How to get the most out of cannabis tinctures
Tinctures are extracted cannabinoids which are mixed into an alcohol, glycerin or coconut oil solution. They are ideal for people using cannabis for medicinal reasons and for people who are new to cannabis.
One of the things that makes tinctures such an ideal delivery method is that they are administered via a syringe or dropper, allowing you to easily and accurately dose yourself in very small increments, counting each drop.
Tinctures also come in many non-psychoactive options, they carry little to no smell, and they don’t involve any vapor or smoke.
The most popular and beneficial way of taking them is sublingually so that the solution is absorbed in the body through the oral mucosal. To do this you use a dropper and place the cannabis solution underneath the tongue, holding it in the mouth for one minute before swallowing.
This way the cannabinoids and terpenes are absorbed through the tissue lining and enter the bloodstream, which increases the bioavailability of the cannabinoids.
If this is a method you are interested in here are 4 tips for you on how to get the most value from cannabis tinctures...
#1) Specific Cannabinoid Options
With tinctures, there are many choices aside from the typical sativa, indica and hybrid options.
Tinctures can be made with specific cannabinoids and some with different ratios. For example you can find CBD-THC ratios at 1:1, 3:1, 8:1, 20:1, and so on – whatever works best for a specific patient’s needs (it always takes a bit of trial and error to find your best ratio).
Each cannabinoid is known for helping to treat different symptoms or ailments and can cause different effects. You can find tinctures with THC which is psychoactive, CBD which is non-psychoactive, and in THCA and CBDA which are the non-psychoactive acidic forms of THC and CBD before they are exposed to heat.
Both THCA and CBDA are fairly new cannabinoids to be offered and studied, and a lot of patients – not all – are finding extremely positive outcomes for their specific condition.
#2) Using Whole-Plant Tinctures from Flower
Here at Green Flower we tend to favor whole-plant tinctures made from flower as opposed to trim. The flowers are the most cannabinoid and terpene-rich part of the plant. Trim does not have as many terpenes and is mostly comprised of THC at varying levels.
So whole-plant or full-plant tincture extracts will give you the fullest entourage effect from the cannabis and provide you with the best access to cannabinoids and terpenes.
The entourage effect is where all the compounds in cannabis work together to enhance the medicinal value of each of their individual properties.
#3) Choosing Alcohol Extractions
We also tend to favor tinctures that are made from an alcohol extraction process, since this process is the gentlest on the plant as it keeps the terpenes more intact.
Some extraction processes strip the terpenes from the cannabis and other extraction processes like CO2 break apart the bonds between the cannabis and terpenes and then reintroduce them.
Ultimately when you keep the terpenes completely intact with the cannabis that is when you experience the best benefits. Terpenes make the benefits of cannabinoids more effective on your system and they carry their own medicinal value as well.
Also, Alison Ettell from TreatWell – a leading cannabis tincture company here in California – makes all their tinctures from full-plant extraction and has said that with alcohol extraction she has seen that her clients are not building up a tolerance to the cannabis, so they use less to achieve the results that they need, which is a major plus for many.
#4) Choose Products with Testing and Proper Labels
When purchasing tinctures there are a few things you want to make sure to look for and favor. You want to make sure the bottle says how many total milligrams of THC and any other cannabinoids are present in it.
You also want a label that indicates how many milligrams are in each dropper, otherwise you will not be able to accurately and safely dose yourself.
We also recommend checking the company website before purchasing to make sure that the cannabis tincture has been lab tested for things like mold, pesticides, consistency, potency and residual solvent.
Want to learn more about cannabis tinctures?
If you are interested in learning more about tinctures and all the different ways that you can use them to help enhance your life and treat different conditions, then I highly recommend that you check out our recent Live Class that we did with cannabis tincture expert Alison Ettel.
This class is full of extremely useful information and will answer many of your questions around this topic in more detail.
Now we’d love to hear from you. Have you ever tried cannabis tinctures? If so let us know what your experience has been like and any tips you have in the comments below. This way we can all learn from each other as a community.
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