Cannabis isn’t just flower—you can grab your favorite strains in a variety of forms. One that’s growing in popularity is cannabis tinctures. And while it may seem like the new thing, they’ve actually been around for a very long time.
What Is a Cannabis Tincture?
A cannabis tincture is effectively cannabis-infused alcohol. But unlike alcohol, a tincture isn’t for drinking. Although they can also be swallowed, tinctures are usually applied sublingually (under the tongue).
Tinctures have been making a comeback for a few years now, but they actually used to be the most common way of consuming cannabis as medicine before the US government enacted cannabis prohibition in the 1920s and ’30s.
Why Should You Try Cannabis Tinctures?
Tinctures are an excellent way to make the most of cannabis without smoking or inhaling it. While you won’t get the same experience as smoking or vaping flavor-wise, tinctures are great for people who are concerned with the effect those methods may have on their lungs or people who just can’t bring themselves to light a bowl.
Tinctures are also very easy to carry around or store for the long run. Unlike those potent buds that you can smell right through the bag, a sealed bottle of tincture is perfectly odorless and discreet.
When administered sublingually, the effects of a tincture can be felt within minutes but can take as long as 45 minutes to peak. For this reason, many health-conscious cannabis consumers prefer tinctures to edibles, which may take up to an hour to produce effects.
Another thing cannabis tinctures have going for them is that they allow people to dose very precisely. The cannabinoid content of a tincture is clearly marked on the bottle (usually per milliliter of liquid), making it much easier to get the exact dose of cannabinoids that you want, and nothing more. This can be especially important for medical patients seeking to treat their symptoms with precise doses of cannabinoids.
Additionally, when compared to edibles, tinctures are a low-calorie way of consuming cannabis. Depending on the alcohol used to produce the tincture, it is likely that it will contain less than 10 calories per milliliter. If you are looking to cut back on those cannabis calories, a tincture may be just the thing you need.
How Exactly Do You Use Cannabis Tinctures?
Tinctures are easy and quick to use. They are primarily applied under the tongue for sublingual absorption. Simply load up the dropper, squeeze the liquid under your tongue, and wait for the effects to kick in.
Want to try something different? Tinctures can also be swallowed or infused into any number of other beverages or drinks. For example, tinctures are commonly incorporated into things such as juices, soups, ice creams, mashed potatoes, and salad dressings. However, when you do this, it does take longer the tincture to take effect.
We have to admit—we love flower. We spend a lot of time perfecting strains with unique flavor, cannabinoid, and terpene profiles. But we also know it’s not for everyone. If you’re considering a tincture, check out our DTLA online menu to see what we have in stock. Not in LA? Visit our dispensary page to find your closest location.