Tinctures are solutions of a medicinal substance in alcohol or water. They get their name from the fact that they’re often administered orally, sublingually, or mixed in food and beverages–making them super easy and convenient to use. Marijuana tincture offers cannabis users a popular way to consume without combustion (smoking) or inhalation (vaping).
What is a Marijuana Tincture?
A tincture is a liquid preparation that contains high percentages of alcohol and comes in dropper-top bottles. A tincture, in essence, is cannabis-infused alcohol produced according to a defined procedure.
Marijuana tincture is a type of cannabis-derived product that uses a solvent (alcohol) to extract cannabinoids (THC and CBD) and terpenes from the cannabis plant. Tinctures are distinct from traditional cannabis oils in that they utilize alcohol as both a solvent and an ingredient in the end product.
Did you know that tinctures were the primary form of cannabis-based medicine for decades? In fact, they remained such until the United States made consumption of cannabis illegal. Presently, an increasing number of states are legalizing medicinal and/or recreational use of cannabis products– reintroducing tinctures in the process.
Although some people may prefer to create DIY tinctures, most customers usually choose professionally prepared ones as they are more convenient and typically deliver better results. While making a homemade marijuana tincture can be time-consuming, purchasing high-quality alternatives from your favorite dispensary is often a much more pleasant and reliable experience.
How are Marijuana Tincture Used?
Tincture drops are usually taken sublingually, or by placing them under the tongue. They can also be mixed into other foods and drinks, such as smoothies, salads , and soups. Some people prefer tinctures because they contain very few calories compared to edibles like cookies or brownies.
The simplest way to consume a marijuana tincture is sublingually, which allows you to feel the full effects quickly because the medication enters your bloodstream directly through blood vessels under your tongue. Finding the right dose might take some time and patience, but it’s relatively easy once you get the hang of it. Most, if not all, tinctures come with a dropper that has milliliter (ml) measurements. To make sure everyone gets their ideal dosage, we recommend starting with 1 ml for beginners. For a marijuana tincture, place the liquid under your tongue, then use your tongue or finger to massage it into the tissue for 30 seconds before swallowing. Tinctures are quick-acting and will provide you with the desired effects rapidly.
Because the medication is absorbed via the digestive process, when a tincture is mixed into foods or beverages, the effects will take longer to manifest. The swallowed portion undergoes a second phase of onset as it travels through the digestive system. The time it takes for effects to begin is usually one to two hours.
The History of Marijuana Tincture
The first time marijuana tinctures were recorded to be used in Western medicine was in an 1843 medical journal. The article contained a recipe, so manufacturers andsellers of apothecaries and patent medicines began creating and selling tinctures soon after.
Tinctures first appeared in the United States Pharmacopeia – an almanac with a list of medicinal drugs, their effects, and usage instructions – under the name Extractum Cannabis Purificatum, or “purified extract of Indian hemp,” in 1851.
Mummies were even used to preserve entomological specimens in the ancient world. In fact, knowledge about medicines was so advanced at that time that Queen Victoria’s personal physician prescribed a marijuana tincture to ease her menstrual cramps. “Pure and taken carefully, [cannabis] is one of the most valuable medicines we have,” the doctor wrote.
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 in the US made possessing and transferring cannabis so difficult that it was practically outlawed. Additionally, four years later, cannabis was removed from the US Pharmacopeia.
How to Make Marijuana Tincture
You don’t have to be a professional chef or herbalist to make a marijuana tincture, but the process does take several weeks. If you want to try making your own tincture at home, here is a basic recipe with dosage instructions.
The solvent is alcohol, which is mixed with dried flower or cannabis extract and high-proof ethyl alcohol to be used as a solvent. The proof of the alcohol determines how much cannabinoids are absorbed. You’re ready to go after adding a few other common items (including a Mason jar, some coffee filters, and a measuring cup).
The decarboxylation of the cannabis plant’s flower is not required to experience the euphoric, intoxicating effects of cannabis in the tincture. To convert tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it must be heated before being combined with alcohol.
How to Make Marijuana Tinctures
Here is an easy tincture recipe:
- ⅛ ounce cannabis, whatever strain you choose
- 2 oz. 190-proof grain alcohol
- 1 Mason jar and lid
- 1 Coffee filter
- 1 Funnel
- 2 oz. bottle with eyedropper
- Decarb the cannabis.
- Combine cannabis and alcohol in jar.
- Seal the jar and store it in a cool, dark place for three weeks, shaking daily.
- After waiting three weeks, place the coffee filter in the funnel and then funnel into an eye-dropper bottle. To strain the cannabis from liquid, pour tincture in next.
- After you insert the eyedropper, store your homemade cannabis tincture in a cool location where it will last for at least one year.
Why Use Marijuana Tincture?
Tinctures are some of the most popular cannabis products. Users appreciate them for a variety of reasons, but those who enjoy tinctures frequently point to specific advantages. Tinctures have a few benefits over other types of cannabis products, such as raw flower or edibles. Let’s take a closer look at some of these advantages.
Tinctures Offer Convenience
When it comes to smoking marijuana, there are several things you’ll want. A grinder, a pipe, and a lighter are all necessary for example. Tinctures, on the other hand, include everything you’ll need to consume your cannabis in one container. Rolling papers, a torch, and various accessories aren’t required. In fact, you can even create your own THC tincture!
Tinctures Are More Discreet
Tinctures are a great method to consume cannabis. Even though many individuals prefer to smoke marijuana, tinctures provide a level of discretion that you can’t get from smoking. With usage, tinctures have no distinctive odor and may be taken whenever you choose without anyone being the wiser. As an aside, people who don’t want to smoke marijuana for health or respiratory reasons like tinctures because they’re simply taken orally.
Tinctures Offer More Precise Dosing
If you smoke marijuana or consume cannabis concentrates, determining how much CBD or THC you’re ingesting might be difficult. The cannabinoids in tinctures are suspended in a carrier substance. As a result, knowing the amount of milligrams present is straightforward. The Feel Collection: Feel Energized, Sativa Tincture contains 90.72mg of THC per bottle, for example. Knowing this, you can simply calculate how much THC would be in a dropper.
Tinctures May Deliver Quicker Effects
Tinctures, when taken sublingually, have a faster onset than other types of cannabis goods. An edible, for example, takes a long time to work because the food has to be digested by your body before entering your circulation.