What are Cannabis Tinctures?
Cannabis THC tinctures are made by extracting THC from cannabis and then diluting it in alcohol. THC is the chemical compound in cannabis that has psychoactive properties, meaning it causes a change in mood. THC tinctures can be administered orally or sublingually for increased potency. These days, THC extractions have become more popular than ever before, as they offer potent relief without the added risks of smoking marijuana flowers or edibles.
What is a cannabis tincture, and how does it work?
A cannabis tincture is a liquid preparation containing cannabis THC which is typically diluted with alcohol or glycerin. Cannabis tinctures can be administered orally, in the form of a dropper, for increased potency and rapid absorption into the bloodstream; they are also absorbed sublingually through the tissues of your mouth, so you experience effects almost immediately.
This method of consuming cannabis is different than smoking cannabis because THC is not combusted, meaning you don’t experience negative respiratory side effects and THC concentrates are more potent.
How are cannabis tinctures made?
It is relatively simple to make a tincture with cannabis THC. THC is extracted from the cannabis flower then diluted in high proof alcohol or glycerin and mixed with a flavoring agent such as vanilla extract for taste. Here are the typical steps:
- First, carbon dioxide must be removed from the cannabis plant. With flower, this can be achieved by grinding it to a fine powder.
- Flower is then added to a jar, which is filled with 190 proof alcohol.
- The jar is then sealed a left to sit for a few weeks.
- After the waiting period, the mixture is then strained and filtered.
It’s important to note that cannabis tinctures are only about one percent THC by weight, so the THC content will vary depending on how much cannabis is used. For a more potent tincture, more cannabis is used.
THC tinctures: A discrete way to consume cannabis
A cannabis tincture can be administered orally or sublingually (under the tongue) and is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. THC tinctures are a discrete way to consume, as it bypasses the lungs and doesn’t create any harsh side effects like smoking marijuana flowers or edibles do. THC tinctures also offer more potent relief than typical edibles because THC is not metabolized by your liver before being absorbed.