Really, the world is your oyster! But perhaps the most common form and most efficient form of cannabis consumption is none other than through cannabis tinctures.
So if you're not quite sure how to navigate a cannabis tincture or CBD tinctures in general, then we've got you covered. Just keep reading to find out all there is to know tinctures - including how to find cannabis tinctures too!
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What is a tincture?
A tincture on its own is a liquid product full of highly concentrated herbal extracts. This is accomplished through soaking herbs in high percentage alcohol, vegetable glycerin, or another oil.
Many people and pets enjoy tinctures simply by virtue of the fact that they have a long shelf life. And they offer a smoke free way to enjoy cannabis.
Another plus for tinctures is that they offer a faster onset of effect unlike other consumption methods. For example, when you eat edibles, effects may take up to a couple hours to feel.
But a cannabis tincture is absorbed through sublingual consumption, which allows the cannabis oils to directly enter your bloodstream. AKA making for a faster effect.
So, what's the real difference between a CBD tincture and a THC tincture? Let's find out...
CBD tinctures are made with a high concentration of cannabidiol, otherwise known as (you guessed it) CBD. While a CBD tincture may contain THC, it will only contain less than 0.3% THC in order to be considered federally legal.
Because of this, you're unlikely to feel high from a CBD tincture alone. But that's where THC tinctures get to come in.
THC tinctures contain more than 0.3% THC, offering psychoactive and intoxicating effects. Some states have legalized the use of these types of cannabis tinctures.
But others have not. So it's always important to make sure you look up your local laws when figuring out what kind of cannabis tincture you want to partake in.
How cannabis tinctures work
Earlier we mentioned a little something called "sublingual absorption." What does that mean?
Well, with a cannabis tincture, you place your tincture drops under your tongue, hold it there for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then swallow. As you hold the tincture under your tongue, the CBD and/or THC gets absorbed through the tiny capillaries under your tongue.
And this kind of quick absorption is what allows for such fast effects. When you consume cannabis-infused food like brownies or cookies, you typically get a slower onset of effects.
And that's because cannabis edibles have to travel through your digestive system. Then get metabolized by your liver.
Suffice it to say that edibles require a longer cannabis journey than cannabis infused alcohol in dropper bottles. Hailed as one of the best methods for consuming the plant material of the cannabis plant, tinctures really know how to get the job done.
And with far fewer risks that smoking cannabis poses. Besides, fewer calories for your daily cannabis intake? Sign us up!
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Why use a cannabis tincture?
There are a number of reasons why people choose THC or CBD tinctures over other cannabis products. But here's just a couple to give you an idea of why tinctures are some users' preferred method of consuming cannabinoids.
Tinctures offer a convenient way to consume cannabis
Life is busy, you're on the go, but you want a way to combine cannabis into your daily routine without taking up too much time. A cannabis tincture offers you that on-the-go convenience.
And all you need is 60 seconds of your time to let it settle under your tongue. Whereas cannabis-infused food might take a couple more minutes to chew.
While smoking requires finding an outdoor area where you can enjoy the cannabis flower in peace. But with tinctures, you can get everything else done on your to-do list and check off "take tincture" at the same time. Easy peasy.
Cannabis tinctures are discreet
Obviously, smoking cannabinoids tends to create a distinct aroma that others will likely smell. And the same problem occurs when cannabinoids are baked into food items too.
But tinctures do not have any recognizable odor to them. And you can take your tincture whenever you want without too many people noticing. Kind of like using a CBD rub.
Besides, when it comes to the risks that smoking poses, tinctures are a surefire way to take better care of your respiratory health. So it just seems like a win-win to us.
Cannabis infused tinctures come with precise measurements
Most companies present a finished tincture in a small bottle of food grade alcohol. And because of the liquidity of such high proof alcohol, you can get an accurate reading when you measure your tincture out.
With baked goods, it can be a little bit more difficult to calculate just how many cannabinoids you're about to ingest. Because you never know if the whole batch was thoroughly mixed through.
But tinctures take that worry away and instead offer a precise measuring device in the dropper itself. Think of it this way: the final product is literally a measuring dropper - what more could you want?
Taking a tincture sublingually allows for fast acting desired effects
Sometimes, you just don't want to wait an hour or two for your cannabis effects to settle in. Luckily, with a cannabis tincture, you don't have to wait nearly as long.
You can start to feel its effects within ten minutes of application. And this also makes it easy to figure out just how much is the right amount for you.
It is always advised to start with a small amount under your tongue. Then gradually increase the amount you consume as you notice how your body reacts.
This is the safest and most effective way to determine what works best for you. And tinctures just make it all the easier to figure it out.
FAQs on cannabis tinctures
We think we covered pretty much everything. But just in case we didn't, take a look below to see if any of the questions in your head are about to be answered.
What is the difference between THC tinctures and THC oils?
"Oil" and "tincture" tend to get thrown around interchangeably. But the biggest difference between the two is how the CBD or THC gets extracted from the cannabis plant.
The gold standard for extracting CBD oil is by utilizing carbon dioxide. This extraction method allows for all of the nutrients and cannabinoids found in the cannabis or hemp plant to remain intact while delivering high quality CBD.
But a tincture, on the other hand, uses alcohol to get its trademark liquid product. By soaking cannabis in alcohol, then heating the mixture, the CBD or THC extracted starts to infuse the alcohol with its compounds and cannabinoids.
Afterwards, this mixture is either boiled or diluted to create the final product. It's a small difference, but it makes for a vastly different process.
Are cannabis tinctures stronger than edibles?
There is some evidence to suggest that tinctures may offer a stronger effect than edibles. But ultimately, the concentration of the CBD or THC in your chosen product will vary, making this a difficult question to answer.
Some research has found that tinctures tend to absorb more THC than edibles, especially when taken on an empty stomach. But again, how strong your tincture or edible is depends on the amount of CBD or THC in each of them.
Just a few drops and you're good to go!
If you didn't know much about tinctures before this blog post, consider yourself an expert now. We hope this answered some questions you may have about tinctures and what they have to offer.
Just know that when it comes to efficacy and safety, tinctures are the best out of all CBD products for you to choose from. So store your tincture in a cool, dark place for an even longer shelf life.
And enjoy cannabis with just a couple of drops under your tongue.
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