Cannabis tinctures may not be the traditional way to consume cannabis, but they can be a convenient and potent method to medicate. Tinctures have many benefits including their ease of use, inconspicuous nature, and fast-acting effects. Companies like Cascadia Herbals in Oregon, specialize in creating unique tinctures that help remedy various ailments.
What are Cannabis Tinctures?
A cannabis tincture is an alcoholic extract of the cannabis plant material. Alcohol/ethanol is the most common solvent used. Other solvents include glycerin or coconut oil. Alcohol is prefered due to its efficacy at extracting chemicals in plants.
Comparable to flowers or concentrates, tinctures produce no smoke or harsh smells. Tinctures aren’t like other edibles that can leave people overwhelmed with a bad experience. Tinctures can help ensure new users are getting an accurate dose. Here are a few tips to get you started on the right path with cannabis tinctures.
Tips & Notes for Using Cannabis Tinctures
1. Alcohol-extracted cannabis tinctures are popular due to the process that separates a high amount of cannabinoids from the plant matter.
2. Always buy lab-tested and properly labelled tinctures. Dropper bottles indicate cannabinoid content and dosage recommendations. Lab-testing ensures the product contains no toxins.
3. If possible, choose whole-plant tinctures made from high-quality flower instead of trim. Whole-plant extracts contain more cannabinoids and terpenes that work together to amplify their therapeutic effects in a process known as the entourage effect.
4. Tinctures come in a variety of cannabinoid ratios. Every cannabinoid produces unique effects. It takes trial and error to find the ideal ratio for your needs.
5. Patients with gastrointestinal problems can use tinctures as an alternative to other edibles, since tinctures can be applied sublingually (under the tongue).
6. A moderate dose (two to three drops) under the tongue can produce effects as soon as 15 minutes.
7. For strong and immediate relief, apply a couple of drops of tincture under your tongue. Cannabinoids are absorbed directly into your bloodstream and receptors in your brain.
8. If you apply tincture drops under your tongue, don’t immediately swallow it. Let the tincture absorb to your bloodstream for a minute.
9. Tinctures can be incorporated into drinks or meals including morning smoothies and oils or butters for cooking.
10. When swallowed, THC transforms into 11-hydroxy-THC in the liver, which delays effects (up to two hours). 11-hydroxy-THC can produce stronger or more intense effects than other consumption methods.
11. Keep cannabis tinctures in a dark and airtight bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place. Exposure to heat, light, and moisture can degrade the tincture quality. When stored properly, tinctures can last for many years.