Cannabis tinctures vs. edibles: Which one is right for you? This match-up between cannabis-infused products is a close call. Each product has its unique advantages and disadvantages depending on your consumption preference or medical condition. Here’s an explainer on the pros and cons of cannabis tinctures and marijuana edibles.
What Are Cannabis Tinctures and Edibles?
Technically, cannabis tinctures are edibles. Edibles are cannabis-infused food, beverages, and other ingestible products that provide powerful and long-lasting relief. Common edibles include brownies, cookies, pretzels, sugary drinks, and more. Cannabis tinctures are alcohol or oil-based extracts that can be added into food and drinks or taken alone sublingually.
Marijuana edibles are made by using an infused cannabutter or canna-oil. Cannabis flower or cannabis concentrates can be used to make edibles to replace the regular oil or butter in any recipe. Both tinctures and edibles can be found in intoxicating and non-intoxicating products. Whether you’re looking for that buzz or clear-headed experience, tinctures and edibles have got you covered.
Oral vs Sublingual Consumption
Smoking and vaping are the most popular consumption methods and involve inhaling the smoke or vapor resulting from heating the flower or concentrate at relatively high temperatures. Weed’s effects after inhalation appear in as little as five to 10 minutes. For instant relief, it’s hard to beat smoking a joint or taking a dab.
Oral consumption occurs when you ingest a marijuana edible in the form of capsules, baked goods, drinks, and tinctures. When consumed orally, the compounds have to travel through the body’s digestion system to become metabolized and then released into the bloodstream. Cannabis’ THC compound converts into a metabolite (11-Hydroxy-THC) with stronger and longer-lasting effects than THC.
Sublingual consumption, on the other hand, places the compounds directly into the bloodstream without having to go through the digestive tract and the liver. You can add a few drops (or more) of the tincture under your tongue for at least 20 seconds and wait until a good amount of cannabinoids have absorbed into your body.
When taken under the tongue, the tincture can have much faster-acting effects than edibles, which can take hours for the effects to kick in. Edibles, however, can provide slightly longer effects (up to eight hours) compared to the effects of tinctures which can last up to six hours. The longer-lasting effects can make all of the difference for some users.
Cannabis Tinctures vs Edibles: Pros and Cons
In terms of convenience, both tinctures and edibles are easy to carry in a purse, bag, or pocket. Unlike smoking, which requires a smoking device, a lighter, and flower, tinctures and edibles require no assembly. All you need to do is munch on some delicious snacks or add a few drops of tincture under your tongue.
In terms of potency, edibles and tinctures are hard to beat depending on how much you want to consume. Edibles, however, usually contain fewer total cannabinoids compared to tinctures, which can contain up to 1,000 milligrams of THC. If you are looking for those high concentrations and don’t want to get full, tinctures are the way to go.
Edibles can be a nice treat to enjoy from the comfort of your home or with friends. tinctures Can go into nearly any food or drink so you can have any type of edible you want, technically. In terms of variety and versatility, tinctures can’t be beaten. temperatures are available in natural or flavored varieties so you can enjoy them alone or in your favorite food.
Medical Application of Tinctures and Edibles
Cannabis can treat a wide range of medical conditions and symptoms through many forms including whole-flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals. Tinctures and edibles can provide you with a rush of energy, a dose of relaxation, and a dash of concentration. While these effects can be enjoyed recreationally, medicinal users may depend on cannabis’ therapeutic value.
For severe and debilitating pain and conditions, edibles can provide you with the high concentrations of cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and more) needed to make a dent in the pain, inflammation, and seizures. Cannabis edibles and tinctures can both help patients with everything from sleep problems to chemotherapy treatment.
Tinctures, however, can be easier to consume for those with appetite problems and nausea, as well as those who can’t eat as much. Eating an entire brownie to find the mildest of relief can get burdensome. Instead, medical users may opt for the concentrated tincture, which can be tasteless and make a great addition to a meal or a cup of tea.
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