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Marijuana Tincture F.A.Q’s

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tincture and why would somebody want to ingest cannabis this way?

 A tincture is basically a liquid form of cannabis extraction typically mixed with alcohol or glycerin.  It can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or put into any food or beverage.  It usually comes in a bottle with a dropper and it used to be the most popular form of cannabis medicine before prohibition.  The tinctures are typically less concentrated than straight oils and are used for less severe remedies or maintenance doses.

Tinctures are an excellent form of delivery.  They are easy to use, flexible because you can put them in just about anything and it’s much easier to dose properly if you are using a product that is transparent about the number of mg of THC or CBD in the bottle as well as per dropper.

How do I take a tincture?

A tincture is essentially a liquid form of cannabis that comes in a dropper bottle. Unscrew the cap, then fill the pipette with the appropriate amount of liquid for your dose by squeezing the black bulb while the glass pipette is submerged in the tincture bottle.

Place the dropper assembly (bulb plus attached pipette) near your mouth and squeeze the bulb to release the liquid under your tongue.

Generally – patients hold the liquid under their tongue for approximately 3 seconds to partially absorb through their mucosal membrane, then swallow. Absorbing through the mucosal membrane allows for faster absorption and also bypasses some of the liver during digestion. Swallowing allows for some tincture to hit the receptors in your mouth, throat, esophagus all the way down that the absorbed liquid missed.

 

I want to use an oral syringe instead of the dropper. What is the conversion ?

The liquid in 1 ml of an oral syringe is roughly equal to 1 full dropper from the tincture bottle. So .5ml of the syringe is roughly equal to half a dropper full.

Ex 300ml tinctures have 10mg of cannabinoids per dropper, which is roughly equal to 10mg of cannabinoids in 1ml of an oral syringe.

 

What kind of CBD to THC ratio is best for me?

20:1  ratio: That means very little THC and no psychoactive effect. It targets the neurological disorders and conditions very well.  For Ex:  epilepsy, parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, anxiety, depression, mild arthritis, restless leg syndrome.

3:1 ratio: there is a very mild psycho-activity and this targets auto-immune conditions and certain types of cancer really well.

For ex: Breast cancer, crohn’s disease, colitis, MS, extreme arthritis, pain and inflammation.

1:1 ratio:  There is a mild psycho-activity associated with his ratio and it is great for certain cancers, severe pain relief, appetite stimulation even and topically for skin conditions.

For example: skin cancer, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, appetite stimulation, severe pain, and even autism.

 

What is my dose?

  Every person has a different dose that is unique to them and their body chemistry.  So it is best to start with very small doses and slowly increase the dose over time to find the least that works best for you.  Cannabis is unique in that it is “biphasic”, which means that less can be more beneficial than more.

  For chronic conditions,  it is most beneficial to dose 3 times a day before each meal.  It is best to take directly under the tongue and hold it there for 3 seconds, then swallow.  People should start off with very low dosing, usually 1/4 dropper (which is ~10 drops or .25ml on an oral syringe) per dose.  Then you can slowly dose up as needed from there.

 

Are Tinctures Vegan?

Almost all tinctures are vegan except some pet tinctures that are flavored with fish flavoring.

 

How do I store my tinctures properly?

All tinctures should be stored in a cool, dark place (away from heat and light which may degrade the product). Refrigeration is not required. The tinctures have a long shelf life and can be stored for up to a year.

 

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