Cannabis Tincture Benefits, Potential Risks, and How to Use

mint cannabis oil tincture

There's a lot to love about cannabis tinctures - they're easy to use, discreet, and they offer a multitude of health benefits. If you're new to the world of cannabis, figuring out the best dose of cannabis tincture for your needs can be much simpler than other consumption options.

When it comes to dosing, the secret is to start small and increase gradually. The dropper included provides an efficient way to measure your dose accurately. Read on to learn more about cannabis tinctures, their uses and benefits, and how to incorporate tinctures into your lifestyle.

Key Takeaways

  • Cannabis tinctures can be a game-changer for both medicinal and recreational users, given their versatility, ease of consumption, and wide range of health benefits. 
  • Compared to other consumption methods, tinctures offer a discreet, quick-acting, and dose-controlled alternative, making them especially appealing to new users or those seeking a consistent daily supplement. 
  • Experimenting with different cannabinoids, like CBD and THC, can produce different experiences when it comes to tinctures.

What are Cannabis Tinctures?

Cannabis tinctures are liquid blends sourced from the cannabis plant. Extractors use solvents to isolate the active materials and beneficial compounds from the plant matter, such as THC and terpenes.

Once extracted, these cannabinoids are usually blended with carrier oils, such as coconut, olive, or MCT oil, to help the body absorb them when consumed. Some tinctures use alcohol bases for those who want to avoid oils.

Cannabis tinctures are usually stored in dark-colored bottles to preserve their potency over time and should be stored in a dark place away from sunlight and air. Bottles typically come with a dropper to help facilitate dosing.

When purchased from a dispensary or store, tinctures will display all critical information, such as volume in milliliters and ounces and the precise percentage and ratio of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD.

cbd oil tincture 

How Cannabis Tinctures Work

Much like other cannabis forms, tinctures interact with our cannabinoid receptors. However, THC tinctures kick in faster than edibles typically do, with effects usually becoming apparent within 15 to 30 minutes. This is because the cannabinoids enter one's system via the saliva glands under the tongue, rapidly transporting them into the bloodstream and throughout the body.

Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures

Compared with edibles or THC-infused beverages, tinctures stand out as a discreet option providing exact dosage control. They also offer a healthier alternative to inhaling smoke or vapor, making them a preferential consumption option for health-conscious people. 

Additionally, placing a drop of tincture under your tongue is a more subtle method of enjoying cannabis when compared to more conspicuous practices. However, if you swallow your tincture instead of holding the liquid under your tongue, the effects will take longer to act as your digestive system processes them. 

One significant advantage of opting for a tincture over other cannabis products could be the ease and accuracy associated with dosing. Thanks to precise measurements with the dropper, you can steer clear of accidentally overdoing it on THC. Beginners can start with a tiny dropper (based on their body weight), gauge the effects, and then decide if additional drops are needed.

Potential Risks and Downsides

Keep in mind that starting a new consumption method may alter your experience with cannabis, even at the same dose.

Tinctures aren't as potent as edibles or as hazardous to the lungs as smoking, but they still are much more powerful than inhalation methods. In more extreme cases, a high dose of tinctures may have unwanted side effects similar to edibles, such as paranoia, dizziness, and nausea.

It's important to use common sense and take only one serving size of a tincture at a time unless you have a high THC tolerance. If you recently started a new medication or are just starting with tinctures, consult a doctor to see if there are any counteractions.

CBD products (including tinctures) can counteractively impact some medications. CBD interferes with how the liver metabolizes some medicines, which can prolong their stay in the body. It's important to do your due diligence when evaluating CBD tinctures as a potential wellness option.

To mitigate "greening out" and consuming too much cannabis, experts recommend seeking a well-balanced ratio of CBD: THC, such as 2:1, 10:1, or 20:1 options. The CBD in a tincture will mitigate the potency of THC, while the two cannabinoids work in tandem thanks to the benefit of the entourage effect.

Finally, be sure not to use expired cannabis tincture. If a product smells fishy or the liquid has changed color, it's likely expired and should be thrown out. Tinctures should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight and can be refrigerated to extend their shelf life. Most tinctures are good for 1-2 years.

orange gummies

Dosing Cannabis Tinctures

Using cannabis tinctures and finding your precise dose is relatively simple, as most products come with guidelines on the packaging. Using the included dropper, squeeze out the desired amount of tincture and place the liquid under your tongue. This method is called "sublingual" consumption.

If it's your first time with tinctures, start with a minimal dose of 2.5 mg of THC in your dropper. Wait 15-30 minutes for effects to kick in, and only if your desired effects aren't achieved should you try more, another small dose of 2.5 mg.

If you're a more seasoned cannabis consumer and regularly smoke flower or consume edibles, you may need to start with a slightly higher dose. But the best rule of thumb is to start low, go slow, and gradually increase to find your perfect tincture amount.

The Bottom Line

Now that you understand cannabis tinctures, you can make informed decisions about trying them. Tinctures can be incredibly therapeutic and versatile, serving a spectrum of needs and suiting various preferences. 

However, like all cannabis products, they are not without risks. It's crucial to start slow, paying close attention to how your body reacts, and only gradually increase your dose size.

Ready to get started with tinctures? Check out our drops on EVN's website today!

Disclaimer: None of what is published on is intended to be professional medical advice. Consult your health practitioner regarding any medical treatment or diagnosis.

Reading next

live resin with gummy cubes in the background
alex puccio bouldering