If you think tinctures aren’t for you, think again.
What does the word “tincture” bring to mind?
Romantic Victorian poets reclining languidly on chaise lounges? Or maybe snake-oil prescribing doctors of the American frontier? The word can conjure many images, but your understanding of these remedies might be lacking. It’s understandable.
It wasn’t until recently that tinctures saw a resurgence in popularity among people looking for anxiety and pain relief. They’ve become so mainstream that you can buy CBD tinctures at your local organic grocer or online (you have to visit a Michigan dispensary for remedies containing THC).
That’s right. Tinctures are no longer limited to your New Age friend who knows about crystal energies and Tulum yoga retreats. Everyone is embracing them today. But there’s more.
Now that Michiganders are starting to reject the crusade against cannabis, you can head on over to your favorite dispensary and buy cannabis tinctures!
Before we dive into the many cannabis tincture perks, there are a few things to address.
What is a tincture?
Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts made by soaking herbs and flowers in an alcohol solvent for weeks to remove the plant material. They come in dark-colored bottles to protect the liquid from light and use droppers for easy-dosage.
Michigan cannabis brands use the same process to make their tinctures but extract cannabinoids like THC and CBD and terpenes from the cannabis plant instead of just herbs.
What are the Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures?
- Dosage control — drop-by-drop dosing allows for greater control and more precision. Tinctures are perfect for beginners who are trying to find their minimum effective dose. Everyone is different, and what may work for one person might not work for another. If you want to microdose, start low and go slow with tinctures (just like edibles).
- Extremely Fast Onset — when you need immediate relief, you want the effects to hit quickly and efficiently. Where edibles can take up to an hour for the effects to kick in, tinctures, when taken sublingually (under the tongue), allow you to feel the effects in under 15 minutes. Along with easy-dosing control, this helps people understand how cannabis affects them before they start moving on with the rest of their day.
- Discretion — unlike most other cannabis consumption methods, tinctures don’t have a noticeable cannabis fragrance. You won’t draw unwanted attention, and the bottles are easy-to-transport (put one in your backpack or purse) and discrete.
- Non-Inhalable — Combustibles and inhalation can be hard on your respiratory system. And in light of coronavirus, many people, understandably, want to opt-out of anything that puts their lungs at risk. Plus, you decrease the risk of spreading bacteria when you’re not sharing pipes, joints, and bongs.
- Fewer-calories — Tinctures contain fewer calories than gummies, brownies, and chocolates. You’ll receive the same benefits and experience with tinctures but won’t have to worry about its impact on your waistline (unless you’re munchies-prone, then all bets are off).
Who Can Benefit From Cannabis Tinctures?
Cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for regulating everything from mood to pain, to metabolism to sleep. It’s a complex system that touches many brain and body processes, including the immune system.
Because of this, people are consuming cannabis as an alternative to aggressive pharmaceuticals with unwanted side effects.
Cannabis isn’t just for the people wanting to relax and mellow out (although who DOESN’T want that?)
It’s for ALL the people out there suffering from ailments like arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, Chron’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, MS, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, Tourettes, and insomnia. And people who want to reduce anxiety, cardiovascular disease, seizures, weight, or the risk of diabetes. The list of people who can benefit from cannabis tinctures can go on and on.
For women, cannabis has been shown to effectively alleviate cramps, aches, and nausea during menstrual cycles and PMS. It has also been shown to help treat cervical cancer as well as ease the effects of menopause.
In Ancient Mesopotamia, women used cannabis for menstrual pain, bloating, urinary tract infections, and even lessening the agony of contractions during childbirth. That’s right; people have used cannabis for medicinal purposes for millennia.
The History of Tinctures
The history of medicinal tinctures spans centuries. You’re a busy person, so we’ll cut to the chase!
From ancient Egypt to Victorian times, medicine throughout the world routinely involved tinctures. They were referenced as early as the 11th century by Persian polymath Ibn Sina in The Canon of Medicine. This early encyclopedia of medicine was revered as the medical bible for centuries and has helped set current medical practice standards.
However, it wasn’t until the 1800s when Western medicine first referenced cannabis tinctures in WB O’Shaughnessy’s On The Preparation of Indian Hemp and Gunjah.
Of course, people consumed cannabis for medicinal purposes before O’Shaughnessy’s research.
Emperor Chen Nung, the Father of Chinese Medicine, “discovered” the healing properties of “Ma,” the Chinese word for cannabis, in 2900 BCE. But it wasn’t until doctors began to administer cannabis to Queen Victoria for PMS that cannabis tinctures became well known.
Soon there was a massive cannabis tincture boom, with apothecaries establishing in-house brands. Cannabis tinctures became so prevalent that they even appeared in the United States Pharmacopoeia until the 1930s-1940s.
The “Marihuana” Tax Act of 1937 made medical cannabis research nearly impossible for decades and effectively outlawed cannabis, so tinctures virtually disappeared.
Now, with legalization and with the US Federal Administration’s slow withdrawal from the War on Drugs, tinctures have begun to experience a renaissance. And for excellent reasons!
Here are five tinctures in stock at Timber’s Muskegon dispensary that we want you to know:
- Urban Roots CBD Relax (2000MG CBD)
- Mary’s Medicinals The Remedy 1:1 (150MG THC / 150MG CBD) – (Adult Use only)
- Rise 1:1:1 (165MG THC / 165MG CBD / 165MG THCA) – (Med only)
- Choice Labs 450MG THC – (Med only)
- Treetown 200MG THC – (Adult Use only)