Medical marijuana exists in many different forms; among these, CBD tinctures are quickly growing in popularity in the United States.
For patients with certain conditions, it is a recognized way of accessing the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana as opposed to traditional methods such as vapor inhalation.
Tinctures are usually made using strains of hemp that have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD), which is the non-psychoactive component of medical marijuana. The marijuana is added together with alcohol and when it becomes solvent, the tincture is formed.
Thanks to their high levels of CBD and next to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD tincture use may mean you can experience all the benefits of medical marijuana without experiencing any of the effects associated with recreational use.
What you need to consider before using tinctures
To make the most of the medical benefits of CBD tinctures, here’s what you need to know.
- If it’s the first time you’ll be using CBD tinctures, take it slow and keep the dosage as low as possible or as prescribed by your doctor. Different people respond differently to tinctures, so it’s always good to start small to gauge its effects before going further.
- These tinctures are generally highly concentrated, so even a small amount may have a significant impact—be mindful of the dosage you take.
- Have someone supervise you and potential reactions you may have when you take the tincture for the first time.
- Follow the dosage instructions on the bottle or discuss them with your doctor to determine the best dosage for you.
- Make sure you have a place to store the tincture safely, out of the reach of children or household pets.
How to use CBD tinctures
If you’ve been approved for medical marijuana use and your doctor prescribes a tincture, start off by giving the bottle a good shake. This ensures the CBD and the rest of the solution are mixed properly.
Then, using the dropper, take a measured amount of the tincture and apply a few drops of the solution under your tongue slowly. Close your mouth and hold the solution under your tongue for at least 30 seconds and allow the tincture to be absorbed into the veins.
You can also try massaging the area under your tongue before applying the tincture to speed up the absorption process.
It’s also important to keep in mind that the effect of the tincture may not be immediate and how long it takes for users to experience these effects will depend on each person and the potency of the tincture.
If administering CBD tinctures under your tongue isn’t the right option for you or you find the taste unpalatable, there are a few other ways you can take it.
Add it to your food
Adding drops of CBD tincture to your food may mask the flavor of the tincture while allowing you to experience its benefits.
Making food or beverages with CBD tinctures is not as simple as adding a few drops in, however; you’ll need to follow certain recipes that specify the proper way to prepare food with the tincture.
Apply it to your skin
If you don’t want to consume the tincture, you could try rubbing it directly onto your skin.
This may be useful for treating swelling or pain in different parts of your body. You can even try mixing the tincture into other CBD topical products, like creams and lotions.
That said, the effects of CBD may be a lot slower when you’re using this method.
Keep in mind that the dosage outlined on the bottles will also only apply when you’re using it sublingually, so be careful when you’re applying it on your skin or mixing it into other products. Always consult a doctor before using the tincture this way.
CBD tincture use could help you enjoy improved health outcomes
There is a wide range of CBD products available for treating different kinds of medical conditions, and with the help of a licensed professional, you can discover which of these CBD products are the best for you.
Remember that you will need to have your medical marijuana card to be eligible for CBD tincture use.