Does tincture get you high? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions about this cannabis-infused product. The answer, however, isn’t so straightforward. There are many different types of cannabis tinctures, each with a unique set of ingredients, flavorings, and cannabinoid concentrations that determine the extent of its effects.
What Is A Cannabis Tincture?
First, let’s take a look at the product itself. Cannabis tinctures are alcohol or oil-based marijuana extracts, but most dispensaries sell oil-based tinctures due to regulations against blending alcohol and cannabis such as in cannabis-infused alcoholic beverages. Medicinal preparations of marijuana became widely available in American pharmacies in the 1850s until cannabis became illegal. Modern, oil-based tinctures are available for medicinal and recreational use and offer users an alternative to smoking or vaping marijuana.
Cannabis tinctures can be derived from the marijuana or hemp plant. Both varieties belong to the same plant species. The only difference is that marijuana is traditionally bred to produce THC-rich buds, while hemp produces CBD-rich flower and should legally contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
Benefits Of Using Cannabis Tinctures
Regardless of what type of cannabis tinctures you try, there are numerous benefits of using cannabis tinctures. Cannabis tinctures are discreet. There’s none of the smoke or vapor associated with inhalation methods. You also eliminate the smell associated with lighting up, which is a dead giveaway. Cannabis tinctures can come in discreet packaging that makes it look like any other wellness product.
Cannabis tinctures are also easy to dose. They usually come with a dropper so you can easily dose and consume them as needed throughout the day. Tinctures also provide you with a quick onset of effects compared to other delivery methods. If you’re looking for a high or a non-intoxicating experience, cannabis tinctures are the way to go.
Does THC Tincture Get You High?
Cannabis-derived THC tinctures can definitely get you high. THC and CBD are the two most common cannabinoids available. THC, however, is responsible for producing hallucinogenic and euphoric effects. The more THC you consume, the higher you’ll feel. THC tinctures can contain anywhere from 300mg to 1000mg per bottle.
It’s important to make a distinction between THC and its acid/non-activated form: THCA. THCA can be found in the raw cannabis plant, but decarboxylation methods such as heating weed in the oven at a certain temperature can convert the acid-based precursors into the active THC compound. THCA tinctures are non-intoxicating and have potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic, neuroprotective, and anti-emetic properties.
Does CBD Tincture Get You High?
Hemp-derived CBD tincture does not get you high. At least, it shouldn’t. If it does, you may have a mislabeled product on your hands. CBD produces a clear-headed and relaxing experience without the intoxication of THC. CBD tinctures can also contain a wide range of cannabinoid concentrations ranging from 300mg to 1,000mg of CBD per bottle.
Does 1:1 Tincture Get You High?
Here’s where it gets tricky. Some cannabis-derived tinctures (and other marijuana-infused products) contain a range of CBD and THC cannabinoid ratios. One of the most common ratios is 1:1 tinctures delivering a balance of cannabinoids. If you consume 1:1 marijuana tinctures, you are more likely to get high than using CBD-rich tinctures alone.
Instead of feeling supremely high as you would with a THC-only tincture, a 1:1 tincture can help you relax, slow down your stressful thoughts, and give you a slight buzz, depending on how much you take at a time. CBD is thought to balance the side effects of THC such as paranoia and anxiety.
Your ideal cannabinoid ratio depends on your marijuana tolerance. For new users, a low-THC ratio can provide an entry-level experience without the heavy narcotic effects. Any CBD:THC ratios greater than 10:1 are helpful for users who don’t want to experience a debilitating high. 2:1 or even 3:1 CBD:THC ratios also offer a balanced experience with a slight high.
How To Consume Cannabis Tincture
Once you’ve picked your ideal cannabis tincture, the way you consume it can also determine if and when you get high. If you’re new to tinctures, start off by dosing one milliliter under your tongue. Sublingual delivery is fast-acting due to its quick introduction into the blood vessels and the brain. If one mL isn’t enough, try two mL the next day and so on until you’ve reached the ideal dosage level and high.
If sublingual delivery isn’t your preferred method of consumption, you can also infuse your meals and drinks with your CBD or THC tincture. Ingesting tincture-based edibles isn’t as fast-acting as sublingual delivery because they must go through your digestive system. It can take about an hour to feel anything compared to about a 20-minute onset with sublingual tincture consumption.
When you consume your tincture sublingually, its effects can last longer than if you’d smoke or vaporize cannabis. Tinctures’ effects, including their high, can last for up to four hours. When ingested, tinctures’ (or any other edibles’) effects can last longer than most other consumption methods. Edibles’ effects can last from six to eight hours.
So, does cannabis tincture get you high? Absolutely, if you consume the right one with enough THC. If, however, you don’t want to be bogged down with its hallucinogenic effects, opt for a CBD-rich tincture to experience similar therapeutic effects without the high. The best thing about cannabis tinctures: it’s easy to make your own tinctures.