Your Guide to Cannabis Tinctures

cannabis tinctures

Cannabis tinctures are liquid herbal extracts made from cannabis plants that have been infused with an alcohol solution or an alcohol and water combination.

Generally, they are made of highly concentrated herbal extracts that are made by soaking herbs in alcohol, vegetable glycerine, or oils.

By placing a few drops under the tongue, the solution is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.

Why cannabis tinctures?

In general, this type of cannabis is used for medical purposes since it is highly concentrated, strong, fast-acting, but it’s often abused because of the powerful high it provides.

CBD tinctures can help with anxiety, epilepsy, and pain relief. THC tinctures help with sleep, muscle spasms, chemo-induced nausea, and pain relief.

They’re simple to make and have a long shelf life, making them a practical way to consume cannabis, especially for people who don’t want to smoke it. Like edibles, tinctures are also taken orally.

Droppers are used for measuring tinctures. Depending on their needs, the customer gradually increases and customizes a dose, ranging from 2.5 mg to 10 mg to 20 mg and so on.

Since they travel through the body and pass through the liver before reaching the bloodstream, there’s a delay of 1 to 2 hours before they kick in. A tincture, on the other hand, will skip the liver and be absorbed directly into the bloodstream if taken under the tongue.

Forms of Tinctures:

Tinctures come in two forms:

  • Industrial hemp tinctures have a high cannabidiol concentration (aka CBD). They contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), therefore you won’t get high from them. These are legal in the U.S.
  • Cannabis tinctures often contain more than 0.3% THC to provide psychoactive effects. Some states, though not all, have made these legal.


The strength of the edible or tincture will depend on how much of the major ingredients are present.

The Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures:

Every individual enjoys cannabis in their special way, but those who favor tinctures tend to point out a few advantages.

Furthermore, tinctures have a few specific advantages over other cannabis products, such as raw flowers or edibles. Let’s look at a few of those benefits in more detail:

Life is easier with tinctures:

You’ll need a few things to smoke cannabis. A grinder, a pipe, and a lighter, for example, may be required. Tinctures, on the other hand, contain everything you need to take cannabis in a single bottle. 

There are no rolling papers, no light, and no other supplies required. You can produce your own THC tincture!


Tinctures provide faster effects:

Tinctures, when taken sublingually, can deliver faster effects than other forms of cannabis products. For instance, an edible takes a while to deliver effects simply because the product has to be processed through your digestive system before getting into your bloodstream.

Tinctures Have a More Discreet Appearance

Tinctures provide a level of discretion that smoking does not, although many people prefer to smoke cannabis. 

Tinctures have no discernible odor when used, and you can take your tincture dose anytime you want without anyone knowing what you’re doing. 

People who prefer not to smoke cannabis for health or respiratory reasons will be pleased with tinctures because they are simply taken orally.

If you smoke cannabis or ingest various cannabis concentrates, it can be difficult to determine how much CBD or THC you’re getting, whereas tinctures provide more precise dosing options. This is because the cannabinoids are suspended in a carrier material in tinctures.

How to use cannabis tinctures for the most enjoyable experience:

While these are logical things to ask, there is no one-size-fits-all response for everyone. Customizing how you use the tincture based on your personal experience with different tincture doses, why you’re taking the cannabis tincture, and whether you’re taking a CBD or THC tincture will give you the most satisfying results.

Starting with a low dose and adjusting as needed to obtain the desired effects is the usual norm. The majority of people like to make tinctures by placing a small amount under their tongue and waiting 20 to 30 seconds before swallowing. 

This speeds up the absorption of cannabis into the bloodstream, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can simply swallow the tincture; however, keep in mind that the benefits may take a little longer to manifest (possibly up to an hour or more). 

In addition, tinctures are suitable for incorporating into your prepared edibles and can be blended with food if desired.