Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based cannabis extracts. Also called “green,” “golden dragon,” or “green dragon,” cannabis tinctures are produced using high percentage alcohol to extract terpenes and cannabinoids from the rest of the cannabis plant material. The marijuana must be decarboxylated to make sure that all the ingredients are active. If not, the effects of the drug will not be as potent as they could be.
Cannabis tinctures come in glass bottles with droppers and are therefore considered to be one of the best ways to consume cannabis for precise dosing.
Tinctures are more user-friendly than other forms of cannabis, and therefore a good entry point for both medical and recreational cannabis users who are looking to ease into smokeless methods of consumption.
Tinctures are consumed orally, just like edibles. It can be swallowed directly, applied sublingually, or blended with any dish you are cooking.
The really great thing about tinctures is that they are faster acting compared to the typical edible. So there is no need to wait 2-3 hours to find out your whether your medicine worked. This also means that shortly after taking a dose of tincture, you would be able to tell whether you will need more doses or not.
Before cannabis was prohibited in the U.S., tinctures were the most common and widely used form of medical cannabis.
Today, however, tinctures are not as popular as other cannabis consumption methods like smoking and concentrates. The good thing, though, is that they are still available in medical cannabis dispensaries.
How do you dose cannabis tinctures?
Cannabis tincture dosages are very easy to measure. You can start with 1mL of your tincture and place it under your tongue. Wait until you feel the effect and if you are happy, that’s it. If you are not happy with the effect, you can try putting 2mL of tincture under your tongue the following day. You can increase the volume each day until you get the effect you desire.
Cannabis tinctures can last for several years if they are stored in a cool and dark place. This long shelf life means that you can make large quantities of cannabis tinctures at once, providing you with an accurate and convenient way to ingest the drug.
Benefits of cannabis tinctures
When consumed sublingually, cannabis tinctures take effect in just a matter of minutes. Usually, this is anywhere from 15 and 45 minutes, and you will reach your peak high in around 90 minutes. This is because the tincture is directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucus membranes in your tongue, as well as through the multitude of capillaries. This particular process lessens the amount of time cannabinoids need to take effect. It also improves the efficiency of cannabinoid absorption, which means that you will need less tincture to feel its effects.
Meanwhile, by simply drinking or swallowing the dose, you can expect a slower onset, much like that of traditional edibles.
Other than the faster onset, cannabis tinctures are a low-calorie alternative to the traditional marijuana-infused brownie. A tincture with 190-proof alcohol, for instance, has about 7 calories per mL, which is a lot less than the 112 calorie count of a typical brownie.
Tinctures are also more discrete. They don’t smell like other weed products. With its glass bottle packaging, complete with dropper, they look like any other medicine.
Cannabis tinctures also allow for a more precise dosing. With flowers, edibles, and concentrates, it is easier for you to unintentionally take a higher dose than necessary. Meanwhile, with tinctures you get to take only a few drops at a time until you experience the effect you desire.
Consuming cannabis in tincture form is also a lot simpler than smoking. So it is just perfect for those who do not like smoke.