Tincture is not something new. It has been around for years and, in fact, has been widely used before cannabis was banned in 1937. Tincture by definition is an extraction of active cannabinoids from plant material. Tinctures are easy to use and are typically purchased in dropper bottles to be administered sublingually (under the tongue). The medicine is rapidly absorbed into the arterial system and is quickly transported to the brain and body. All a consumer needs to do with tincture is use a few drops, wait for the desired medical effects, and either use more or stop as the situation indicates. Dosing will vary greatly by patient tolerance and metabolism, but effects are felt much quicker compared to eating an edible. One trick is to not swallow the dose as, if swallowed; absorption will be in the GI tract. Many patients, though, add their tincture to a cup of tea or cranberry juice for easy delivery. When tincture is used in a beverage, absorption will be slower than if absorbed under the tongue. This method is often desired due to the burn associated with alcohol tinctures.
Many patients who utilize and benefit from medical cannabis do not wish to smoke due to the perceived health hazards of smoking or for other personal reasons. Cannabis products are available today that provide significant relief without smoking and if edibles aren’t your thing don’t give up! There are plenty of cannabis edibles that don’t involve a lot of calories or wait time to feel the effects. Tinctures allow for faster, more manageable dosing.
Tinctures come in a few varieties and are either alcohol based or glycerin based, but both provide the same effect. The glycerin based tincture will require a bit more volume for the same effect. This type of effects felt will be determined by the strain of cannabis, Indica vs. Sativa vs. Hybrid, used to make the tincture. Refer to the section on strains to determine what best fits individual needs.