Vegetable glycerin is a transparent, fragrance-free, sweet, and viscous liquid that has broad industrial applications. It is commonly known as glycerin or glycerol.
It is a preferred option by many because of its
non-toxic nature. Glycerin can be gotten from both plants and animals, although
plant sources of glycerin are more common.
In plants, glycerin is a component of triglyceride.
The triglyceride is broken down into fatty acids and glycerol upon undergoing a
process known as hydrolysis. The glycerol is then extracted to be used for
various industrial processes.
Glycerin from animals also exists as triglycerides
that can be found in the animal’s blood and the animal’s fatty tissue.
Hydrolysis process is also used to break down this triglyceride into fatty
acids and glycerol.
Plant triglyceride usually contains unsaturated
fatty acids while animal triglyceride usually has saturated fatty acids.
Saturated fats have been known to raise the level of cholesterol in your blood.
Therefore, vegetable glycerin is the obvious choice
for both vegans and non-vegans. It is also important to note that glycerin from
plant sources is typically labeled ‘vegetable glycerin’ while animal glycerin
is usually labeled ‘glycerin’.
Uses and Benefits of Glycerin
Vegetable glycerin has many applications in the
cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and food industries.
The most common use in the food industry is as a
sweetener. As mentioned earlier, glycerol has a sweet taste meaning that it can
However, once it is in the body, it is not
metabolized as sugar. Your blood sugar level thus does not rise. It is because
of this reason that people with diabetes are usually advised to use glycerin
sweeteners if they are facing a struggle keeping off sugar.
Glycerin sweeteners can also be used by people who
are adhering to low carbohydrate diets. Sugar is one of the critical things you
must avoid to maintain a low-carb diet.
Finally, glycerin is also used in the preservation
of food. It can prevent ice from forming in frozen products such as ice cream
Only water has more uses in the pharmaceutical
industry than glycerin. It is commonly used in this industry to give many drugs
a pleasant taste.
It is used in cough syrup to make it sweet and
viscous. It is because of glycerin that cough syrup is usually thick and sweet
It is also used in eye drops to help ease the
effects of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that develops due to the build-up of
pressure in the eye. This pressure ends up damaging the optic never of the eye.
Glycerin helps decrease this pressure in the eye.
Constipation medication also makes use of the
softening qualities of glycerin.
Perhaps the most significant use in the
pharmaceutical industry is its use in IV fluids decrease pressure in the brain
caused by cerebral edema.
Cerebral edema is a condition that develops as a
result of the accumulation of excess fluid in the brain — glycerin assists in
drawing out this fluid in the tissues and bloodstream.
Lastly, glycerin is used in toothpaste. It helps
prevent the toothpaste from drying while inside the tube.
There has been a massive interest in products that
help you develop a clear skin in recent times. Almost all of the new products
developed to make use of glycerin because
of the specific properties it has.
Glycerin is used in the cosmetic industry to treat
dry skin. It can draw moisture from the surrounding environment and into the
skin. It further helps to retain this moisture into the skin.
It can also be used to treat and prevent itchy skin
and minor skin irritations. It is safe to use on people of all ages meaning
that it can also be used to ease the effects of diaper rashes.
The healing properties of glycerin enable it to be
used as a natural medication for diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
Glycerin helps to repair the infected tissue and cells more quickly.
Glycerin also keeps acne-causing bacteria off the
skin. These bacteria usually intensify the immune responses of the body leading
to swollen bumps on the skin.
Lastly, glycerin can be found in cosmetic products
such as soaps, deodorants, lotions, and makeup.
Glycerin and CBD Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is extracted from hemp. CBD
products have recently become very popular due to their extensive uses in the
medical field. CBD
used in the treatment of diabetes, depression, anxiety, acne, and chronic pain.
CBD oil can be combined with vegetable glycerin and
other ingredients such as alcohol and honey to produce CBD oil tincture.
The alcohol is used to increase the absorption rate
into the body while the honey further sweetens the mixture to ensure that
anyone can ingest it. When honey is used, the mixture is usually referred to as
Just like CBD oil, the tincture can be ingested or
applied to a body surface like the skin. You will also still enjoy all the
benefits of CBD oil since the overall volume of CBD oil in the tincture is not
that different from pure CBD oil.
The big question when it comes to tincture is if it
the same as CBD oil. The answer is that they have many similarities but also
have key differences that must be noted.
The tincture contains less potent levels of CBD oil
and is thus taken in slightly larger doses than pure CBD oil. You may, however,
have to place the tincture under your tongue for thirty to ninety seconds to
increase its effectiveness.
The second key difference is that other natural
sweeteners can be added to tincture. For this reason, small doses of tincture
can be added on tea, coffee, and food. Flavors such as vanilla and cinnamon can
also be used to mask the taste. Pure CBD oil has no flavoring.
Lastly, the alcohol in the tincture acts as a
preservative increasing its shelf-life. This alcohol also increases the absorption
rate of the tincture.
Vegetable glycerin and CBD oil are incredibly
beneficial to the body. The combination of the properties of these two products
can do wonders for your health.
CBD oil tincture is the resultant product after
combining these two products, and it comes with many advantages. The biggest is
that it lasts longer and flavors can be used on it to mask the taste of its
The best news about all this
is that you still get the benefits of both CBD oil and vegetable glycerin.