A THC tincture isn’t technically edible, but a cannabis tincture is classified as one by the Canadian government.
Considered “cannabis consumables,” cannabis tinctures offer Canadians a new, rapid way to medicate with cannabis without irritating their lungs with smoke or through sugar-packed, calorie-dense edibles.
With legalization bringing more modern innovation, you can expect a wide variety of both CBD tincture and THC tincture offerings continuing to appear on the market, delivering smooth, calibrated effects and a cleaner taste.
Whereas edibles require you to eat solid, cannabis-infused foods such as cookies, brownies, or space cakes and to wait a while to feel the effects, you can take a THC tincture sublingually for rapid onset.
So, what is a THC tincture exactly, and why are they so becoming so popular?
We’ll get into all that and more in this comprehensive guide.
What is a THC Tincture?
The textbook definition of a tincture defines it as a concentrated solution made through soaking plant matter in a solvent that acts to extract its benefits.
Long before the emergency of modern-day medicine, tinctures saw the light of day most prominently during the American Civil War, when a Union soldier received a – believe it or not – cannabis tincture.
Doctors administered the solution as an analgesic (pain reliever) after amputating his arm due to a wound sustained from battle.
While edibles have more of a reputation for being recreational substances, tinctures are frequently used for medicinal purposes.
A cannabis tincture soaks cannabis in either alcohol or a similar solvent to extract cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds before it’s diluted and bottled up.
While alcohol is the most common solvent (even in today’s tinctures), ingredients such as coconut oil are often used, too.
An important thing to note with cannabis tinctures is that the high-proof alcohol or solvent remains in the end product.
Other forms of cannabis products, such as shatter, distillate, and wax, require all solvents to be removed before they are considered safe for consumption.
What Can a THC Tincture Help Treat?
Since they present a healthier and safer alternative to smoking, using a THC tincture can be helpful for a variety of treatments and recreational uses.
Due to its sedating effects, individuals suffering from sleep conditions such as insomnia seek out using products such as a THC tincture to help combat issues surrounding falling asleep and staying asleep to help them feel more rested and rejuvenated.
With easy, accurate dosing and fast-acting effects, many choose to use a THC tincture because they don’t have to wait long for the effects to kick in.
Multiple studies have shown the effectiveness of using THC as a method of pain relief.
Those seeking to ingest THC for its pain-relieving properties strictly from a medicinal standpoint will more often than not opt for a quick and efficient method without inflicting any damage on the lungs as with smoking.
In this way, a THC tincture offers the perfect compromise between accurate dosing and effective results.
One of the classic effects of ingesting THC is an increase in appetite, otherwise known as the munchies.
Nausea and loss of appetite are common side effects for many medical treatments, with chemotherapy being a prime example. If you are already feeling sick and not hungry, you most likely don’t want to smoke or ingest an edible to reap the benefits of THC.
Not only that, it isn’t the safest option either, and you don’t want to wait for the effects to kick in.
Instead, you want more instantaneous results, such as those provided from a THC tincture. The THC will work as an appetite stimulant while the other healing properties will help sedate and relax you.
THC Tincture Pros
While a THC tincture may offer many benefits, the most obvious one is that you can avoid filtering smoke and vapour through your lungs.
If you’re health-conscious, you can also avoid the high sugar, fat, and calorie content present in so many infused edibles today.
After all, when was the last time you saw a cannabis-infused salad sold at your local dispensary?
While these two benefits are great, the real benefit of using a THC tincture lies in their accessibility and accuracy, which we’ll elaborate on below:
Accessible and Accurate Dosing
You’ve likely heard the mantra to follow when using edibles: start low and go slow.
Still, many medicinal patients simply don’t have the time to eat a 2mg dose, wait anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours, and then take another to see if there’s going to be any effect.
The same logic applies to smoking.
A THC tincture provides a safe and accurate dose that allows you to know exactly how much THC is in each dropper.
Portable and Private
If you’re looking to spark up and toke using dry flower on the go, you need to either bring a pre-roll with you or carry around all the necessary supplies, including your weed, a pipe, a lighter, etc.
Vape pens help, but the thick clouds they produce while smoking usually gives away what you’re doing instantly.
However, if you take out a THC tincture in public, most people will think it’s medicine and won’t pay you any mind.
While it might not be important to most, this ingestion method offers tokers discretion, making a THC tincture the consumption method of choice for many medical marijuana patients.
Unless you’re smoking or vaping, you’re going to need to wait at least 30 minutes to experience the effects of an edible. With tinctures, you’ll be able to feel it almost instantly.
Sure, tinctures might be in the same category as edibles, but they work in different ways.
Since it’s a cannabis plant-based tincture, you only need to place a couple of drops under your tongue to allow the substance to bypass the digestive system entirely and absorb directly into your body.
The benefits of using a tincture are that you can feel relief near-instantly and effectively.
Why wait for half-an-hour for the effects of an edible to kick in when you can feel it right away?
Guide to Using THC Tinctures
Learning how to use a THC tincture is as easy as could be. Just like edibles, all you have to do is eat it!
We say that you can eat it, and you certainly could, but the best and most effective way to use a cannabis tincture is to administer it beneath-the-tongue.
Dosing sublingually allows the solution to entirely bypass the digestive system and for the tincture to work its magic almost instantly.
Although the taste leaves a bit to be desired, on the bright side, you can easily dispense a few drops into a cup of coffee, tea, or your beverage of choice to make an infused drink in seconds!
THC Tincture – Efficient and Effective
Health-conscious, medicinal patients, and casual users alike can all enjoy the benefits that a THC tincture has to offer.
Of course, there is no one “best” way to consume cannabis, and it all comes down to personal preference, but if you’re looking for an efficient and effective way to receive a consistent, accurate dose of THC, a THC tincture may be a plausible choice.
If you want to give them a try, make sure that the products you purchase come from a reputable, licensed dispensary so that you know you are getting the safest, highest quality product.
As always, enjoy!