In the cannabis industry, tincture may be one of the least known and under appreciated methods of consumption. This may be because it is an age-old extraction process that is a more discreet, precise, and efficient method to deliver and medicate. Most people don’t know about tinctures because a lot of attention goes to other methods of consuming cannabis like smoking. But because a lot of other forms of cannabis has been growing over the years, more and more marijuana dispensaries are carrying tinctures in Las Vegas and it is becoming increasingly known for new and existing cannabis users.
Most Common Types of Tinctures
Not only cannabis users, but non-cannabis users can use various types of tinctures for different reasons. The most common types of tinctures that are used in herbal medicine are:
- Tincture of Benzoin which is used for first aid kits.
- Propolis Tincture produced by bees to build beehives which is now being explored for its effects on allergies.
- Elderberry Tincture which is a type of natural pigment with antioxidant properties and can be used to reduce chronic inflammation.
- Echinacea Tincture used to fight off upper respiratorytract infections, relieve cold symptoms and to shorten the duration of colds and flu.
- Tumeric Tincture used for overall better quality of life and for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Mainly used in cooking.
- And of course, Cannabis (CBD) Tincture, also known as cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. The use of medical grade cannabis tinctures may help to alleviate migraines, seizures, anxiety, menstrual pain, and other types of pain.
But when it comes to cannabis smoking, we know most people that are new to this world is wondering, what is Cannabis Tincture?
Tinctures are an old-age method to medicate with cannabis. It is simply a liquid extract that people can take by ingesting by mouth under the tongue. The tinctures are made with alcohol that comes in a glass bottle with droppers that are used for precise dosing. Alcohol is the most common solvent because it breaks down acidic and basic components of the plant matter. for cannabis tincture, this means that more of the good cannabinoids will wind up in your little dropper bottle. Other solvents like vinegar and glycerin can be used to create a tincture for internal consumption, but they’re not as effective at extracting all chemicals from the original plant matter.
Using these herbal tinctures are a great way to preserve and concentrate an herb’s properties which makes them more effective and last longer. And aside from the long-lasting effects, tinctures will also last for many years when stored properly in a cool, dark place.
Using Cannabis Tinctures
Tinctures are usually taken by the dropperful, which is the amount of liquid that fills the glass tube of the dropper when the top is squeezed and released. Sometimes the liquid may fill the glass tube only half way, and that is considered to be a dropperful which equals approximately 30 drops. This makes it easier to use more precise self-dosage with tinctures.
There are three different ways to use a cannabis tincture. You can add it to recipes and dishes, use the dropper to drop it right into your mouth with precise dosage, or sublingually which gives better effects.
When taken directly under the tongue as a sublingual tincture, the tincture enters the bloodstream much more directly than by any other means, meaning the action in the body is usually quicker. Effects can be felt in 10 to 15 minutes when taken under the tongue, and can linger anywhere between four to eight hours, depending on the dose. If ingested with food or simply swallowed, effects will be similar to most edibles – about 45 minutes to an hour. So, instead of having to wait hours to know if your medicine is working, with tincture, you should be able to tell shortly after a dose whether or not you’ll need more.
Benefits of Using Cannabis Tincture
The effects of tincture depend on the cannabis strain used to make it. Obviously, you would only use a THC tincture to achieve a psychoactive high (although THC does have some pain-fighting properties). But if you use a CBD tincture, the benefits multiply. That’s because a CBD tincture can be used for inducing sleep, managing pain, nausea and anxiety, reducing seizures, stimulating appetite, and more. Other benefits are:
- There are fewer calories than infused edibles and can also be stored a lot easier with an incredible long shelf life which can last for years.
- Cannabis tinctures is simpler than smoking. Some people may have a hard time with smoking or don’t like the overall smell of cannabis smoke.
- Tinctures do not smell like cannabis and does not look like any other medicine. Tincture makes it easier for these types of people.
- Precise dosage is also a benefit of using tinctures instead of other methods of cannabis. It can be easy to take a higher dose of cannabis edibles but tinctures allow you to take just a few drops at a time until you feel your desired effects.
- The ease of use also makes tinctures especially handy for anyone who takes regular doses of cannabis throughout the day. Even those who are new to cannabis can use tinctures because they are easier to ingest with more precise self-dosage. You can easily carry a bottle of tincture in your purse and have it available to you at all times.
- And best of all, the effects last longer and acts faster than other methods of cannabis use.
Other Methods of Using and Making Tinctures
Tinctures can also be used in cooking all sorts of meals and drinks. Juices, soups, salad dressings, ice creams and more can be incorporated with a few drops of tincture.
Making tincture at home does not have to be difficult. Best of all, you don’t need specialized equipment to make this. You just need a few preparation techniques. All you’ll need is a jar, alcohol, a strainer, and cannabis products. But because not all cannabis tinctures are made the same, making this would depend on your available time, equipment, and risk tolerance.
Tinctures can be made in a mason jar over a few weeks. The process can be sped up considerably by introducing heat (hours compared to weeks). Rice cookers, slow cookers and sous vide water ovens are safe and effective tools. It is important to understand that having the highest percentage of alcohol possible as well as the quality and quantity level of cannabis would help the potency of the final product.
Cannabis Tinctures are a great starter point for new cannabis users. This method offers a simple and discreet way to receive the effects of marijuana without having to smoke it. Whether you use cannabis tincture for medical purposes or just to feel the effects, the benefits of this method outweigh some of the more known methods of cannabis use and will continue to spread to more marijuana dispensaries.