Cannabis Tinctures: Uses, Effects, and Recipes

Photo Credit: Leaf Science

Photo Credit: Leaf Science

Patients who are new to medical marijuana may not know about all of the different methods of intake available to them. These different vehicles of administration can make all the difference when it comes to figuring out the optimal dosing regimen for symptom relief. One method of intake that is popular among patients who need to dose frequently throughout their day is the cannabis tincture, which is a concentrated liquid form of marijuana. Tinctures are created by soaking cannabis in alcohol, which extracts the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant and infuses the alcohol. Patients most commonly place a few drops of tincture beneath the tongue, which allows the body to absorb the medicine in as little as 15 minutes. Their effects can last up to five hours. Tinctures can also be combined with other food or beverages and ingested, but this method takes longer to go in effect.

The medicinal benefits of a cannabis tincture depend on the cannabinoid and terpenoid composition of the cannabis strain used to create the liquid. Tinctures afford patients an alternative method of intake that does not involve inhaling the plant, which can be uncomfortable for those with respiratory issues, or eating the medicine, which is difficult for those who suffer from a lack of appetite. Tinctures also offer patients a discreet way for administering their medicine. 

If you're already using or beginning to use the cannabis tincture as part of your dosing regimen, be sure to document your process daily in the journaling section of our app! This will help you to better understand your most effective method for consistent symptom relief. Additionally, the anonymous information you submit will be helpful in informing others who want to try tinctures and don't know where to begin. If you have questions about your dosing process, you can export your information directly to your physician for feedback. This information has been provided in part by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

3 Smoke-Free Ways of Consuming Medical Cannabis

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Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

For some patients, smoking marijuana can be harsh and painful on their lungs. When combustion occurs while smoking the dried plant, carcinogens and toxins are released that are not necessarily the healthiest on the lungs. There are other forms of consuming medical marijuana, however. If you'd like a method of intake similar to smoking but less harmful, you might consider vaporization, of which temperatures heat just below the point of combustion so that it releases steam instead of smoke. Vaporizers have little odor, and they are more efficient in releasing their therapeutic chemicals so that you may find yourself using less marijuana than before. 

Another way to consume marijuana is by eating it via the edible. Edibles usually require marijuana infused oil or butter that then seeps into whatever food is being created. It takes longer to feel the effects of an edible, and it is often considered stronger, so it is recommended to start low and gradually increase until you find the dose that works for you. Because it is food and its ingredients can be measured easily and distributed evenly, it should be easy to portion out fairly accurate doses. The last method of intake we will discuss is the tincture, which is a cannabinoid infused liquid that can be taken orally by placing a few drops underneath the tongue. It only takes a few minutes before the effects start to kick in. 

This information has been brought to you by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

3 Methods of Consuming Medical Cannabis

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

If you're new to medical marijuana, you may still be trying to figure out which vehicle of administration works best for you. Most patients are familiar with smoking marijuana, but they may not know that there are a wide range of healthier alternatives that could be just as effective for treating specific symptoms. Today we will discuss three methods: vaporization, ingesting edibles, and using tinctures. 

Some symptoms are best relieved through inhalation, but smoking marijuana can produce harmful toxins and carcinogens through combustion. One alternative that provides similar relief is vaporization, in which the plant is heated at a lower temperature so that it does not reach the point of combustion, so steam as opposed to smoke is inhaled. Edibles are another vehicle for administering cannabis. Edibles usually involve using cannabis infused oils and butters, and because the medication is ingested rather than inhaled, and therefore takes time to absorb through the gastrointestinal tract, the effects on the body are vastly different. Relief from edibles take longer to take effect, last longer, and they are more potent, so using caution and starting at a low dose is recommended. Lastly, one method of quick consumption is the tincture, involves allowing ethanol to absorb cannabinoids. This method is administered under the tongue by a dropper, and takes little time to take effect.

These different methods affect how your body absorbs the medication, so the vehicle you choose could have a drastically different effect on your symptoms. By journaling everyday on our app, you will be able to see how changes in your dosing regimen ultimately affect your symptom relief, and therefore you can discover which method works best for you. This information has been provided in part by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

How to Use Cannabis: Different Methods of Consumption

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

Today, patients have access to more vehicles of cannabis consumption than ever before. This is extremely helpful, as patients want to find a way to consume their medication in a way that will not exacerbate their symptom-dependent discomfort. 

The most common form of cannabis consumption is smoking, in which a flame is applied to cannabis. A far healthier method of inhaling cannabis comes in the form of vaporization, in which heated air is applied to cannabis prior to inhalation. Vaporization offers patients a safe and accurate alternative to smoking so they can inhale their medication but avoid the carcinogens and toxins that release when plant matter combusts by flame. Patients suffering from lung or esophagus cancer, bronchitis, or asthma gain relief from vaporizing cannabis because the THC and CBD delivered directly to their lungs combat inflammation and act as bronchodilators. Another well-known form of cannabis consumption is the edible, which varies widely in form but always involves cannabis-infused foods or liquids. Edibles are great for patients who want enhanced potency and long-lasting relief, but the slow onset of relief and unpredictable efficacy force patients to wait for relief and make it difficult to understand proper dosing amounts. 

