How Do Cannabis Tinctures Work?

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Cannabis tinctures, though they might sound like something straight out of a vintage apothecary, are actually at the forefront of modern cannabis. But what is this ancient yet trendy form of cannabis consumption? We’re here to demystify cannabis tinctures so you can enjoy the benefits for yourself. 


In this blog, we’ll unravel the mysteries of how cannabis tinctures work, their benefits, and why they might just be the wellness tool you didn’t know you needed.


Understanding Cannabis Tinctures

Before we get into the science of it all, let’s start with the basics. A cannabis tincture, in its simplest form, is a concentrated liquid form of cannabis. It’s created by extracting the desirable compounds from the cannabis plant, typically using alcohol or a carrier oil as a solvent. It’s a potent herbal extract where just a few drops can go a long way.


Diving into a bit of history, cannabis tinctures are far from a modern invention. They’ve been around for centuries, used in various cultures for their medicinal properties. 


In fact, before cannabis prohibition in the early 20th century, tinctures were a common sight in pharmacies and were used to treat a range of ailments, from pain to sleep disorders. This rich history adds intrigue as well as a sense of trust and longevity to the use of cannabis tinctures.


Now, let’s take a peek into what makes up a tincture:

  • Cannabinoids: These are the compounds like THC and CBD, and other minor cannabinoids. They can produce a variety of potential effects, from pain relief to relaxation.

  • Terpenes: Often unsung heroes, terpenes give cannabis its distinctive aromas and flavors. But they’re not just about the sensory experience; terpenes also have therapeutic properties that can potentially influence how cannabinoids affect the body.


  • Alcohol of Oil Base: The cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted from the cannabis plant using either alcohol or a carrier solvent like coconut or hemp oil. This preserves the compounds and makes the tincture easier to consume.


The Science Behind Cannabis Tinctures

Now that we’re familiar with what cannabis tinctures are, let’s get into the good stuff: how do cannabis tinctures work? This part of our journey takes us into the realms of biology and chemistry. Let’s dive in!


How Tinctures Interact with the Body

Cannabis tinctures are absorbed into the bloodstream sublingually, or under our tongue. From there, they work their magic by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex network of receptors spread throughout your body, playing a crucial role in regulating functions like sleep, mood, appetite, and pain sensation. 


When you consume a tincture, the cannabinoids bind to or alter these receptors. This interaction sets off various physiological responses, from calming anxiety to alleviating pain, depending on the cannabinoids present.


The Role of THC and CBD in Tinctures

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THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the most well-known cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC is famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) for its psychoactive effects – yes, it’s what makes you feel “high.” CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and lauded for its therapeutic benefits, such as reducing inflammation and anxiety. 


In tinctures, the balance of THC and CBD can be adjusted to target specific effects or needs. Some tinctures contain only CBD, some are THC-dominant, and others have a mix of both. This customizable nature of tinctures makes them versatile and appealing.


Why Tinctures Can Be More Effective Than Other Methods

Tinctures are a unique way of consuming cannabis because of their bioavailability. This might seem like a hefty term, but bioavailability is just a way of describing how much and how quickly a substance is absorbed into your bloodstream. Tinctures are taken sublingually, bypassing the digestive system and allowing the cannabinoids and terpenes to enter the bloodstream directly through the mucous membranes.


This means a quicker onset of effects and a higher percentage of the compounds being absorbed compared to other methods, like edibles. You get more bang for your buck and a more consistent experience. Score!


Talking About the Potential Benefits of Tinctures

You may have started picking up on why tinctures are so popular amongst recreational and medicinal cannabis consumers, but we’re going to get into the specifics. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Discreet and Easy to Use: Unlike smoking or vaping, which can draw attention with their distant smell and visible smoke or vapor, tinctures are stealthy. They come in small bottles with droppers, making them perfect for a quick and unnoticeable dose. Plus, using them is as simple as placing a few drops under your tongue or adding them to your favorite beverage.

  • Precise Dosing: If you’ve ever been intimidated by the unpredictability of edibles or the difficulty in measuring the exact amount when smoking, tinctures are a breath of fresh air. The dropper makes it easy to measure exactly how much you’re taking. This precision helps manage the dosage to suit your specific needs, ensuring consistency and avoiding overconsumption.

  • Wide Range of Therapeutic Uses: Tinctures can be formulated to harness the benefits of CBD, THC, or both, catering to a wide array of needs.  From managing anxiety and stress to alleviating pain and inflammation, tinctures have shown promise in various areas. They are also used to aid sleep, boost appetite, and even provide neuroprotective properties. The beauty of tinctures lies in their ability to be tailored – different ratios of cannabinoids can be used to target specific conditions or desired effects.


Society Cannabis Dispensary — Clinton, MA’s Favorite Spot for Enhancing Your Wellness Routine

From their discreet nature and precise dosing to their wide range of therapeutic uses, tinctures truly represent a unique and versatile approach to cannabis consumption. Whether you’re looking to enhance your wellness routine, seeking relief from specific ailments, or simply curious about the potential benefits, tinctures offer a tailored experience to exceed your needs.


Be sure to explore our online dispensary menu for your natural wellness needs.

*The contents of this blog are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.*


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