With each day that passes, marijuana is becoming more and more accepted by the general public. Cannabis use will continue to become more popular, as more patients realize its healing effects. Numerous methods of use have been developed as the drug has gained popularity. This leads us to one of the most mysterious methods... tinctures. If you’re new to the world of medical marijuana, you’ve probably never heard of it. So, what is a tincture, exactly?
Tincture: A Concentrate
In order to understand what a tincture is, we must first understand what a concentrate is, since a tincture is a form of concentrate.
There are many different types of concentrates available on the market today. Concentrates are obtained through an extraction process. Solvents are a vital component to this process. The two most common solvents are butane and co2. These solvents strip the plant compounds, which results in a product that contains a heavy ‘concentrate’ of cannabinoids. As you probably know by now, the most popular cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
How to Use a Tincture
Tinctures were a common form of medical treatment in the early 1900's. It was a medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol. Today, not much has changed…
A tincture is a liquid form of cannabinoids that you take orally. It differs from edibles and cannabis-infused beverages in the fact that it does not have to enter your digestive tract. All you have to do is place a few drops under your tongue. Your body will immediately absorb the tincture. You will feel the effects in approximately 15-45 minutes. The effects will last longer than if you had smoked or vaped, but not quite as long as the effects from a butter or oil-based edible.
Who Should Use a Tincture?
Patients in need of quick relief may choose to use a tincture. This form of medical marijuana is extremely easy to access as marijuana concentrates are readily available. Tinctures are also a great option for patients who do not want to inhale marijuana through smoke or vapor. This method of use is also a better option for patients suffering from nausea, due to the fact that you don't have to eat it.