If you are consuming cannabis for a health-related issue, you want to ensure your method of delivery is effectively and efficiently addressing your concerns without creating negative side effects. Like any medicinal treatment, you want to be able to control your dosage and monitor improvements over time. Frequently, cannabis users mistakenly believe the only way to receive the therapeutic value of cannabis is by inhaling it. But smoking or vaping is not appropriate for everyone. Those who are sensitive to smoke or suffer from respiratory disease, for example, should not light up. This is why cannabis tincture products have become increasingly popular. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of tinctures.
What is a Cannabis Tincture?
Tinctures are made in laboratories when scientists extract the chemical compounds from the cannabis plant into a substrate.
Tinctures can have a base of alcohol, oils, or glycerin, and each kind is produced with a slightly different method. Some brands have patented methods they market as superior, but it’s also possible to make your own directly from the plant.
Think about the ash that is left behind when you combust cannabis in a pipe or rolled in papers. The fibrous plant matter is the cellular structure that supports the compounds that make cannabis such a powerful treatment. Tinctures are simply the result of a process that removes the fiber for digestion in a different way.
What are the Benefits of Tinctures?
Tinctures allow the benefits of cannabis without the harm associated with smoking. By taking a dropper-full of cannabis orally, you can also be much more discreet. You don’t have to worry about having a special device, like a vaporizer. That means you’ll be able to use your cannabis whenever and wherever.
Tinctures also make it easier to gauge dosage. Because cannabis is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration, there is no exact serving size prescribed for specific conditions. This means it’s up to the user to listen to their bodies and determine whether they should increase or decrease the amount they are consuming. Starting with small amounts is easier when you can measure within the dropper.
How Do You Take a Tincture for Health?
If your tincture is cannabis extracted into an oil, you simply squeeze the dropper bottle to fill the chamber with the amount that’s best for you. Put the liquid under your tongue and hold it there for 30 to 45 seconds, then swallow it. If the tincture is in alcohol, it’s best to put it in a small glass of water and hold that liquid in your mouth before swallowing.
Waiting for a few seconds is important because the process allows the cannabis compounds to be absorbed transdermally, through the thin skin in your mouth. You’ll feel the benefits of the cannabis faster than if your body digests it. Still, you’ll want to wait about 45 minutes before deciding to take more.
Make sure not to touch the dropper with your mouth or allow foreign objects to touch the dropper. This can impact the shelf life of your cannabis tincture. Keep the tightly closed bottle away from heat on a dark shelf. It should last indefinitely, or until you’re ready for your next bottle.