How to Consume Cannabis Infused Tinctures
Cannabis infused tinctures are typically produced by steeping cannabis in alcohol. Tinctures can also be created with medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil, glycerin, as well as olive oil. Tinctures created using olive oil are growing in popularity among cultivators as olive oil offers a longer shelf life and healthier option. Tinctures can be found both high in CBD and/or THC depending upon your desired effect.
Dosing with Cannabis Infused Tinctures
Tinctures are typically consumed using a glass dropper, sublingually or under the tongue. Tinctures can be high in THC so it’s important to tread lightly initially until you find an ideal dosing regimen. One of the major benefits of consuming cannabis tinctures sublingually is the rapid rate of absorption into the body. By leaving a few drops under your tongue, cannabis is absorbed into the arterial system and makes its way directly to the brain. If you don’t feel the effects right away, don’t rush to re-dose. Any cannabis not absorbed sublingually is swallowed by a user and makes its way to the digestive tract where it is absorbed much like an edible. Where edibles typically take longer to feel the effects of cannabis, tinctures can offer rapid absorption from sublingual dosing as well as delayed effects from digestive absorption when swallowed.
A Brief History of Cannabis Tinctures
Cannabis tinctures have been used for a number of ailments dating back to the pre-prohibition days. The US Pharmacopeia had listed cannabis tinctures as a treatment for alcoholism, arthritis, cholera, gout, menstrual cramps, tetanus, among other conditions before the US government decided to ban cannabis nationwide. With the current rate of medical legalization we’re seeing in the United States, cannabis tinctures are now and will continue to be an effective way to treat a number of health conditions.
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