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Cannabis tinctures, otherwise known as THC tinctures, weed tinctures, or marijuana tinctures, are actually one of the most popular ways cannabis is consumed other than smoking and THC tincture benefits are many. Interestingly, it has always been an alternative means for extracting cannabis. And even after the invention of more subtle derivatives, such as edibles, cannabis tinctures remain a highly preferred choice among regular consumers. Let's take a look at some THC tincture benefits.
What is THC Tincture?
When we use the term tincture, we're practically referring to using alcohol as a solvent for extraction. In medicine, tinctures are one of the oldest methods of concentrating plant compounds. In fact, it's a historically-proven method for extracting valuable substances in a wide variety of plants, and that includes cannabis.
THC tinctures are, therefore, alcohol-based cannabis extract or cannabis-infused with alcohol. For people who prefer not to smoke, inhale, or vape marijuana, cannabis tincture is a perfect alternative to enjoy weed. THC is one of the over 100 cannabinoids naturally occurring in marijuana. It is also the only cannabinoid with a significant psychoactive property. Unlike CBD tinctures, a pure THC tincture is expected to make a person ‘high'.
People have been using marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes. This was even long before the US Department of Agriculture expressed support for the growth and public consumption of hemp and cannabis, or even the passing of the Farm Bill into law.
Here, in this piece, well take a closer look into some of the already-known benefits of THC tincture, as well as the different ways in which THC tinctures are administered.
Benefits of THC Tincture
#1 Minimum effective dose
Using tinctures is a great way to understand your tincture tolerance. Tinctures can help you learn your minimum effective dose (MED). MED also means the smallest amount of cannabis that is potent enough for managing your condition. This knowledge can save you money and trouble. It can also help you select the right products, which can result in more effective treatment. You may need to stagger or spread the dosage into multiple uses throughout the day. However, allow at least 60 mins so that the effect of the last dosage mamanifest.
For calorie-conscious users, tinctures are the perfect alternative. The thing about edibles is that they can be high in calories, especially those made from butter-infused cannaoil. Tinctures, on the other hand, are low in calories. So, if you're watching your weight, this is an excellent way to achieve what you want. On average, tinctures contain far less calories than most baked cannabis goods.
#3 Produces a longer-lasting effect
Cannabis medicinal patches, such as the nicotine patch or muscular inflammatory patch, deliver THC tinctures directly to the bloodstream through a transdermal application. And this creates a longer-lasting ‘high' than any other methods. Obviously, ingesting the tinctures is more potent than most other methods of consuming cannabis.
#4 Reducing pain and inflammation
When applied topically, THC tinctures are tremendously helpful in making the sensation of pain disappear. Also, we can use its anti-inflammatory properties for fighting off the effects of arthritis, joint pain, and muscle pain. For this reason, it's been made into cannabis lotions for bodily use.
#5 Tinctures are just comfortable
They're easy to carry around. They're comfortable and convenient. You can store them in glass dropper bottles, in a cool dark pantry, or a refrigerator.
#6 Multiple means of administration
Administering tinctures can be done in many different ways. You can apply them through the sublingual application, by ingesting it into food, or by applying the tinctures topically now. You can add it to your edibles or other food items, including beverages. This means that you don't have to smoke or vape your cannabis after all.
#7 Accelerated effect of cannabis
Actually, this is one of the most significant benefits of marijuana tinctures. If you ingest or take it by sublingual application, it is absorbed straight away into the bloodstream.
In this case, the alcohol in the final product helps accelerate the rate of absorption of the cannabinoids into the bloodstream.
#8 They have longer shelf-life
If stored in a cool, dry place or a refrigerator, marijuana tinctures can last up to a year and more. You can take the tincture in bits and add it to your meal or other edibles such as juice, smoothies, beverages, etc.
However, to ensure good preservation, you need to keep the lid tightly closed and be sure to shake it well before consuming.
#9 Variety of choice in deciding how to use the product
As discussed in the next session, you'll find that there are basically three perfect and effective methods available to everyone who wants to go for THC tinctures. You're at liberty to settle for any method which suits you the most.
#10 They can be infused into a wide variety of products
Just like cannabutter, THC tinctures can be used to make a wide range of subtle and exquisite products, many of which are already on the market today.
Administration of THC Tincture
You can add tinctures to food and beverages in many ways. However, there are other ways of administering tinctures. Discussed below are the different ways in which THC tinctures can be issued.
#1 Sublingual administration
Sublingual administration is the preferred method of administration because it allows for the tincture's rapid absorption through the sublingual artery.
With sublingual administration, the tincture's active ingredients are typically transmitted directly into the bloodstream through the lining of the mouth. Compared to being metabolized in the gut or liver, the inherent cannabinoids are neither lost nor degraded, and this may eventually result in a smaller dose than expected.
While sublingual application allows for a rapid onset of 15 – 30 minutes, peak effects are typically felt around 90 minutes.
An alternative method of administering THC tinctures is by ingesting them as edibles. You can take the tincture directly or indirectly through food or fruits. When administered in this way, the THC is converted to 11-hydroxy-THC, a more potent form of the original THC compound.
However, you should know that there's a delay in onset with this method by about two hours, but the effect produced is more potent than you'd typically get from sublingual administration.
Tinctures can also be applied topically, although this method of application is more popular with cannabis-infused oils. Specifically, topical applications for tinctures are best for conditions like acne, eczema, skin irritation, and injuries that go far beneath the surface of the skin. It is not advisable to apply directly over wounds.
THC tincture remains one of the oldest and best ways cannabis-infused products can be enjoyed and used productively. At the Cannabis Training University, you can expand your understanding of the subject and become an expert.
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Karen gained expertise in developing training programs and technical documentation as a Senior Editor at Cisco Systems. She began her journey in cannabis as a patient, searching for a way to heal herself. When she perfected a method for making cannabis oil, other patients began to seek her out. An early adopter of CBD medicine, she started her CBD-infused-products business in 2014. Over the last two decades, Karen has taught hundreds of patients and caregivers how to select strains, infuse oils, and extract cannabinoids.
When she isn’t teaching cannabis cooking classes, Karen works as a cannabis business consultant, writes for online cannabis publications like Cannabis Training University, Leafly, and Weedmaps, and runs a CBD-infused-product business.