Harnessing the benefits of cannabis tinctures

Published May 4, 2023 09:00 a.m. ET
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Cannabis tinctures have never been the most popular product category, but that would likely change if more people knew about all of the different ways they can be used and the wonderful things they can do to benefit their day-to-day lives.

Tinctures offer a discreet, customizable, easy-to-control experience, in the form of a potent and versatile liquid extract that is made by extracting certain cannabis compounds using a solvent like glycerin or alcohol.

To help shine a light on a cannabis tincture's potential, we'll explore ten unique ways they can be used to elevate almost any experience.

Sublingual administration

One of the most common ways to use cannabis tinctures is to take them sublingually, which is a fancy way of saying applying it under the tongue where the active compounds are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream to deliver effects that can be felt much faster than you’d expect from ingesting edibles.

All it takes is a few drops beneath the tongue, and then some patience as you’ll need to wait a moment or two before swallowing to ensure the cannabinoids are fully absorbed.

Add it to food and drinks

Cannabis tinctures are really easy to add to almost any kind of food or drink you can think of, making them a versatile addition to any enthusiast's kitchen. They can be mixed into sauces, salad dressings, smoothies, and even cocktails, giving you to instantly add cannabis to your daily routine in a fast and enjoyable way.

Topical application

Cannabis tinctures can be just as effective when they’re applied topically for things like localized pain relief and inflammation. When a tincture is rubbed into the skin, those powerful cannabis compounds slowly make their way into the surrounding tissues, making it a great way to get targeted pain relief. They can be added to creams, lotions, and balms or used on their own.

Thoroughly clean the area you’d like to treat, and pat it dry before applying 2-10 drops or more of this amazing cannabis concentrate to the affected area. Then use a finger or two to rub it in using circular motions until most of it is absorbed. With this method, even the most potent tinctures won’t get you high, but they might offer the relief you need to get through the day or night.

Manage anxiety


Many people struggle with anxious feelings that can get in the way of things we really want to accomplish, and cannabis tinctures can offer relief, by delivering a calming effect. In most cases sublingual is the most effective method to treat anxiety, since it can come on fast at unexpected times, which means you’ll need a quick delivery to get those soothing effects started as soon as possible.

Sleep aid

Cannabis tinctures can be a great tool for those who struggle to get a good night's sleep, as cannabinoids like THC and CBD are able to help by getting you off to dreamland faster and ensuring you stay there for longer, increasing the likelihood of REM sleep which is the most important stage of sleep.

When you’re ready to head toward bed tinctures can be consumed sublingually or added to a cup of tea or other warm beverage an hour or so beforehand to help induce relaxation and sleepiness at the appropriate time.

Microdosing made easy

For enthusiasts who’d like to take advantage of the benefits of microdosing tinctures are wonderful, since they’re easy to measure with precision, guaranteeing a controlled, even dose of cannabinoids every single time. With low doses, consumers can gradually experiment with lower concentrations, to get all of the amazing benefits without ever having to worry about feeling an intense high.

Creative inspiration

If you’re looking for a way to get those creative juices flowing cannabis tinctures may just offer the inspiration you need. With a combination of euphoric relaxation and energy, it’s easy to stimulate the mind and clear those intrusive thoughts that keep getting in the way, so it’s in a state more conducive to creative thinking.

Cannabis tinctures offer a convenient, versatile, discreet, and customizable experience that suits the needs of any type of enthusiast. They can be taken sublingually, added to food and drinks, used topically, and offer a range of potential benefits, from pain relief to encouraging creative thoughts. With so many amazing ways to use tinctures, they are an incredible addition to any cannabis user's toolkit.

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