You’re probably aware that there are quite a few different ways to use cannabis these days. From concentrates to lotions to sodas, it seems like there’s always a newer, swankier way to enjoy the benefits. But did you know that one of the simplest and most effective methods of consumption is one that’s existed for centuries? If you’re curious about using tinctures, this article is for you! We’re going to teach you all about tinctures, why they are a great alternative to smoking, and how to use a tincture.
Cannabis Tinctures 101
A cannabis tincture is an alcohol-based cannabis extract. They’re produced by a simple method that involves extracting cannabinoids and other plant medicines into high-proof alcohol and filtered to remove plant material.
Tinctures come in tinted bottles that protect the product from light. They always include a dropper to help you measure an exact dosage. Tinctures are a fabulous starting point for people that want to try a smokeless method, but they’re also popular with seasoned cannabis buffs.
The Story of Cannabis Tinctures
It’s no secret that we’ve come to depend on over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen in our modern era. But you might not have guessed that before the age of aspirin, cannabis tinctures were a leading form of pain relief. But everything changed during the cannabis prohibition of the early 20th century. Before it became illegal, you could find cannabis tinctures on the shelf of most medicine cabinets in the country.
Because they’re so useful! Cannabis tinctures were prescribed for several disease symptoms, including arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tonsillitis, alcoholism, and more. They could also last for many years when properly stored. All of which is still true today!
Tinctures as an Alternative to Smoking and Vaping
So, what are the benefits of using a tincture over inhalation methods? Firstly, moderate consumption of cannabis smoke doesn’t negatively affect the lungs. But smoking isn’t the healthiest choice for some people, especially those with underlying respiratory conditions. And for others, they just don’t like the way smoking smells or feels. Another one of the biggest advantages of tinctures is dosage control.
The measured droppers allow you to achieve precision, so you always get the perfect dose (which often isn’t the case with smoking). Plus, you can choose from an assortment of cannabinoid ratios and concentrations, and come in both THC and CBD dominant varieties. With so many selections, you can always find one that delivers the results you want.
Looking for psychoactive effects? Non-psychoactive? There’s a cannabis tincture for you!
Another benefit is the bottles are compact and very transportable, allowing you to grab and go. The best part of being smokeless? You can discreetly enjoy them when and where you want to without anyone knowing!
How to Use Tinctures
Tinctures are most effective when taken orally. The best way is to administer them sublingually (under the tongue). Why? Because it is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and takes effect in a few minutes. You can also add them to foods and beverages, with one caveat; they need to be processed by your digestive system before you feel anything. Just like edibles, it can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes before they take effect.
Another benefit of the sublingual method is that it provides a higher bioavailability. This means your body absorbs a lot more than if it has to pass through the digestive system.
As with any method, it’s always a good idea to start “low and slow.” Start by simply putting a single, 1 ml drop beneath your tongue and wait 15-30 minutes. Assess the way you feel, and re-dose slowly until you achieve the effects you want.
With their gentleness on the body, terrific bioavailability, and rapid absorption rates, tinctures are the way to go for countless cannabis fans. They’re also one of the best choices for people that are smoke sensitive or susceptible to nausea. While cannabis trends might come and go, tinctures have been around for ages for a reason.