When you first obtain your medical marijuana card, you may be surprised to see the diversity of products you have access to at a dispensary. If you prefer not to smoke or vape cannabis, oral cannabis options like edibles and tinctures are bound to attract your attention. Below is an in-depth overview of tinctures vs edibles, what to expect, and more.
THC Tinctures vs Edibles – A Closer Look at Two Unique Cannabis Products
What is the difference between tinctures and edibles? Take a closer look at these two cannabis products below.
What are cannabis tinctures?
Cannabis tinctures are liquid cannabis products made with valuable compounds extracted from the plant like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), or other cannabinoids. Technically, cannabis tinctures are a type of cannabis concentrate, even though tinctures are often assumed to simply be liquid-form cannabis edibles. There are many different types of cannabis tinctures. Many contain single cannabinoids like THC, while others are considered broad or full-spectrum because they contain a full collection of cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant.
Herbal tinctures have been used in medicine for many years. There are actually mentions of cannabis tinctures in some medical journals that date back to the 1840s. While modern preparations may be more advanced with cannabis tinctures, the method of dosing is still the same. Tinctures are usually taken sublingually (the liquid is placed under the tongue). However, they can also be simply swallowed.
What are cannabis edibles?
Cannabis edibles are consumable foods or drinks that have been infused with cannabis extracts. The most popular type of cannabis edible today is gummies, which are gummy candies that offer a precise dose of cannabinoids. Nevertheless, edibles can be everything from candies, chocolate, and cookies to savory snacks and beverages.
Edibles were once typically brownies or cookies made at home using raw cannabis flower. However, today, the legal market has made edibles far more diverse and reliable. Manufacturers use cannabis extracts to make sure each serving has a consistent dose of cannabinoids. In most states, the legal limit of THC in a single serving of a cannabis edible is between 5 and 10 milligrams.
Do Tinctures Work Like Edibles?
Both tinctures and edibles work by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is made up of cannabinoid receptors that are distributed in different parts of the brain and nervous system. Even though the cannabinoids may have a differing route of delivery into the body, the cannabinoids do still affect the ECS in the same way.
Do Tinctures Work Faster Than Edibles?
When tinctures are consumed sublingually, you should start to feel the effects within about 15 minutes. When you place the tincture under the tongue and hold it in place for about 30 to 60 seconds, the cannabinoids are absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. However, if you simply swallow the tincture, you can face the same wait time for the duration of effects as edibles, which can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more. When you consume cannabinoids in edible form, they are processed by the digestive system. Therefore, it takes longer for the effects to occur.
It should be noted as well, certain types of edibles kick in a bit faster than others. For example, you may see some fast-acting cannabis beverages that tend to kick in within 10 to 15 minutes. This is because the liquid is partially absorbed in the mouth and throat, and the contained cannabinoids reach the endocannabinoid system quicker than an edible that must go to the stomach first.
Are THC Tinctures Stronger Than Edibles?
Tinctures and edibles can have similar per-serving potencies. Just be sure to pay attention to the potency of the product and how many milligrams of THC are in a serving. As noted earlier, edibles are generally dosed between 5 and 10mg of THC per serving. Tinctures have different amounts of THC in a bottle depending on the product. For example, you may see a bottle that contains 100 mg of THC with instructions to take 0.5 milliliters of the tincture for a 5mg dose. Or, you may see some tinctures noted with something like “1mg of THC per drop.”
Are Tinctures Better Than Edibles?
Both tinctures and edibles offer advantages, and each type of cannabis product can be preferable for different individuals. For example, some individuals prefer edibles because the dose of THC is remeasured and precise. On the other hand, someone looking to microdose THC a milligram or two at a time may be more likely to prefer tinctures. Some individuals enjoy the range of products that are available in edible form, while others may prefer to consume primarily cannabinoids without added ingredients.
A Final Word on Edibles vs Tinctures from Compassionate Care Consultants
Finding the correct cannabis product for you personally makes all the difference in how comfortable you are with the experience. If you need help obtaining your medical marijuana card in your state, reach out to Compassionate Care Consultants to schedule a consultation.