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A cannabis tincture is one of the simplest and most discreet ways to consume cannabis. For this reason, it is favored among cannabis users for both medical and recreational purposes. Learning how to use a cannabis tincture properly is important to get the most benefit out of your new purchase. 

So what exactly is a cannabis tincture?

A cannabis tincture is a concentrated, liquid form of cannabis. It is made by mixing cannabis flower with alcohol or a carrier oil. This mixture is then left for a few weeks while the liquid extracts the various cannabinoids. The final product is free of any plant matter and typically comes in a dropper bottle. Some tinctures contain entirely CBD and others contain entirely THC. Many, however, are somewhere in the middle with varying ratios of CBD to THC. 

How do I choose the right one?

Since there is such a wide range of ratios available in a cannabis tincture, finding a product that works best for you can be a daunting task. As such the journey to the perfect ratio is often one of trial and error. 

A high CBD tincture may be very beneficial for overall wellness and inflammation reduction. This one is also for those who want the benefits of cannabis without its psychoactive effects. On the other hand, a high THC tincture may help with acute pain or stress reduction. This type can also be great for those who simply desire the psychoactive effects of THC but do not want to smoke it. A 1:1 CBD to THC tincture provides a more balanced experience and is used for a wide range of purposes. 

A good rule of thumb for new users trying to find their perfect ratio is to start with a high CBD tincture. If that’s the one– great! If not, slowly introduce more THC until you find the formula that works for you.

How do I consume my tincture?

One of the main reasons that tinctures are so popular is because they have the fastest uptake of non-smoking and non-vaping cannabis consumption methods. Most tinctures come in a dropper bottle with a notch on the bottle for each quarter of a milliliter. It’s always good to start small when dosing cannabis and typically the tincture packaging will have instructions for a starting dose. 

Once you are ready, use the dropper to place the tincture under your tongue and hold it there until it is dissolved. This mechanism is called a sublingual dose and it allows the tincture to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. When taking a sublingual dose, you may begin to feel the effects within 15-30 minutes and the effects may last anywhere from 2-6 hours. 

At ASCENT, we have a very wide range of tincture ratios and our budtenders are eager to further educate our guests and help them find the perfect ratio for their needs.