It's All About the Drop: Diving into Tinctures
by Mina Ciepiela
Cannabis tincture is the most underrated - yet effective means of consumption. Coincidentally, it is also the method of which gets the least notoriety. Tinctures have been used throughout the history of medicine prior to its banning in 1937. Easy and incredibly fast to consume, as well as simple to measure the dosages, tinctures are an effective and manageable way to medicate for a wide range of patients.
The process of making a tincture is relatively easy and yields a high number of dosages from small portions of cannabis or hemp. Cannabis/Hemp tinctures are made through the process of extracting the molecules from the plant via a solvent, which depending on the method, can vary from alcohol to vegetable glycerin.
Tincture solutions are ingested sublingually, where the molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream through osmosis. Although it is not harmful to swallow a tincture, the effects of the dosage are at their highest potency when left under the tongue to transfer properly. The process of osmosis involves the chemical compounds within the tincture passing through the thin, semipermeable tissue under the tongue.
Through this method, the molecules are directly absorbed into the bloodstream and transport to the brain faster and more effectively than edibles. Sublingual consumption is optimal for those who have digestive issues, are unable to consume in other ways, or prefer not to smoke. Tinctures skip the process of digestion that occurs with edibles. They also bypass the chemical exchange in the lungs that occur when burning flower or vaporizing. Tinctures bypass all of these obstacles with the same cannabis effects. In fact, application time for the suggested 2-3 drops per dose is no more than 15-30 seconds, with a reaction time of roughly 15 minutes. Highly effective, time-efficient, and it removes the element of a revealing cannabis smell… it goes without saying that tincture solutions are a force to be reckoned with.