincture with a plus sign in the middle and text saying combine them!

What Happens When You Combine the Two?

So, if CBD topicals and CBD tinctures work with the endocannabinoid system in slightly different ways, is it safe to combine the two? Well, we would definitely recommend checking with your doctor first, but there are no known cases of people being sick from taking too much CBD. But you should consider how each product delivers effects to your body and how those combinations might make you feel. You should follow the dosing instructions carefully and be sure to slowly but gradually build-up to the optimal dose of CBD for you. Everybody is unique and it might take a bit of experimenting and tracking in order to get there, but it will be well worth it in the end.

You should also consider what other ingredients are included in the products you are taking. CBD topicals will often contain other soothing products like coconut oil or shea butter. CBD tinctures are normally stripped down to the basics of CBD hemp plant extract and an alcohol or oil base. But sometimes manufacturers add a hint of peppermint oil to improve the flavor. Or they will add other plant terpenes that are known to cause drowsiness. These other ingredients will work in different ways with your body and provide potentially beneficial effects alongside CBD.

Combining a CBD tincture and CBD topical might be the perfect match for you if you’re a regular runner. The combination can potentially relieve sore muscles and make your recovery from the run more effective since you can sleep deeper. Always check with your doctor first though and do your research! Then try combining a CBD tincture and topical the next time you are looking for multi-faceted relaxation or relief.

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