Tinctures are one product on the market that tends to get overlooked by new consumers however if you’re not interested in inhaling anything, this is a great alternative and there’s more than one way to use tinctures.
Most tinctures on the market these days have little taste and come in a variety of formulations, anything from straight CBD to high THC. A nice combo is taking a tincture that has high CBD and low THC to start. Low THC is under 5mg and high CBD is over 10mg per 1ml.
Tinctures can be added to food or drink if you don’t want to take them straight from the dropper however in this form they’re an edible. My advice is to always take CBD with THC, around 20mg of CBD is a good amount, this helps to minimize the side effects of THC.
Here’s 3 ways to use tinctures:
- Under the tongue (sublingual): hold the oil under your tongue for at least 30 seconds to a minute, the longer you hold it there, the more enters your blood stream. After it’s been long enough, spit it out. If you swallow the oil then it will get processed by the liver and turn into 11-hydroxy-THC which will make it much more potent. Sublingual is lighter and kicks in after about 15 minutes and can last about an hour or so.
- Swallow the oil: swallowing the oil makes it much stronger and it won’t kick in for about 2 hours and you’ll feel the effects for several hours. This is a great option if you want the effects to last longer.
- Under the tongue and then swallow: This method allows you to feel the effects faster and it will last much longer however don’t redose yourself for at least 2 hours unless you hold it under the tongue and then spit it out.
Inhaling cannabis gives you a very different feel than ingesting it. Tinctures are felt more in the body, inhaling is both cerebral and body however you can get quite high if you ingest too much. It’s best to be cautious with ingesting cannabis however using a tincture under the tongue allows you to get a little buzz without the commitment.