Cannabis oil tinctures are one of the oldest methods of consuming medical marijuana. In fact, before prohibition began in 1937, tinctures were the most common type of cannabis medicine in the United States.
While less common today, cannabis oil tinctures are still popular among patients, especially those who need to take regular doses of marijuana throughout their day. Like any other herbal tincture, a cannabis tincture is simply a concentrated liquid form of cannabis oil. This guide will cover what cannabis tinctures are, their benefits and common uses and how they differ from other forms of medical marijuana.
Most tinctures are taken by placing a few drops under the tongue, also known as sublingual or oral administration. When you take a tincture sublingually, the cannabinoids are absorbed rapidly by the blood vessels lining the inner tissues of the mouth, resulting in a quick onset of effects.
While the medical uses of THC are still being researched, there is evidence that it can be helpful in treating a wide range of conditions and disorders, including nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, sleep apnoea, glaucoma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many others.
According to some studies, THCA may be more effective than THC for treating nausea, pain, neurodegeneration and inflammation. THCA is found in raw fresh cannabis and is less psycho-active than THC.
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The effect of the tincture also depends on cannabis concentrate used, mainly THC, THCA, CBD and CBN.
The main benefit of cannabis tinctures is that you don’t need to smoke cannabis and thus one is able to avoid getting high if used correctly.
Tinctures also have some advantages over edibles. Firstly, tinctures contain fewer calories than marijuana-infused baked goods. Tinctures can also be kept for longer without spoiling. Unlike edibles, if tinctures are kept in a dark and cool cupboard or fridge, they should last for years.
Tinctures can be a good option for patients who need to be discreet about their medication. Unlike smoking or vaporising, consuming a tincture is quick and odourless. This means that tinctures can be taken in the same settings as any typical over-the-counter medication: at the office, in public places or anywhere else marijuana wouldn’t be considered socially acceptable.
Medical cannabis oil tinctures can be felt as quickly as 15 minutes after dosing. The effects of the tinctures also last for a shorter period of time allowing for micro-dosing throughout the day. A patient can consume small amounts, wait for the effects and take more if and when necessary. As with any form of cannabis, you should start with a low dose to establish your tolerance and to avoid the unwanted effects, getting high.
Our recommended tinctures consist of 1000mg of cannabinoid extract in 10ml MCT oil (1:10 dilution), with +-500 drops per dropper-top bottle. Each drop has roughly 2mg of cannabinoid extract. Available in either THC, CBD, CBG, THC|CBD (1:1), THCA and CBN.