There are numerous cannabis products on the market today. While smoking and vaping are two of the most common methods, they’re not always the most discreet. Today, you have many quick, easy ways to take your dose without drawing attention. One such method is tinctures. Here’s what you need to know about how to use a tincture and what benefits it provides.
What Is a Tincture?
A cannabis tincture is a liquid extraction of the cannabis plant. In most cases, the process involves mixing the plant with alcohol, but you may also find tinctures that are glycerine or coconut oil-based. The final product gets bottled into an opaque glass bottle and sealed with a dropper cap.
Like many other cannabis products, there are numerous types of tinctures available. There are full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate options. They come in various potencies, too. These options can help you to find something that best suits your needs.
Benefits of a Tincture
Tinctures provide several benefits, including:
Unlike smoking and vaping, tinctures produce no smoke or vapor. They also produce no odors. They come in small glass bottles that you can easily conceal. You can quickly take your dose and not have to worry about drawing attention to yourself.
When you take a tincture sublingually, the effects kick in within 15 to 30 minutes, meaning that you won’t have to wait long to feel relief.
They’re Easy to Dose
Tinctures come with a dropper attached to the lid. Many of the droppers have hash marks on them, so you can see the exact amount you’re getting. The dropper allows for accurate dosing every single time. Tinctures are also ideal for microdosing.
How to Use a Tincture
So, how exactly do you use a tincture? You have a few options, one of the most common being sublingual application. Using this method, you place your dose under your tongue so that the cannabinoids can absorb directly into your bloodstream.
How do you know what your ideal dose is? Finding it takes a little experimentation. The best way is to start low and go slow. Start with 0.25ml. You should start to feel the effects within 30 minutes. If you don’t, try another dose. If you’re brand-new to cannabis, you may want to wait a few hours before trying again. Gradually increase your dose until you feel the desired effects.
Another way to use a tincture is to swallow it. Alternately, you can add your dose to a food or beverage to mask the flavor if you don’t enjoy it. Keep in mind that, using this method, it will take longer to feel any effects. The cannabinoids first get processed through your liver before entering your bloodstream, so don’t expect to feel anything for 30 to 90 minutes.
You can also use your tincture topically. Glycerine and oil-based tinctures are good for this method of application. The cannabinoids absorb into your skin and bind with CB receptors there. Topical applications won’t get you high, no matter what the THC content.
Find a Tincture for You
Tinctures have become increasingly more popular and are widely available at many dispensaries. You’ll likely find numerous options to choose from. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, speak with a budtender. By answering a few questions, they can help you to find a product that can provide you with the results you seek.