In the realm of cannabis, tinctures generally refer to any cannabis liquid form that can be effectively dosed and taken by mouth.
Scientifically, a true tincture is typically an alcohol-based solution that can be absorbed under the tongue. Alcohol based tinctures, taken under the tongue, onset in 10 to 30 mins and the with a duration of 4-6 hours. Since it is the second quickest onset it would be a good form for consumers who are looking for an alternative to inhalation.
Most tinctures in today’s cannabis market are made with MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) oils most commonly sourced from coconut, palm, olive, or safflower. When made with MCT, tinctures are less likely to be absorbed under the tongue. We often encourage consumers to place the tincture on the tongue and swallow in which case onset is slower (30 mins to 2 hour) and the duration can last for longer periods of time (4 to 8 hours).
Tinctures, drops, syrups, and suspension are good for beginners since it affords the user control over their dose and experience. When used with a metered dropper you can adjust the amount you consume to your liking. It is especially useful during a dose exploration phase when trying to find your cannabis ‘sweet spot’. Like other cannabis products, tinctures will express a terpene profile however due to digestion processes it is often not as pronounced as in a smoked or vaporized form. While tinctures may not seem as edgy as other consumption methods, tinctures are considered one of the healthiest ways to consume cannabis providing discretion and flexibility of dose and schedule.