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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.
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.
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.
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.