Are you ready to try something that may be the most noncontroversial way of ingesting cannabis yet? Consider a marijuana tincture. “Why would I want to do that,” you ask. Tinctures have been labeled by some individuals as the least appreciated of all marijuana goods.
People may think that sofa seats are worse than other types of seating because there aren’t as many fun (and risky) reefer rituals associated with them. However, this is simply not the case.
Tinctures are frequently overshadowed by raw flowers, joints, blunts, bongs, edibles, and dabbing – even though they function equally well…or sometimes better.
Yes, you read correctly. Tinctures are more effective for many people than other types of cannabis consumption, including creams, pills, gummies, and dissolvable strips. It all boils down to what you want from your marijuana and how you want to consume it.
Out of the myriad of ways to use marijuana, tinctures have been around for almost as long as the plant itself. Tinctures are a versatile way to medicate and can be used in different drinks or food recipes.
The Basic Science Of Tinctures
Without going too far into the science, here are a handful of key scientific facts that will help you understand tinctures.
Tinctures are cannabis extracts made using a focus of alcohol that is 25-60 percent. This creates a solution that is 50-120 proof, but some tinctures can have up to 90 percent (180 proof) liquor.
Alcohol is the most common solvent because it efficiently breaks down both acidic and basic components of plants. This results in more cannabinoids being present in tinctures made with cannabis.
After being evaporated, the marijuana tincture can be consumed internally as a vinegar or glycerin solution (a.k.a. glycerol), which is effective in removing all of the chemicals from the plant material, but they aren’t as efficient as alcohol when it comes to extracting everything from it.
Tinctures are made by mixing two substances, similar to how sugar is dissolved in water or Kool-Aid mix is combined into water. The hard component breaks down and becomes liquid, transferring its chemical makeup to the solution.
When you make a marijuana tincture, this procedure is similar and uses different substances. The alcohol in the tincture dissolves the plant material and all of its components (such as trichomes, cannabinoids, oils, terpenes, etc.). This results in a solution that can be consumed or administered sublingually.
The Benefits Of Marijuana Tincture
Marijuana tinctures have a variety of benefits, which we’ll go through in this article. THC tinctures’ effects on pleasure, and CBD tinctures’ pain-relieving capabilities are as follows:
- You feel the effects quickly
- You can easily control the amount of tincture you take
- Marijuana tinctures are discreet (meaning you don’t have to worry about standing out)
- Tinctures are safe
- Tinctures have a long shelf life when stored properly
If you want to get high, you would use THC tincture. However, if you want the benefits of CBD without getting high, then a CBD tincture is ideal for you because it can be used to cure:
- Low appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
- Chronic pain
- Artery blockage
- Bacterial growth
- Cancer cell growth
- Bone degeneration
- Muscle spasms
By having the aforementioned features, as well as being potent and user-friendly, this tincture can treat major medical problems quickly and effectively.
Does Marijuana Tincture Cause Side Effects?
The short answer is: The effects will be the same as smoking weed if you use a THC tincture. These include feelings of nervousness, hunger, etc.
There are several advantages to CBD oil that people often experience, such as dry mouth. Some individuals may view the minor side effects as a worthy price to pay in order to gain all of the medical benefits that cannabidiol has offers.
The other thing to be aware of is that CBD reduces your liver’s ability to process other drugs. However, this only becomes a problem if you replace one medication with a CBD-based medication.
However, if you take CBD supplements with other heart medicines, the beneficial effects of the CBD will be offset. That’s not a good thing. Always check with your doctor about incorporating CBD into your daily regimen since there may be adverse interactions.
Taking Marijuana Tinctures
Tinctures are easy to take- all you need to do is put a few drops from an eyedropper syringe under your tongue, and let it work its way into your system (without swallowing).
Osmosis occurs when a solvent (in this case, ethanol with all of its cannabis chemical components) passes through a semipermeable membrane (such as the tissue under your tongue), from one region of low concentration to another area of higher concentration. This is done in order to balance the concentrations on both sides of the barrier.
Are Marijuana Tinctures Right For You?
Sublingual osmosis is an ideal way to medicate for patients with stomach pain from conditions like ulcers, hyperactive gut, coeliac disease, and other digestion issues that would make eating less desirable.
