Cannabis tinctures are derived using careful extraction methods. A solvent like alcohol separates cannabinoids (such as THC), terpenes, and other compounds from the cannabis plant. This process is similar to how vanilla cooking extract is obtained using alcohol extraction. In some cases, CO2 extraction or other methods may be used.
The extracted cannabis compounds are then filtered to ensure they contain only the desired cannabinoids and beneficial parts. In some cases, cannabinoids or terpenes may also be added to help with stress relief or better sleep.
These compounds are then mixed with a carrier oil so they’re optimally bioavailable (usable by the body). Some popular carrier oils include:
Some of these oils have their own benefits, which can add to the efficacy of the tincture.
Bioavailability is a term used in pharmacology, nutritional, and environmental sciences. It refers to the degree and rate at which an administered compound is absorbed by your body’s circulatory system.
When a compound is bioavailable, the body can absorb a large percentage of it consistently. The method of administration plays a crucial role in bioavailability.
Sublingual administration is the gold standard for cannabis tinctures. This involves using the pipet to get your desired dose, squeezing the dropper to place the tincture under your tongue. Let the tincture sit there for 20-60 seconds so it dissolves and gets absorbed through the blood vessels under your tongue.
By using the tincture sublingually, you avoid metabolic processing through the stomach and liver. This means a faster and more complete uptake of cannabinoids and beneficial plant compounds. No accessories or equipment are needed – only the bottle of tincture and the pipet it comes with.
It can take anywhere from 15-40 minutes to feel the effects, similar to smoking a pre-roll. As with anything, your metabolic rate, hydration, and other factors can impact how fast cannabis is processed.
Cannabis tinctures don’t have to be taken sublingually. You can also take them orally (directly into your mouth) or mix them with foods or drinks.
Tip: make sure your food or drink has at least a small amount of fat in it (e.g., coffee creamer or butter) to help the tincture blend.
Despite how new cannabis tinctures may seem at Cape Cod dispensaries, they’ve been a long-time staple in the industry.
Until they were banned in 1937, tinctures were the primary form of medicinal cannabis. Since many states have legalized cannabis alongside Massachusetts, tinctures have made a comeback. Here’s why:
You can store tincture next to your toothbrush in the bathroom, lock it away in the medicine cabinet, or stick it in your coat pocket. Much like edibles (such as gummies), tinctures are discrete to use and perfect for those who just want something that works.
Taken sublingually, tincture gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream through capillaries under your tongue. This means less cannabis is wasted.
If stored in a dark glass bottle at cool or room temperature, tinctures can maintain their potency for up to two years. Their expiration depends on the carrier oils and additives.
Discover a selection of cannabis-infused tinctures at our Provincetown dispensary. The helpful staff at Hennep is happy to make recommendations and help you find the tincture that best suits your needs.
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