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Using Cannabis Tinctures: Your Ultimate Guide

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If you’re new to the world of hemp-based products, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of options available to you. We get quite a few questions about our CBD and Delta-8 THC tinctures, but, once they try them, many people find that tinctures are one of their preferred ways of consuming cannabis.

This guide has everything you need to know about cannabis tinctures, how they compare to other edibles, and how to use them effectively.

What Are Cannabis Tinctures?

Tinctures are essentially cannabis extracts that are dissolved in liquid. Typically, manufacturers use food-grade alcohol or MCT oil—like coconut oil or palm oil—as the solvent. The cannabis leaves steep for a few days, allowing the cannabinoids and terpenes to mix with the base liquid to create a flavorful final product.

Cannabis tinctures aren’t really drinks. They’re highly concentrated and usually dispensed one drop at a time, often under the tongue or into another beverage. The tinctures available from Texas 420 Doctors contain less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC, making them federally legal. You do not require a prescription to purchase or consume them.

Who Are Cannabis Tinctures For?

One of the biggest advantages of tinctures is the ability to control your dosage. Using a cannabis tincture one drop at a time allows you to know exactly how much CBD or Delta-8 is entering your body. 

Tinctures also appeal as the simplest method of consuming cannabis. If you don’t enjoy smoking or don’t like the flavor of gummies, tinctures can deliver a precise dosage with no smell, no vapor, and no additional sugar, as is often found in edibles. Many people like tinctures for their discretion, portability, and ease of use.

Types of Cannabis Tinctures

When you shop for cannabis tinctures, you will encounter a few different terms.

CBD Full Spectrum Tinctures

Full spectrum CBD is often contrasted with CBD isolates, which are made from only a specific part of the hemp plant. In a full spectrum tincture, the extract is made from the entire hemp plant, meaning the tincture will contain all of the terpenes and cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. This gives the tincture potentially more medical benefits than CBD isolate because a broader range of cannabinoids will interact with your body. Some people also report that full spectrum products feel more potent than regular CBD.

CBG Full Spectrum Tinctures

No, that’s not a typo of CBD. CBG stands for cannabigerol, which is a different cannabinoid than cannabidiol (CBD). Because it’s a minor cannabinoid—meaning it is less present in hemp plants—CBG has not received the same level of medical research and academic attention as the better-known CBD. Scientists have determined that CBG is non-psychoactive, and it may benefit bodily homeostasis and overall wellness. A CBG tincture typically also contains CBD. Gram for gram, a full spectrum tincture is stronger than a comparable edible because the cannabis is more concentrated.

Delta-8 Tinctures

Delta-8 cannabis tinctures are a popular alternative to smoking or vaping. Unlike CBD, Delta-8 THC often creates a mildly euphoric high, but it is less psychoactive than Delta-9 THC. These Delta-8 tinctures are often flavored according to the cannabis strain used in their production. They do not require a prescription.

No matter what you choose, the most common method to consume a tincture is sublingually. To do this, place your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Using the dropper, squirt one drop beneath the tongue and wait about 30 seconds before swallowing. The liquid will absorb into your bloodstream, and you should begin feeling some effects within about 20 minutes. Wait to take additional drops until you know how one drop affects you. For most people, the effects of a tincture will wear off after about three hours.

The Benefits of Using Cannabis Tinctures

Tinctures have several advantages over edibles and other forms of cannabis, making them a popular choice for both new and experienced cannabis users.

They are easily portable

Tinctures are small and discreet. The bottle often looks like an oil or liquid vitamin, meaning it will not stand out in your purse, luggage, or medicine cabinet. Many people find tinctures more practical than carrying joints or vapes, and, when compared with homemade edibles, they last longer. You don’t have to worry about a tincture going stale or losing its potency.

They work quickly

If you want to use cannabis and feel it almost immediately, tinctures are the way to go. Tinctures absorb into the body quickly, often taking just 20 to 30 minutes to deliver an effect. Especially if you’re taking cannabis products for pain relief, a quick timetable is advantageous.

They have fewer calories

Using cannabis tinctures instead of CBD brownies or gummies saves you from the extra calories and sugar. Depending on your specific dietary requirements, tinctures can be helpful because of their versatility.

They’re easier to dose

With tinctures, you can precisely measure how much you will take and regulate your usage of cannabis. While an accidental overdose of CBD is extremely unlikely, many people feel more comfortable knowing exactly how much cannabis they are putting into their bodies. This also makes it easier to measurably scale up or scale down a cannabis regimen.

They’re free of vapor and smoke

Cannabis tinctures save you the hassle of rolling a joint and smoking your cannabis, which may be irritating for some users or inappropriate for some environments.

Tinctures vs Edibles: Which One is Stronger?

This is a common question among many cannabis users. To put it plainly, tinctures are stronger than edibles because tinctures have a higher concentration of compounds such as THC and CBD per unit. This also means they typically last longer on average than edibles.

It’s possible to add a tincture to an edible, but baking is not advised—the active ingredients in the tincture may break down and evaporate. Instead, use tinctures like an oil or dressing by placing a drop on the top of food before consuming it. You can also add a drop of tincture to another beverage, such as mixing it with tea.

Get Quality Cannabis Tinctures From Texas 420

CBD and Delta-8 tinctures are federally legal and do not require a prescription. You can shop our collection to find premium products with fast shipping. In addition to tinctures, we have a range of other products including gummies, topical creams, and soft gels.

If you are a resident of Texas interested in prescription medical cannabis, our team of CURT-registered doctors can consult with you to determine a personalized treatment plan.

In just 60 seconds, you can find out if you qualify for medical marijuana. If you have any questions about prescription or non-prescription cannabis, contact us for fast and confidential help.