CBD vs Herbal Tinctures for Stress Relief: What You Need To Know

Jan 05, 2023

By: Casie Giroux

With the legalization of cannabis products happening across the nation, it’s easy to find them in stores or to purchase online. CBD products in particular can be legally purchased in all states – as long as they hemp-derived and contain less than 0.3% THC. You may already use CBD products as part of your wellness routine for things like stress management, or it may be newer to you. Below, I’m answering your questions about what CBD is, important things to know about CBD, and considerations for taking CBD versus herbal tinctures. 



What is CBD exactly? 

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is one of hundreds of different compounds found within the cannabis sativa plant. It is a cannabinoid compound which directly interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. The endocannabinoid system regulates many of our main bodily functions such as learning, pain control, and inflammatory response. CBD is not considered psychoactive like the other most common cannabinoid compound: THC. 


How is CBD typically used?

CBD can be a powerful form of herbal medicine supporting people with depression, anxiety, pain, and chronic disease. But it is not free of possible side effects and complications. There is also little research regarding the long term use of isolated CBD products, while the herbs within Apothékary’s newest tincture, Take the Edge Off, for instance, have hundreds of years of traditional use data.  


Are there downsides to CBD versus an herbal tincture? 

There are a lot of “bad” CBD products out there. Many companies are not transparent about the source and extraction method of their CBD. There is also little regulation, and studies have found inaccurate labeling of products. Lastly, a lot of CBD products are not full spectrum – meaning they are isolating compounds instead of keeping the plant in its whole form. When you isolate compounds, you are creating more of a drug-like product instead of taking a plant in its whole form with all of its phytochemicals intact and working in synergy together. With Apothékary’s Take the Edge Off tincture, the herbs are fully extracted but in their whole form with all of the medicinal compounds working together to calm the nervous system. 


In addition to herbs working best in their full form, they also work well in synergy with each other. Take the Edge Off contains a variety of nervines that balance and work together to benefit our nervous and other body systems in a multitude of ways. When taking a CBD product, you are only getting the benefits of that individual herb and oftentimes that individual cannabinoid only.  

Can I use cannabis and Take the Edge Off together? 

Absolutely. In general, cannabis and other herbs can be utilized together. But just like combining sedative herbs and herb formulas together, their effects can be compounding. If you choose to combine them, start low and slow. Also keep in mind that nervine herbs can affect the body in much more subtle ways than cannabis – which can be much more powerful and, for some, overwhelming—even increasing anxiety particularly with psychoactive cannabis that’s rich in THC. I would recommend trying Take the Edge Off on its own to feel its relaxing benefits firsthand. There is also care to be taken when combining cannabis with medications, as interactions are possible. 


Cannabis is a valuable form of herbal medicine, but it is not a fit for everyone all the time. It is helpful to have various forms of herbal products available to use throughout the day for when the evitable stressful moments strike.


About Casie Giroux

Casie Giroux is a Clinical Herbalist with a background in communication sciences, herbal product formulation and creation, sustainable wildcrafting, teaching, and organic farming.  She earned her certification through the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, CA.  On the weekends  you can find her playing in the garden, foraging for abundant plants, and camping by the water.