Some tinctures come with a dropper. Place the drop under your tongue, hold for 30 seconds, and then swallow.
Some tinctures such as benzoin are inhaled and not swallowed.
Tinctures are herbal extracts that are extremely popular in folk remedies, Ayurveda, and homeopathy. They are produced by soaking the bark, dried or fresh leaves, berries, rhizomes, or roots of one or more plants in alcohol or vinegar for a specific time. It is believed that the alcohol (or vinegar) pulls out active substances from the parts of a plant, and the resulting filtered extract can be used for treating various conditions. Tinctures contain about 25-60% alcohol, making them risky for consumption by children and pregnant women.
What are the known adverse effects associated with tinctures?
Iodine tinctures are applied to the skin.
Following are the known adverse effects associated with tinctures:
The cannabidiol (CBD; cannabis) tincture is popular in the United States. It is primarily used for relief from anxiety, pain, cramps, and diarrhea. The habit-forming property of CBD and its effect on the brain cells are the main concerns associated with the CBD tincture.
Most tinctures come under the “supplement” category for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most of these tinctures are not studied intensively for safety and effectiveness; hence, exercising caution is prudent.
Did you know heat and light deteriorate cannabinoids? Tinctures must be stored in cool temperatures in an airtight glass container. We recommend a dark glass dropper bottle.
While there is some debate in the cannabis universe about which type of tincture is best, you can’t go wrong with olive oil for better shelf life and a healthier option.
Tinctures also don’t have a noticeable odor when stored, so you can easily carry it with you on the go.
#8) Tinctures offer efficient cannabinoid and terpene absorption
Keep in mind that results do vary. Always check the potency before dosing. Start with a few drops initially and work your way up.
This makes dosing a breeze. Simply use a few drops and wait for the desired effects to take place. If more medicine is needed, additional drops can be added.
Additionally, you can insert your tincture solution into gel capsules – which is what a lot of patients do when the dropper is not an option. Just keep in mind that swallowing your tincture as opposed to dropping it under the tongue basically turns it into an edible.
If you’re interested in learning more about this healthier ingestion method, here are 9 things you need to know about cannabis tinctures.
Your dosage is unique to you. Dr. Sulak explains the bi-phasic nature of dosing medical cannabis.
Store the filled dropper bottles in a cool, dark location.
TINCTURES: THE BASICS
Blender, Strainer, Cheesecloth, Paper bag, Coffee Filter
Place ground and activated cannabis in the 1-pint mason jar.
Spread the ground cannabis evenly on a baking sheet.