Although cannabis smoke has not been linked to any form of cancer, some individuals may prefer taking cannabis tinctures sublingually to avoid inhaling any type of smoke into their lungs.
Tinctures are an excellent way to consume cannabis if you cannot smoke or vape, such as if you are very sick, old, or young.Tinctures let people of any age enjoy the therapeutic effects of marijuana.
Tinctures are a form of concentrated cannabis that is often chosen by experienced smokers for its discreet properties- you can use it in social situations without calling too much attention to yourself, unlike if you were smoking an entire blunt around people.
Cannabis has a distinctive aroma that attracts individuals to it, which may be beneficial or harmful depending on the location.
Tinctures are the discreet way to medicate or get a quick high. Just two or three drops under your tongue and you’re good to go; no attention-grabbing smoking, and no telltale smells.
When Will You Feel The Effects?
Tinctures provide users with a different high than smoking weed, as the effects take longer to kick in but don’t last as long. You should feel the impacts of two to three drops under your tongue within about 15 minutes.
Both tinctures and edibles are easily administered. They’re also more user-friendly, since they eliminate the need to break down and soak cannabis buds before using them in cooking or baking. Tinctures are superior to edibles when it comes to trial and error when determining the right amount of cannabis for your endocannabinoid system to function properly because they don’t require you to grind and soak cannabis buds first.
The “try-and-see” method is more commonly known as titration. It’s a simpler way of saying, “the process of trial and error by which you determine the appropriate quantity of cannabis for your particular endocannabinoid system to feel fantastic.” This phrase is frequently used by experts because it’s much easier to say than its definition.
What are the words in this sentence connected to one another? Why write 26 terms when you may just say one and get the same meaning? Titration is now the time to employ it.
To Swallow Or Not To Swallow?
You may drink your tincture without worrying about it harming you, but if you want to get the most out of sublingual absorption, you should hold it under your tongue.
However, when the delta-9-THC in your tincture enters your stomach, it is altered to 11-Hydroxy-THC in the liver. This can take anything from one hour to two hours or more depending on your metabolism.
Marijuana edibles are prepared in a specific machine that keeps the cannabis components’ potency. As a result, they take longer to impact than other types of edibles. They may also differ depending on 11-Hydroxy-THC’s presence.
According to The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), ingested marijuana, especially 11-Hydroxy-THC, can produce effects that are up to four times stronger than inhaling Delta-9-THC. However, according to Jay R. Cavanaugh Ph.D., it takes far more oral cannabis, anywhere from four to ten times as much, in order to experience comparable effects.
Don’t swallow the tincture if you want it to work quickly – let it dissolve under your tongue for around 30 seconds instead.
When you take a tincture, you’re also consuming alcohol — albeit very little. In addition to the alcohol, your tincture will be around 60% THC. That’s a lot of marijuana!
Cannabis and alcohol have a comparable chemical makeup, which means they can go well together. Because THC and alcohol have the same chemical structure, mixing them may be quite dangerous. Begin with a small tincture titration; learn to feel for how potent your medication is before increasing the amount.
If you have never consumed cannabis before, we recommend starting slowly with only two or three drops. Wait at least an hour and a half before consuming more so that you can gauge the effects.
The oil must be absorbed into your circulation after 30 to 60 minutes, giving the cannabinoids time to travel throughout your body and be properly processed.
Determining how much tincture you received will enable you to understand the impacts it will have on your body and mind after an hour and a half. Tincture titration expertise is recommended before taking another dose.
It’s a good idea to wait one hour before eating edibles. This allows your body to empty its system, preventing the introduction of new THC (or CBD) on top of existing THC.
Taking All The Tincture In
Tinctures have been used as a time-tested marijuana technique in the United States and throughout the world for ages before they became harder to obtain our medicine. Tinctures are making a comeback in today’s cannabis industry since they are more efficient than edibles at delivering precise, proportional doses of cannabis to new patients.
Make sure to hold your tincture drops under your tongue for around 30 seconds before swallowing them so that they may go throughout your body and provide you with a powerful euphoric effect.
Tinctures are a cheaper alternative to other methods, and can be found at most dispensaries. The traditional method of making tincture takes several weeks, but the hot dragon method is significantly faster.
The cold method is less time-consuming and requires less effort from you, so we recommend trying it first. Tinctures can take a little while to make otherwise. Enjoy!