Cannabis tinctures are versatile, coming in different formulas, ratios, and consumption methods. Choosing the right cannabis tincture for you can be a process. But with our guide you’ll better understand the possible benefits of your choices.
What’s a tincture?
A cannabis tincture starts with a cannabis distillate of cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The distillate is combined with an oil or alcohol for use. Packaging usually includes a dropper that patients can use for accurate dosing.
How do they work?
Cannabis tinctures are absorbed sublingually. This area under the tongue is dense with blood vessels that allow the cannabinoids to be absorbed quickly. To do this, place the dose under your tongue and hold it there for at least a minute. You may feel effects in as little as 15-30 minutes. The duration of the effect may be shorter compared to digesting tinctures.
Tinctures may also be swallowed and go through the digestive process. It can take 2-4 hours after ingesting a tincture to feel the full effects. The effects will last longer like other edibles, compared to sublingual consumption. Like with any edible, start low and go slow with dosing until you find what works best for you.
Many who use tinctures choose to combine the best of both methods. First, hold the dose under your tongue for at least a minute, then swallow what remains.
What ailments do cannabis tinctures best relieve?
In a study of 204 patients ages 75-102, researchers found 69% experienced relief of some symptoms. The most common ailments improved with tinctures were pain, insomnia, neuropathy, and anxiety. Additionally, in 32% of patients, opioid pain medication use was reduced. [Study]
Which tincture to choose?
Different tinctures use different cannabinoids in different ratios. We’ll cover three common tincture ratios.
CBD only – Tinctures with only CBD can be used for improving pain and anxiety. They are non-psychoactive, meaning you will not feel high. Worth noting, Flora Farms offers a CBDa tincture. CBDa is similar to CBD but can produce stronger benefits.
1:1 or balanced THC and CBD ratios – Did you know CBD is shown to be more effective when taken with THC? It’s true! Plus, 1:1 ratio tinctures were shown to have fewer associated side effects compared to other ratios. The THC will create psychoactive effects.
1:10 or other low-THC and high-CBD ratios – Tinctures with higher CBD than THC content are meant to maximize the benefits of combining both cannabinoids with less psychoactive effects.
Who most benefits from tinctures?
Tinctures are a great choice for a range of patient needs. Patients who wish to consume discreetly will like the lack of smell. It’s a smokeless option that, when taken sublingually, acts faster than edibles. Tinctures can be mixed in with food and drink, such as soups, smoothies, pasta, and coffee. Above all, tinctures are easy for beginners, requiring no gear, multiple methods for consumption, and accurate dose control.
Talk to your doctor about if cannabis tinctures may be right for you.
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Author: Emily Cross