Talking Cannabis Tincture: The Whys and Hows

Being able to more closely control your dosage is an increasingly important factor to many cannabis consumers. You may also be interested in practicing some discretion in your consumption methods; something that can go into a proverbial medicine cabinet. Rising in popularity, cannabis tinctures meet these standards and have many other benefits, including a faster onset of effects than infused edibles.

Cannabis tincture is a liquid product made by dissolving cannabis flower or concentrate in a carrier solution, historically alcohol, and have been a prominent medical staple throughout recorded civilizations. They were even once part of the United States Pharmacopoeia until cannabis was prohibited in 1937, and can be traced back to ancient Egypt, right around when alcohol distillation was discovered. 

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Why Choose Tincture?

The most common way to administer cannabis tincture is with a dropper under your tongue and held there for at least 30 seconds before swallowing. This employs a sublingual delivery system, versus the oral ingestion experienced when you eat an edible. Here, tincture is absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the many capillaries in your mouth. This bypasses the journey through the digestive system, sending cannabis compounds directly to the liver to be metabolized. Without having to travel through the stomach, you should feel the effects of sublingual products much faster and without reduction in the strength, or bioavailability of the cannabinoids.

How can tinctures help me?

These products are generally tasteless, or only slightly flavored by its carrier solution. Still, different brands have opted to fully flavor their cannabis tinctures, or add other concentrated ingredients to emphasize a particular effect. Product lines won’t just vary in strength, but also be tailored for specific uses, such as 1:1 CBD:THC products for physical relief, or tinctures intended for daytime consumption, or to promote sleep. All of them, though, adhere to state regulations and provide you precise information regarding the number of servings, dosage per serving, the total THC and other cannabinoid dosage in the bottle, as well as a full list of ingredients. 

Cannabis tincture is also versatile in use and can act as an additive: into other drinks, as an ingredient in a meal, or even a condiment like salad dressing. This will, however, revert their delivery system from sublingual to oral, and THC will have to take the long way through the digestive system for metabolization. It may lose some potency and not have as fast or reliable an onset of effects as dropper dosing would. But if you face dietary restrictions or allergies, dislike the taste of cannabis, or are even just curious about easy and discreet ways to infuse your own food, tinctures are a great option.

What’s in my tincture?

Traditionally, tinctures are alcohol-based concentrates, and the historical origins of cannabis tinctures are no exception. These days, most cannabis tincture is made by infusing cannabis concentrate in a carrier solution. Because THC is lipophilic, meaning it is attracted to fat and lipids, you often will see tinctures infused in oils high in unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats as the carrier solution. This includes grapeseed, avocado, coconut and even olive oil; another common carrier is MCT oil, or medium chain triglycerides, derived from food like butter, coconut and palm oil. These fat-soluble oils, in congruence with fat-loving THC, makes for a more thorough and even absorption of the THC, both into the oil during production and then the THC into your liver during metabolization. An added bonus is that these carrier solutions come packed with their own health benefits.

Whether you have specific reasons for wanting to try tincture or something here just piqued your interest, cannabis tinctures have made appearances throughout world history. Cannabis tinctures are easy and odorless. Taken sublingually, tinctures have a more rapid onset, but still have the flexibility to be taken as an edible. Either method still allows for more precise, measured dosing. Come by Ermont to learn what in our selection may best serve you and your unique needs.

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