Cannabis tinctures are a quick, convenient, and safe way to consume your favorite cannabinoids. Tinctures are made by infusing cannabis into a liquid, like alcohol, grapeseed oil, or hemp oil. The result is a liquid extract that can allow you to enjoy all the benefits of cannabis without the need to ingest any kind of smoke or vapor.
Before cannabis prohibition, tinctures were one of the most common ways that people consumed cannabis, and for good reason. Keep reading to find out why tinctures are awesome and to find out how to use a tincture!
Why Use a Tincture?
Tinctures are easy, quick, and convenient to use. With tinctures, there’s no need to carry around smoking accessories or a bag of smelly buds. Instead, tinctures come in small, sealed, smell-proof bottles that are easy to carry and store.
Tinctures are a healthier and cleaner way to consume cannabis. Although it is believed to be cleaner than tobacco smoke, cannabis smoke still contains plenty of toxins and carcinogens. And while vapor is cleaner than smoke, it still contains many of these compounds. By comparison, tinctures contain none and, alongside edibles, are arguably the safest way to enjoy cannabis.
Tinctures also allow for the very precise dosing of specific cannabinoids. When you smoke or vape cannabis, it’s impossible to tell just how much of each cannabinoid you are consuming with each puff. However, tinctures can be carefully measured out using the marked dropper included with each bottle.
How to Use a Tincture
Given the bottle and the dropper, how to use a tincture seems pretty self-explanatory, but many people may be surprised to find out that there are actually several ways to use a cannabis tincture.
Cannabis tinctures can be used in one of three ways: sublingually, orally, or by being added to foods or liquids.
To apply a tincture sublingually, simply load up the dropper with the desired amount, and squirt the liquid out under your tongue. Make sure to keep the extract there for 60 – 180 seconds. Afterward, you can swish the remaining liquid around your mouth before swallowing it. When used in this way, the cannabinoids in the tincture are absorbed by membranes under the tongue and on the insides of the cheeks. After being absorbed, they are immediately carried into the bloodstream where they can begin to produce effects. When applied sublingually, the effects of a tincture can usually be felt within roughly 30 minutes and can last for as long as 3 hours.
Tinctures can also be swallowed to produce effects. When swallowed, tinctures take significantly longer to work and follow the same timeline as edibles. If you swallow your tincture, you can expect to feel effects within 1–2 hours and for effects to last upwards of 5–6 hours.
Lastly, tinctures can also be added to foods and liquids in order to mask their taste. Popular options are liquids like coffee or tea, and foods that mix easily like pudding or yogurt. Again, onset will be similar to that of edibles.
Not all tinctures are the same. One of the advantages of tinctures is that they can feature different ratios of cannabinoids. Instead of just THC, or just CBD, many tinctures contain specific ratios of both. If one or the other isn’t getting it done for you, try a combination of both THC and CBD instead.
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