Nowadays there are many different ways to consume cannabis, but some are undoubtedly more convenient than others. Like tinctures. Tinctures are a favorite among medical cannabis patients and are a great way for health-conscious cannabis consumers to enjoy everything that cannabis has to offer, with none of the smoke.
What Is a Tincture?
Tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts that are most commonly made using either alcohol, and sometimes using glycerin. Tinctures are very similar to CBD/THC oils and usually come in the same style of small glass bottle, with a dropper included for dosing.
Traditionally, tinctures were made by placing cannabis plant material and alcohol/glycerin together in a glass jar. The jar was then sealed and the mixture is left to settle for a number of months, being occasionally shaken or stirred. The liquid solvent effectively stripped away the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds, leaving behind spent plant matter to be filtered out. The final product was a liquid that possesses the effects of cannabis, without the cannabis itself.
Tinctures are one of the oldest ways of consuming concentrated plant compounds for medicinal purposes. Before prohibition, tinctures were the most popular form of medical cannabis in America.
Now, cannabis producers have more sophisticated methods of creating tinctures. They can more effectively extract the crucial components of the cannabis plant without letting it sit in alcohol for months.
Why Use a Tincture?
There are many advantages to using tinctures. For starters, tinctures can be dosed accurately and consumed discreetly. Thanks to quick and easy sublingual application, tinctures are a great option for private and discreet dosing that won’t draw attention. And thanks to the dropper application method, it’s easy to know exactly how much of what you are consuming.
Additionally, tinctures are a low-calorie alternative to edibles, making them a great option for anyone counting calories. Tinctures can also be safely stored for long periods of time. If stored in a cool, dark place tinctures can last for years.
Using a Cannabis Tincture
Tinctures are versatile cannabis products that can be used in several different ways. Most commonly, tinctures are loaded up inside a dropper and applied sublingually (under the tongue) where its contents can be absorbed by membranes around the tongue and the cheeks.
When applied sublingually, the effects of a tincture can often be felt within minutes, but can take about 45 minutes to peak.
Instead of being applied sublingually, tinctures can also be swallowed to produce effects more similar to an edible. Additionally, tinctures can be mixed into other liquids or foods for easy, convenient, and delicious dosing. When swallowed, tinctures can take a little bit longer to kick in than when applied sublingually. Want to try out a cannabis tincture for yourself? Stop by today or check our Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo menus to order online.