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About Cannabis Tinctures

Tinctures are a liquid delivery method for medicines, taken by dropping the medicated liquid onto the blood vessels under the tongue and allowing it to be absorbed into the bloodstream. In the case of cannabis tinctures, these infusions are usually made using a carrier oil or alcohol as cannabinoids are not naturally water-soluble. 

Cannabis tinctures are available in a variety of potencies and ratios and can be formulated with different uses in mind. While batch labels that demonstrate lab test results can give a reliable indicator of total cannabinoid content & overall potency, it is important to remember cannabis affects everyone differently. 

Cannabis tinctures represent an excellent option for non-smokers, or those looking for a discreet cannabis solution that takes effect quickly, as well as anyone requiring flexible dosing, or options that offer little to no psychoactive effect.

How are Cannabis Tinctures Made?

Tinctures made in oil — such as olive oil or coconut oil — only require two ingredients, the oil itself and the cannabis flower. The flower floats in a large saucepan of oil and is gently heated for a few hours to create an infusion. This is then strained of the raw plant matter and placed into a container for use. Many modern-day tinctures are made using this method due to the excellent absorption of cannabinoids into fats, along with the simplicity of the infusion process.

Tinctures can also be made using pure liquid alcohol to dissolve the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. Tinctures made in alcohol require the cannabis to be pre-heated, known as ‘decarboxylation’, to prepare it for infusion, as it is dangerous to heat the liquid alcohol. The pre-heated flower is then soaked in the alcohol for days or even weeks to create an infusion, which is later strained and placed into a container for use.

What are the Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures?

Cannabis tinctures have been a part of American medicine since 1851, and are still one of the most effective ways to use cannabis when dosed carefully & correctly. Dosing cannabis tincture is easiest when the dropper has markings to show various dose sizes. This allows each consumer to customize their dose to their individual preference or specific needs. Luckily, most cannabis tinctures near you are available at licensed dispensaries, and weed delivery services have droppers with markings, along with dose suggestions on the packaging.

Tinctures can be used for pain management, stress, anxiety, relaxation, sleep, increasing focus, elevating mood, and even intimacy! Due to the wide range of use possibilities, we at Grassdoor encourage everyone to research the products they are considering to determine if they are best suited to their specific set of needs & desires. Get tinctures, CBD products, and more delivered quickly and reliably. Shop our Scheduled Menu for same-day/next-day delivery.

How to Use Cannabis Tinctures?

Once a dose has been decided upon, the next most important consideration is using the tincture in the way it was designed to be - which is allowing it to be absorbed under the tongue, or  ‘sublingually’. To increase the effectiveness of absorption, it is generally recommended to hold the tincture under the tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing any remaining tincture. While cannabis tincture can be added to drinks and food for convenience, once it is swallowed, it will behave as an edible or drink does - meaning it will take longer to feel effects, and may be more psychoactive than desirable. The fastest onset time is achieved by allowing the cannabinoids to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive process required with edibles and drinks. 

FAQ About Cannabis Tinctures

What cannabis tincture dose is right for me?

Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question. Finding the right dose will require some personal discovery, but we can offer some guidelines that are helpful for most people.

Anyone new to cannabis should seek out CBD-rich tinctures that are whole plant or full spectrum, with low amounts of THC. CBD can offer relief from pain and stress while allowing the body to become accustomed to low doses of THC, which can be gradually increased as required or desired.

For maximum benefit, tincture use should be consistent, especially in the first few days. If possible, one should take the same low dose each day for a whole week, to determine whether to adjust the dose or ratio of tincture they are using.

As always with dosing cannabis, start low and go slow!

How long does it take for tinctures to kick in?

When tinctures are absorbed under the tongue, they typically start taking effect after 15 minutes but can take up to an hour for some people. The longer that one can hold the tincture under their tongue without swallowing, the more effective the absorption of cannabinoids will be. This will usually result in a faster onset time, while swallowing the tincture, or adding it to a food or drink - and then swallowing it -  will mean it takes longer to start working.

What should I look for on a cannabis tincture label?

Always check the label for total THC and/or CBD content, as well as the cannabinoid content per suggested dose of that particular tincture. Some newer packaging also features a QR code that can be scanned with a phone camera to show the lab test or Certificate of Analysis from that batch of tincture, containing information regarding the product’s overall contents, cannabinoid amounts, and safety verification. It is also useful to check the batch label on tincture for the manufacturing/packaging date, to determine how fresh the product is.

How long do weed tinctures last?

Tincture labels usually suggest a 'best by' date, which is typically a year from the date of packaging. When stored adequately, tinctures will last for several months.

This is due to the simplicity & stability of the ingredients, such as MCT or coconut oil, which withstand most regular temperature changes without degrading. For maximum shelf life, unopened tincture should be stored in a dark, cool cupboard, and once opened, will last longest when stored in the fridge.

What is in weed tinctures?

Weed tinctures are usually very simple and only feature two ingredients - a carrier liquid, and cannabis! These types of tinctures will usually be olive oil and cannabis, coconut/MCT oil and cannabis, or alcohol/ethanol and cannabis. 

Some tinctures aim to deliver a certain set of effects and have been formulated along with other ingredients besides cannabis, so make sure to do your research on any ingredients you don’t recognize or are unsure about!

Where can I buy cannabis tinctures?

For safety, we recommend that you purchase your cannabis tinctures from a licensed manufacturer and distributor such as Grassdoor, as it guarantees that your products have been tested for their contents and passed safe for consumption.