Tinctures are versatile for a number of reasons. Not only can they be added to a wide variety of food and beverages but they also possess numerous benefits.
The alleged benefits of tinctures are the ease of dosing through a dropper, lesser doses required, a shelf life of many months, and supposed “natural” origin of most of them. Here are few of them discussed:
- 1. Drop-by-Drop Dosing: Concentrates, flower and baked goods are generally harder to titrate but incase of cannabis tinctures you can dispense a single drop or two as tinctures allow you to titrate precisely the right dose.
- 2. Minimum Effective Dose: Tinctures are perfect way to learn your minimum effective dose (MED), or the smallest amount of cannabis that is effective for your condition. Learning your MED saves money, lowers your cannabis tolerance, helps you select products with the correct potency.
- 3. Discreet Sublingual Application: By taking tinctures directly under the tongue, cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This administration method is also preferable for those seeking a discreet way to consume cannabis, without the odor created by smoking or vaping.
- 4. Low-calorie: Unlike many cannabis edibles, tinctures are low calorie—a great solution if you’re actively managing your weight. The average tincture made with 140 proof alcohol is about 7 calories/ml, whereas most baked goods are around 100-200 calories.