Cannabis tinctures have been used for centuries to help with discomfort and for symptom management. There are references to its medicinal use in ancient Chinese texts from 3000 BC. Those who are looking for alternative ways to use cannabis may find tinctures beneficial. Let’s explore how they work and why you might consider using them!
What are cannabis tinctures?
A tincture is a cannabis-infused liquid with an alcohol or oil base (like MCT oil or olive oil). This product is considered a sublingual, though it can be used in other ways. Cannabis tinctures have been around for thousands of years, but they’ve increased in popularity since the legalization of marijuana. Now that more people are familiar with them (and can easily buy them), there are more varieties of tinctures available than ever before. Tinctures offer easy dosing with a fast onset in a discreet bottle. This is great for people who aren’t into smoking flower but don’t want to have the wait time of consuming edibles.
How do they work?
One of the benefits of these liquid extracts is that they are very versatile. It’s easy to calculate an exact dose with the dropper included in the bottle and can be used sublingually, topically, or by adding a drop or two (or more) to food or beverages. You can even use them to make your own edibles!
There are different levels of THC and ratios of other cannabinoids (CBD, CBN, etc.) available depending on what kind of effects you are looking for. They range from more potent THC-rich tinctures popular for pain management and euphoric effects to high CBD ratios used for non-euphoric destressing. Many tinctures now combine cannabis with other herbs as well- taking advantage of the synergy between the plants to create various effects.
How do you take a cannabis tincture?
The easiest way to use cannabis tinctures is sublingually by holding it under your tongue for 30 to 40 seconds and then swallow for quick absorption into the bloodstream. The onset of effects is between 15-20 minutes and the window of effects is 3-4 hours. You can also add it to your favorite beverage (hot or cold) or food. Since you are measuring out the tincture you have great control of the exact dosage and effects.
How to store tinctures
You don’t need to refrigerate tinctures but if you do it will not harm the effectiveness of the cannabinoids. Keep them in a cool dark place and they should last for a very long time. Remember to keep all cannabis products out of the reach of children.
Why you might consider using them
Cannabis tinctures may be a great alternative for those who are looking for something natural to help manage their symptoms. They are fast-acting, easily dosed, and come in a variety of ratios making it easier to find a product fit for you. Cannabis tinctures have been popular amongst medical cannabis patients and recreational patrons alike to manage symptoms and consume cannabis discreetly with precise effects. Check out this video for more information on the Cosmic View tincture line and ideas for how you can fit tinctures into your day!