If you’re new to cannabis, tinctures are a great way to get your hands on CBD tincture and THC products. They can be used as an alternative to smoking or eating flower-based edibles, and they’re safe for most people to take. But how do you know which type of tincture is right for you?
We’ve got you covered with this guide.
What Is a Cannabis Tincture?
Tinctures are made from dried or fresh marijuana plants, and are usually infused with alcohol. They contain a concentrated form of cannabis that is typically extracted via heat or cold extraction methods. The resulting liquid extract contains both cannabinoids like CBD and THC, along with other beneficial plant compounds including terpenes, flavonoids, and chlorophyll. Tinctures are typically available in dropper bottles, but these days you can find them in many different containers, such as small glass jars, plastic syringes, or even small plastic containers.
While there are numerous types of tinctures, each of them has varying benefits based on their composition. For example, some tinctures will only contain CBD and others will also include THC. Some tinctures may have a higher concentration of CBD than others, while others may contain more THC. In general, tinctures are ideal for those who want to use CBD or THC for therapeutic purposes, but don’t need to consume large amounts of either cannabinoid.
It’s important to note that not all tinctures are created equal. Some tinctures may have been made with inferior quality material, so it’s best to buy from reputable sources that offer high quality products. You should avoid buying tinctures from sellers who simply list no information about the product, or who aren’t willing to provide any customer service.
You can also try making your own tincture at home if you prefer. There are plenty of resources online that show you how to make your own tincture at home, and we’ve written up guides to help you learn how to make CBD and/or THC tinctures here.
Types of Tinctures
There are several different ways to create a tincture. One method involves infusing dried marijuana flowers into alcohol (such as vodka) and then extracting the resulting liquid. This process yields a tincture rich in THC, since THC tends to concentrate in the flowers when the plant is harvested. Another method uses whole bud material in a solution containing water, alcohol, and sometimes sugar or honey. The resulting tincture will generally contain a balance of THC and CBD, depending on the strain.
In addition to these two basic processes, you can also create tinctures by using concentrates. Concentrates are a type of dry herb that is created by using solvents such as CO2, ethanol, or acetone to remove certain active ingredients from the plant. These extracts tend to be very potent, and often contain a significant amount of THC or CBD, along with other cannabinoids and terpenes. While it’s possible to create a tincture using concentrated herbs, it’s much easier to purchase pre-made tinctures that utilize concentrates.
With that said, there are still many factors that determine whether a particular tincture works for you. Here are some things to consider when choosing a tincture:
How strong do you want the tincture to be? Do you want something relatively mild, or would you prefer something stronger?
Do you prefer pure CBD tinctures or tinctures that include CBD plus additional cannabinoids like CBG or CBN?
Is the tincture low-dose or full-strength?
Are you allergic to any chemicals?
How long does it last? Are you looking for something that lasts a few hours, or do you want something that will last longer?
The Benefits of Tinctures
One of the biggest benefits of tinctures is convenience. Many people prefer to use tinctures because they are easy to use and administer. As you might expect, tinctures are also ideal for people who prefer to avoid smoking or vaping.
As previously mentioned, tinctures are particularly effective for helping treat pain symptoms, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. They can also be helpful for reducing inflammation and treating conditions like arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and more. However, keep in mind that some studies indicate that they may not work as well for treating serious diseases.
If you’re interested in learning more about the potential health benefits of tinctures, check out our article on the benefits of CBD and THC tinctures.
Although there are no hard-and-fast rules regarding tincture dosage, it’s important to remember that you can always adjust your dose based on your needs. If you’re taking a tincture for sleep issues, for instance, you may choose to start off with half the recommended serving size, and gradually increase over time.
While you can certainly use just one drop of tincture under the tongue, most people find it easiest to mix the tincture with food or drink. It’s actually best to wait at least five minutes before consuming the tincture to allow it to be fully absorbed.
Tips for Using Tinctures
When it comes to using tinctures, there are a few simple steps you should follow to ensure that you get the most benefit from your treatment. First, make sure you’re using a tincture that contains a good ratio of CBD to THC. While CBD tinctures are preferred for most patients, some individuals may prefer to use THC-dominant tinctures instead.
Next, it’s important to avoid mixing multiple doses together. Doing so will dilute your treatment and reduce its potency. Instead, divide your daily dose into smaller servings throughout the day. Also, remember to always wait at least 5 minutes after ingesting the tincture before consuming anything else.
And finally, be careful when administering your tincture. Don’t swallow the entire contents of the bottle! Instead, first place a little dab under your tongue, hold it there for 30 seconds, and then swallow the remaining liquid. This will ensure that you absorb the tincture properly.