In the past, cannabis tinctures were the most popular medical cannabis products in the United States. After decades of prohibition, the majority of states have now legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, and tinctures are cementing their place known in the market fueled by their versatility and bioavailability.
In any dispensary you visit, you’ll find a wide range of products, from cannabis flowers to tinctures, edibles, topicals, oils, and more. As cannabis tinctures are the most versatile delivery method, many cannabis users have grown interested in trying them. But, are they right for you? Let’s find out!
What are Cannabis Tinctures?
“Tincture” is defined to mean a solution of a cannabis extract, derived either directly from the cannabis plant or from a manufactured cannabis extract, dissolved in alcohol, glycerin, or vegetable oils.
Most tinctures on the market now are made using cannabis extract and vegetable oil (MCT, olive, etc) and do not contain any alcohol.
Similar to the method of cannabis oil extraction, making a tincture involves extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant using alcohol as a solvent. The main distinction between tinctures and cannabis oils is that tinctures use alcohol as both a solvent and an ingredient as the final product.
It’s interesting to note that, prior to marijuana legalization in the United States, tinctures were the main type of cannabis-based treatment. These days, tinctures have made a remarkable comeback as an increasing number of states permit the use of cannabis for medical and/or recreational purposes.
The Delivery Method of Cannabis Tinctures
Tinctures are “biphasic,” which implies they have two different mechanisms of action. The first stage is known as sublingual consumption and refers to the tincture’s absorption through mouth mucus membranes or capillaries under the tongue. The remaining tincture is swallowed during the second stage of ingestion, during which the remaining compounds are digested.
Tinctures often have a quicker onset than other oral cannabis products. If you consume a sublingual tincture you will experience the effects in around 15 minutes. Moreover, tinctures have relatively long-lasting benefits that persist for two to three hours.
THC and CBD Tinctures
Tinctures are categorized according to their cannabinoid and terpene content. Each cannabinoid has distinct qualities and effects and according to the entourage effect, the combination of certain cannabinoids and terpenes can enhance the cannabis experience and its potential health benefits. Since the process involves soaking the entire cannabis plant, users benefit from all of the plant’s compounds, not only THC and/or CBD.
You might find that a particular ratio of cannabinoids is ideal for you depending on the experience you’re looking for. Note that THC tinctures are typically made from marijuana, whereas CBD tinctures are typically made from hemp. The highest CBD concentrations are typically found in hemp and marijuana mostly has higher levels of THC.
Ratio is everything when selecting a cannabis tincture. Let’s dive into some of the benefits of Dr. May’s formulas and their THC: CBD ratios.
The Focus Formula was developed for soccer moms and folks on the go who want to experience a sense of well-being, with increased alertness. The Focus Formula is a 20:1 CBD: THC ratio, which causes little to no euphoric effect and a calm, focused feeling. The Focus Formula is for those who want to crush their to-do list or find relief from common ailments, without any of the ‘high’ or buzz. Choose your Dr. May delivery system: balm, tincture, or lozenge.
The Balance Formula is a favorite among Dr. May fans. In a 1:1 CBD: THC ratio, these two harmonious medicines act together to provide a sensational experience that lifts mood and gives a calming sensation. Expect to radiate a warm, glowing smile while maintaining mental and physical function. Balance Formula is recommended for folks seeking pain relief, inspiration, playfulness, and happiness. Choose your Dr. May delivery system: balm, tincture, or lozenge.
The Relax formula is for those seeking a magical, sensory experience through its high THC formula, 1:20 CBD: THC. Enjoy a deeper state of relaxation with a touch of mental & physical euphoria. The Relax Formula is ideal for those seeking pain relief or helps sleep the whole night through. Because of the euphoric effects of this formula, start with a small dose and increase as you feel comfortable. Choose your Dr. May delivery system: balm, tincture, or lozenge.
The Versatility of Cannabis Tinctures
Cannabis used as a tincture is more practical than smoking and has no negative side effects. For starters, tinctures are an easy way to get consistent and predictable doses. They are discrete, portable, and shelf-stable. Tinctures provide a long-lasting effect that lasts 4-6 hours, possibly longer depending on activity level. However, smoking cannabis might have negative side effects and it’s basically a 3-hour roller coaster. Also, when consuming tinctures there’s no smoke or vapor entering our lungs.
Cannabis tinctures are also great for people seeking long-lasting treatment for ailments like chronic pain, sleep problems, Crohn’s disease, and many more. Since tinctures can enter your body through the sublingual glands under your tongue, they can also produce quick onset times. The effects of medicines taken through the sublingual glands are normally felt within 10 minutes if you hold it in your mouth for 1-2 minutes. Some people like to blend them into their meals or drinks, while others prefer to ingest them straight from the dropper.
Getting Back on Track With Dr. May Tinctures
Dr. May’s Balance, Focus, and Relax Formula Tinctures are some of the most versatile cannabis products available. Dr. May tinctures can be applied sublingually under the tongue or topically to the skin (you can even cook with it!). Dr. May formula tinctures are made with only two pure ingredients: cannabis oil and organic MCT coconut oil. Dr. May tinctures provide our customers with ultra-distilled cannabis oils, providing a tasteless, odorless, and pure product.
Sold on the amazing versatility of cannabis tinctures? Check out our tincture formulas for easy-to-dose, quick-onset effects providing lasting relief for hours.