Tinctures have been around for centuries and are made by infusing cannabis into a liquid. The most common liquid used is alcohol, though some tinctures use grapeseed or hemp oil.
Why Would You Use a Tincture?
They are convenient to carry around. Instead of carrying around raw marijuana and all of the accessories necessary to smoke it, your tincture will be in a small bottle that is easy for you to carry around. It is also easier to store.
They also last a long time. In fact, they can last for years if they are kept in a cool and dark place. However, it is important that you make sure that the lid is on tightly to prevent evaporation. You also need to shake it well before using it so that you get the full effect.
Tinctures are a discreet way to enjoy the potential benefits of cannabis. Since you aren’t smoking your cannabis, others won’t smell the smoke on you. They also won’t notice when you slip into the bathroom to put a dropper full underneath your tongue. Nobody has to know that you are using medical marijuana.
They can be a healthier way to get your dose. Tinctures are healthier and cleaner than other forms of marijuana. In fact, smoke from marijuana still contains carcinogens and other toxins. Even if you vape cannabis, you are still likely to be consuming carcinogens. In fact, tinctures (and edibles) are the healthiest way to get cannabis into your body.
Tinctures are low in calories. Many people enjoy edibles, only to quickly gain weight because of the brownies and other snacks that they are found in. You might be consuming 7 or so calories per ml of your tincture compared to the several hundred calories in your special brownie.
You don’t have to worry about overdosing. Because of the way that tinctures are made, they are very specific. A certain amount of cannabis is infused into a precise amount of liquid so you will always know how much you are ingesting. Most people also use a dropper so you can easily measure out the amount that you need. You will quickly be able to find the perfect amount that you need at a time.
How Can You Take Your Tincture?
Sublingually. Many people place the dropper of liquid under their tongues. The tincture needs to stay there for a minute or two before you can swallow it. It will be absorbed through the membranes under your tongue and in your mouth. It should reach your bloodstream almost immediately, meaning you may feel the potential effects pretty quickly. The effects of tinctures taken this way may last up to three hours.
Many people use tinctures sublingually when they are in really bad pain. They may get the relief that they need fairly quickly.
Orally. You can also just swallow your tincture, though it will take longer to work. You should expect to see possible results within an hour or two. They should last up to six hours or so.
Add it to food or liquids. Many people like to add their tinctures to their coffee or tea. If you want to add it to your food, you may want to mix it in with your pudding or yogurt. This is done to mask the taste. You should see results within an hour or two. It will also last up to six hours or so.
Topically. Though this works better with cannabis oils, you can use your tinctures topically. This has potential applications for alleviating acne and other skin conditions. It won’t work for any wounds.
If you are struggling with pain and are considering the potential benefits of medical marijuana, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will be glad to talk to you about your experience so we can help you live a better pain-free life.
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