What is a Cannabis Tincture?
A tincture is a liquid extraction made by mixing herbs into an alcohol, glycerine, or coconut oil solution. This “extracts” the therapeutic properties of the plant material. The finished solution is bottled and administered with a dropper for precise dosing.
Alternative medicine practitioners in European countries have been bottling and prescribing herbal tinctures for centuries to treat the symptoms of a variety of ailments. However, cannabis tinctures only first appeared in the US Pharmacopoeia in 1942 and their popularity waned thereafter. This had little to do with the medicinal attributes of cannabis and a lot to do with politics, the invention of the hypodermic needle, and water-soluble analgesics.
With the recent legalization of medical cannabis and more recently recreational use in many states, customers have an opportunity to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis tinctures which utilize this ancient process to isolate cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant into specific formulas aimed to address a variety of health and wellness goals.
How Soon will I Feel the Effects?
Cannabis tinctures are known to be fast-acting because they can be administered sublingually, or under the tongue. The sublingual method provides optimal absorption into the bloodstream. Once a dose is placed under the tongue, it is recommended to wait for at least 15 seconds to one minute before swallowing in order to experience the maximum effect, which should occur within 15 to 30 minutes. Relief with cannabis tinctures can last up to four to six hours per dose.
How to Choose a Ratio that’s Right for You
There are a variety of choices when you are in the market for a cannabis tincture. Finding the right product and ratio is entirely specific to one’s own health goals and desired outcomes. Understanding cannabis and its most common properties — THC and CBD — is an important first step towards achieving the correct ratio in a cannabis tincture.
It is well known that THC produces the psychoactive effect in cannabis, but a lesser known fact is that CBD dampens the psychoactivity of THC. In respect to cannabis tinctures, seeking the right dose requires an individual to know whether or not they want to experience the “high.”
Dr. Raw Organics, one brand of cannabis tinctures carried at Torrey Holistics, offers a great example of ratios ranging from high CBD to high THC. They created three effective formulas to take the guesswork out of dosing. Their Focus Formula, a 20:1 CBD:THC ratio tincture, is developed to promote all of the therapeutic properties of CBD without the “high” of THC. Conversely, their Balance Formula boasts a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio for a moderately psychoactive, yet functional “high.” Finally, with 20:1 THC:CBD, Dr. Raw’s Relax Formula highlights the psychoactive effects of the cannabis plant with a total recipe for relaxation.
These three formulas are the foundation of the cannabis patient’s personal journey and can be used together to identify the perfect ratio for each individual. For example, taking a high-CBD tincture in the morning can promote energy and focus, whereas taking a high-THC tincture at night can induce sedation and relaxation. Furthermore, experimenting with various custom ratios can help consumers find a cannabis regimen that is tailored towards achieving a desired effect.
How Much Do Tinctures Typically Cost?
Cannabis tinctures are typically sold in 15ml and 30ml bottles with costs ranging anywhere from $45 to $128 retail, depending on brand, formulation, and cannabinoid content. The fact that cannabis tinctures allow patients to precisely control dosing makes them among the most cost-effective cannabis products on the market. Visit Torrey Holistics or shop online for a wide variety of cannabis tinctures and a helpful staff that can guide your tincture buying process.
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