When I first started taking CBD to manage my lower back pain, I didn’t know much about the efficacy of tinctures and balms. This was long before I started microdosing THC. So to begin, I experimented with tasty CBD edibles. My favorite in those days—and among my top choices today—was one 20mg Lord Jones old-fashioned gumdrop before bedtime. On some days, I’d mix things up and indulge—with the luxury cannabis brand’s dark chocolate chews. Even now, I’m quite enjoying the just-released limited-edition summer flavors: red raspberry and white peach.
Eventually, after talking to some industry experts and a few doctors, I broadened my horizons and ventured into the world of tinctures. Apparently, they’re more bioavailable than something chewable—which can take up to two hours for the body to metabolize. And because edibles pass through your digestive system and liver, the body often ends up with only a fraction of the dosage of the edible.
Tinctures, on the other hand, are best consumed sublingually—meaning you hold it under the tongue for a minute or so before swallowing. This method lets the CBD enter your bloodstream directly. The result? Faster absorption and increased efficacy.
So I started with Lord Jones’ CBD tincture in lemon, which contains 250mg per bottle—and dispenses around 10mg per full dropper. But several weeks ago, the brand released an even better (read: more potent) multi-use formula in its new Royal Oil tincture.
A bottle of the stuff contains 1,000mg of CBD—with each dropper delivering 40mg of liquid. But that’s not the best part. What makes it so great is the purity of the product, which only contains two ingredients—broad spectrum olive oil suspended in grapeseed oil. And get this: It can be used in so many different ways.
“Our Lord Jones community is incredibly vocal about the ways in which they use our products to address everything from sleep issues to aches, pains, and anxiety. The Royal Oil came out of some of our customers looking for a higher dose product,” says Lord Jones cofounder and CEO Robert Rosenheck. “While we thought most of our users were taking our existing tinctures sublingually, we learned that some were applying it topically to address joint pain or skin conditions. Some users were infusing their beverages with our existing products—but wanted to find an unflavored option. Lord Jones Royal Oil provides our users with our most potent multi-purpose broad spectrum phytocannabinoid-rich product to date that can be used as a tincture, a topical, or a beverage booster.”
Even the fact that it uses grapeseed oil as a delivery vehicle for CBD is fascinating, mainly because it’s quite uncommon. “We selected grape seed oil as our carrier knowing how many of our users apply our products topically,” Rosenheck says. “Grape seed oil is high in antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and contains a significant amount of Vitamin E—which helps promote skin health in conjunction with the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. We crafted our Lord Jones Royal Oil to appeal to the CBD purist who is looking for the ultimate all-purpose supplement, free of colorings and additives.”
The incredible versatility of the oil as a topical is also quite impressive: Rosenheck notes that many customers apply it to the stomach to ease menstrual cramps. Some use it as a beauty booster of sorts, incorporating a few drops to facial creams and serums to get the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD. Others who experience pain and inflammation apply it to smaller target areas.
As for me, I’m thrilled with the results of keeping up with the Lord Joneses.