Gone are the days when cannabis consumers must smoke flower. These days, cannabis consumers have an assortment of ways to indulge, whether they want pain relief and health benefits or prefer the recreational benefits of cannabis. Consumers still can roll up a joint or smoke flower like Kind Tree Cannabis in a bong if they choose, but there are many other options available as well. Edibles, vapes, concentrates, and topicals are some of the alternative consumption methods. Tinctures also happen to be a popular way to consume your cannabis.
Most consumers switch between several consumption methods, depending on what they are treating. Switching consumption methods keeps things interesting for cannabis consumers.
Tinctures are liquid cannabis sold in a dropper-style bottle. They come in many dosage amounts and flavors. Anyone who wants the benefits CBD/cannabis provides can get it from a tincture. This popular method of cannabis consumption is especially popular with people who do not reside in states where marijuana is legal, but used by people all across the world.
Tinctures help treat a variety of ailments ranging from aches and pains to anxiety and depression. Before cannabis prohibition, tinctures were sold at local drug stores without a doctor prescription. They were very popular, so much so that many drug stores made their own label0brand tincture. Now that cannabis is back and more popular than ever, tinctures have again claimed their spot back at the top.
What Tinctures Do You Use?
Tinctures don’t taste as delicious as a yummy brownie or offer the social experience like a smoking flower, but they do offer incredible benefits that other methods do not offer.
Discreet: The dropper formula is easy-to-use anywhere you go. There is no smell, so it’s a great option for people that need the benefits of cannabis while they’re in public or in a location where smoking flower isn’t optional.
Fast-Acting: Cannabis tinctures absorb into the bloodstream. Absorption rates vary from one person to the next and the tincture they’re using, but it takes an average of 15-minutes to feel the effects. The effects last two-three hours.
Easy-to-Dose: The dropper formula allows you to measure the exact dosage that you want, ensuring you do not take more than you intend. Although a marijuana overdose is unheard of, ingesting too much can bring negative impacts to the user.
Versatile: Squeeze a few droplets of the tincture under your tongue or use it as a topical. Rub the tincture on problematic areas to ease pain and inflammation to use it as a topical. The versatility that tinctures provide give consumers more options.
Variety: Tinctures come in a variety of flavors and styles. You will never grow tire of the selection of tinctures flavors available. They’re easy-to-find, even when getting your hands on flowers is difficult or impossible.
To Get High…or Not to Get High: You can use a CBD tincture that doesn’t contain psychoactive cannabinoids that get you high. It’s perfect for pain relief. Or, choose THC tincture. THC contains cannabinoids that cause those cerebral effects that make the user ‘high.’
How to use Tinctures
Tinctures offer an easy-to-use formula for cannabis consumption. Once you choose your dosage, the next step is to place the tincture under your tongue and allow it to dissolve. This requires just a couple of seconds because it is absorbed immediately into the bloodstream. Fast, effective results make tincture consumers happy.
Start with a small tincture dosage. Most people start at about 0.25 mg. You can increase the dosage until you find the amount that works best for you. Each person has different needs and tolerances, so what worked well for a friend or a spouse may not suit your needs. Trial and error is the best method to find your tincture dosage.
Important Information on Tinctures
The cannabis/CBD industry is unregulated, which allows just about anyone to create and sell a product. As a result, they’re not all created equally. Some can be made with different dilution methods and techniques that have their own pros and cons. In California, tinctures diluted in alcohol are illegal. They’re made using vegetable glycerin, olive oil, and MCT instead.
MCT, or medium-chain triglycerides, are saturated fatty acids derived from palm and coconut oils. These ‘good fats’ lead to faster, more efficient cannabinoid absorption. Olive oil is gentle and doesn’t disturb fragile terpenes in the tincture. But because they have less fat than MCT, they don’t hold as many cannabinoids.