Cannabis provides incredible benefits to users with an array of different concerns. It can help to alleviate pain, lessen anxiety, treat skin conditions, and more. It can be used in a variety of different ways. While commonly smoked or vaped, there are other ways to use cannabis to enjoy its many benefits. One such alternative is a cannabis tincture.
What Are Cannabis Tinctures?
A cannabis tincture is a type of cannabis extract or concentrate. It’s a liquid that’s commonly made by extracting TCH, CBD, and other cannabinoids using alcohol. The tincture is placed in a glass bottle and typically comes with a dropper cap. Bottles are typically amber. The color helps to keep out light, which can degrade the tincture. While amber is common, bottles may also be blue, green, or another opaque color.
What Types are Available?
Alcohol is the most common base used for tinctures. While these tinctures have a strong burn, they do allow for faster absorption sublingually.
Glycerine, an oil extracted from vegetables, is another base that may be used for a tincture. Tinctures made with glycerine tend to be sweeter and more viscous. MCT oil, an oil extracted from coconuts, is another base for tinctures.
How Are They Used?
Cannabis tinctures can be used in a few different ways. One of the most common is sublingually. This method involves dropping the tincture under your tongue. The cannabinoids absorb quickly into your bloodstream, allowing for fast results.
If you don’t want to take the tincture sublingually, you can drop your desired dose into your beverage or your food. You can also simply place a few drops into your mouth. Ingesting the tincture means it will take longer to feel the effects.
Dosing a Cannabis Tincture
Tinctures come with a dropper. Typically, they’re dosed by the full dropper as opposed to the individual drop. The potency is typically measured by the full contents of the bottle.
What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures?
Using a cannabis tincture provides numerous benefits:
- Taken sublingually, the tincture takes effect very quickly
- Tinctures can be added to beverages or mixed into foods to create edibles
- The dropper allows for precise dosing as well as effective micro-dosing
- You don’t have to worry about the negative side effects of smoking
- Tinctures are discreet
- Different tinctures have varying levels of THC and CBD, allowing you to select a product that will provide you with the desired results
How Should I Store My Tincture?
Your cannabis tincture should be stored in a cool, dry place and kept out of direct sunlight. A closed cabinet is an ideal storage location. When stored properly, tinctures have a shelf life of several years and you don’t have to worry about cannabinoid depreciation. Bottles can also be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, which will slow down the degradation process even more. Be sure to keep tinctures out of reach of children.
Cannabis tinctures provide an alternative to smoking or vaping. It can be mixed into a beverage or added to foods. Or, it can be taken sublingually for faster absorption. If you’re looking for a cannabis solution that doesn’t involve inhaling smoke or vapor, a cannabis tincture may be just what you need to get the benefits you’re looking for.