A relatively new vehicle comes in the form of cannabis topicals, which include creams, balms, and salves infused with specific ratios of cannabinoids that are then applied to the skin. Some medical professionals claim a ratio of 1:1 CBD to THC within a topical offers effective relief for various ailments, specifically ones involving inflammation like arthritis and Crohn's disease. Tinctures, or tonics, use alcohol as a solvent to separate the resin glands (full of cannabinoids and terpenes) from the rest of the plant. The alcohol absorbs the resin, and then is cooked off until a low-alcohol liquid dense in cannabinoids remains. Concentrates, or extracts, also extract potent amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes with or without the use solvents. Due to their high percentage of cannabinoids and terpenes, concentrates offer patients quick and efficient access to relief. 

We remind you to journal your preferred method for consumption so that we can help inform other users of the overall best method for specific symptom relief. This information has been provided by Whaxy and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

What is a Cannabis Tincture?

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

Cannabis culture and industry are constantly developing new methods for using marijuana. The development of these methods is especially important for medical marijuana patients who may find some methods more agreeable or effective than others. Whaxy does an excellent job diving in and analyzing each vehicle, and today's discussion will involve cannabis tinctures. While the method is only recently gaining in popularity among medical marijuana patients, the method is actually nothing new, and was historically used quite frequently in medical applications before marijuana prohibition.

Tinctures are often described as a mixture of alcohol and cannabis resin. They are generally created by soaking dried and ground up marijuana plant matter in a nearly or fully pure alcohol extraction solution. Kief or hash can be substituted for the plant matter to increase potency and reduce the amount of time needed to soak, but this is uncommon. Because this process does not involve the use of heat, THC-A is not converted into THC, and therefore this tincture does not produce a euphoric high. Whaxy says the THC-A available in the tincture is effective in relieving insomnia, muscle spasms, seizures, nausea/vomiting and pain. THC-A also acts as an appetite stimulant and can potentially slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. This makes it especially effective for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Because high CBD strains are extremely popular as a treatment option, or because some states have implemented CBD-only laws, many producers offer high CBD tinctures available for purchase. 

Tinctures are advantageous for multiple reasons, one of which is the semi-rapid onset of relief, which takes effect in about 15 minutes. This makes them a valuable option for patients or parents of patients who do not want to make use of inhalation but who need quicker relief than what is offered through edibles. In addition, tinctures are discreet, mimicking many other pharmaceutical medications on the market. You can learn more about the history of tinctures, how to create them, or high CBD tinctures available on the market on Whaxy

Marijuana 101: Methods of Consumption

Beginning the use of medical marijuana therapy can be confusing and all around overwhelming. Where traditional pharmaceuticals often come in the form of a pre-measured pill with a select composition of ingredients and a specific regimen, medical marijuana patients have to choose their strain and material, determine the amount per dose, create a dosing regimen, and select a method of consumption. All of these factors can be daunting, but thankfully Marijuana Investor News has taken the time to at least break down the methods of consumption to help make your vehicle selection easier. 

The traditional method most widely associated with marijuana is smoking. This method involves using a pipe, water bong, or a joint/blunt to smoke the dried flower or leaves of the marijuana plant. The effects of smoking are often felt instantly, and can last between an hour and a half and four hours depending on strain potency. Smoking marijuana is considered safe, but smoke inhalation of any kind can have negative effects on the lungs, which makes smoking one of the less healthy options for marijuana consumption.

Another popular method involves eating cannabis infused food products. Generally, cannabinoid extracts are infused in butters and oils that then used to create edible products. The most popular and widely available edibles are baked products. This method of consumption is not instant, however, and the effects can take half an hour to two hours before they kick in at all. Because the effect is gradual, patients should use caution when consuming edibles and remember to avoid overconsumption. 

A method of consumption similar to smoking and gaining in popularity is vaporization. While both smoking and vaporizing involve inhalation, vaporization involves inhaling water vapor, which is less harmful on the lungs and nearly eliminates carcinogens from the equation. Vaporizers heat dried marijuana or marijuana oils at low temperatures, allowing active cannabinoids like THC and CBD to convert into vapor. The effects of vaporization are similar to the effects of smoking.

One method that is not widely known is the application of infused topical solutions (like sprays, creams, lotions, oils, or balms). Topicals are non-psychoactive, so patients seeking therapeutic effect without the high often apply marijuana-infused topicals to treat joint inflammation, muscle pain and headaches, and more.

The last method Marijuana Investor News discusses is the tincture, which is a mixture plant extract in an alcohol solution. Tinctures are generally dosed as a few droplets and placed under the tongue or in a beverage. Tinctures are generally very potent and may take a while to take effect. 

Want to know more? Visit Marijuana Investor News for the lowdown on each vehicle for marijuana consumption.