Before making a tincture, familiarize yourself with the law. Industrial hemp is legal in the US, but marijuana is federally illegal and can be used only in certain states. Check your local laws before obtaining marijuana, and use it at your own discretion.
“In contrast, when you inhale cannabis products, it enters your lung and goes directly into your bloodstream and the effects are immediate,” Chen says.
Today, cannabis tinctures are a popular method for consuming marijuana products — whether for medicinal purposes like pain relief or just for a quick high.
Benefits of THC tinctures
“Your absorption of the cannabinoids will differ if you are ingesting the tincture by itself versus mixed into food,” Chen says. “Generally, you will absorb more cannabinoids if you are adding it to food, or if you have recently eaten.”
Cannabis tinctures are dosed using a dropper and can be taken sublingually (absorbed underneath the tongue) or mixed into foods or drinks.
“Depending on how much of the main ingredients are present, the stronger the edible or tincture will be,” says Dr. Jordan Talley, the chief medical advisor at Spero CBD.
How to make tincture
Before there were pharmaceuticals, herbal medicines were widely used to treat disease and maintain health. And tinctures were a common form of those herbal medicines back in the day.
Depending on your goals, you may be looking for a CBD tincture or a THC tincture. Either way, how you take it (and how you make it) can have an effect on how you feel.
With cannabidiol (CBD) becoming federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, there’s been a lot of talk about how to get this miracle molecule into your body.
What is a Tincture?
There’s smoking, vaping, edibles, skin rubs, and… tinctures. Just between us, tinctures are the best way — no other form of taking CBD provides results nearly as quickly. Additionally, tinctures have the highest bioavailability, which is a fancy way of saying the amount of CBD that actually enters your bloodstream versus simply passing through you.
How to Make Your Own Alcohol-Based Cannabis Tincture
Before marijuana and cannabis were outlawed in the early twentieth century, alcohol-based tinctures were the number one way to ingest them. Cannabis tinctures were produced by companies like Bayer, Eli Lilly, and Parke-Davis to treat a range of conditions like migraine, delirium, nausea, spasms, and epilepsy.