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October 12, 2020

Tinctures

Patients that prefer a discrete product that also allows them to titrate in a more controlled fashion may want to use a cannabis tincture as part of their overall wellness plan.  Tinctures have been around in various forms for many centuries.  Essentially they are liquids, usually taken sublingually, that are made from plant material that has been soaked in solvents such as alcohol or glycerin.

Tinctures are often made of a combination of ethyl alcohol and water as solvents, each dissolving constituents the other is unable to, or doesn’t perform as well. Varying their proportions can also produce different levels of constituents in the final extraction. Beyond alcohol and water, solvents may also include glycerin, oils, as well as vinegar.  While alcohol is the most frequently used solvent for extraction, it may not be in the best interest of the patient consuming it.  This is the main reason it is important to always discuss which solvent was used in the extraction method as well as how it was stored with the representative at the dispensary.

The word sublingual comes from the Latin “under the tongue.”  To take a medication sublingually is to place it under the tongue where various mucus membranes are located.  These membranes will help to diffuse the medication into the blood.  This is in contrast to medications that are taken orally that must be digested and usually moved through the liver before entering the circulatory system.  Because of this, medications taken sublingually have the advantage of being activated more quickly than those swallowed, as well as the ability to last longer in the system and thus provide longer relief.  There are many different forms of sublingual medication.  Some variations include; sublingual tablets, sublingual strips, sublingual drops, sublingual sprays, and sublingual tinctures.

Cannabis tinctures offer patients the ability to titrate their medication in a more manageable form than methods such as inhalation.  While there are dozens of methods of consuming medical marijuana, not all methods allow a patient to easily track how much has been consumed.  Vaporizers and oil pens suggest inhalations of specific lengths should correlate with a specific dosage however this does not always work for all patients.  For instance, lung capacity for an active person in their 30’s may be drastically different for someone in their late 60’s.  This is where the ease of titration in tinctures can be a benefit.  Always follow the instructions printed on the label as well as whatever instructions came from a doctor or dispensary where the tincture was purchased.  Usually, a specific volume of tincture will correlate with a specific amount of THC.  This will then allow a patient to more confidently consume the desired amount of THC.

As was mentioned previously, discretion is another benefit to cannabis tinctures.  There should be very little to no odor because the underlying plant material has been soaked in the solvent fluid.  Additionally, because the tincture is taken sublingually, there is no vapor cloud that might be able to be smelled.

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf distributes this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions for an Ohio marijuana card. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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