What are the effects of THC Tincture?
February 26, 2019
What is THC Tincture?
THC tinctures are one of the oldest methods of ingesting cannabis. While it may sound new to people who aren’t exactly cannabis connoisseurs, cannabis tinctures have existed long before the prohibition of the plant became a thing. THC tinctures are marijuana liquid extracts formed by placing the substance of interest into a liquid solvent. The function of the solvent is to extract and store whatever component is desirable in the substance for further use.
With THC tinctures, the most common solvent used is alcohol but other liquids like oil, vinegar and even glycerin can be used. However, alcohol is more popularly adopted because it provides better results. Common tinctures used in the mainstream are known as CBD tinctures. However, if you set out to make THC tincture, then one would need a strain of marijuana with very high THC content. This could be any strain from the Indica family as they are more likely to contain high levels of THC. However, with CBD tincture cannabis strains with lower THC content and higher CBD like sativa are mostly used so as to extract as much CBD as possible.
How is THC tincture ingested?
THC tincture is consumed orally. This can be either through the mouth, sublingually, or even mixed with food to be eaten. It is not always as effective as smoking the plant but is definitely the most discreet method of consumption. It doesn’t come with the characteristic earthy smell and only needs a few seconds to administer. Tinctures are best consumed sublingually as this allows the lining under the tongue to absorb them directly to the arteries for faster action. Care must be taken not to swallow if fast action is anticipated.
THC tinctures are often stored in Amber dropper bottles to allow easier administration. The dark color of the bottle helps to prevent sunlight from entering into the bottle thereby preserving the tincture for a longer period of time.
How is THC tincture made?
The preparation of THC tinctures culminates when the extracts from the cannabis are decarboxylated to eliminate the carbon bonded to the THC. This releases the THC from its non-reactive form (THCA). This decarboxylation process is done by heating the tincture to activate the compounds present. Without this, the tincture will possess very little psychoactive components and is not capable of delivering the “highness” for which the plant is known.
Side effects of THC tincture
The most common effects is dry mouth. Seeing as they are often used to treat serious health conditions, dry mouth doesn’t seem like much of a big deal. There is also another side effect that comes with taking tinctures. Their presence may interfere with your body’s ability to synthesize other drugs that you may be taking. For this reason, it is always advised that you consult with your doctor before you decide if THC tincture is good for you. They are aslo popularly used in the treatment of chronic pain and inflammatory health conditions.
THC tinctures has the same effects that one experiences when consuming marijuana. This includes;
- Impaired balance and coordination
- Slowed reaction time
Other side effects include;
- Short term memory loss
- A lack of motivation
- Reduced resistance and inhibitions
- Impaired cognitive abilities
- Difficulty in learning and reduced problem solving abilities
- Lack of awareness for the immediate environment
- Panic attacks
- Anxiety and increased heart rates
Just like it is with marijuana, care must be taken when using cannabis for the treatment of health conditions and even in recreational use as there is a possibility for addiction.
Health benefits of THC tincture
As an extract of marijuana, THC tincture has a lot of health benefit and can be used in the treatment of a wide range of health problems. This includes;
- High blood levels (hyperglycemia)
- Degeneration of the nervous system
- Bacterial growth
- Artery blockage
- Muscle spasms
- Bone degeneration
- Low appetite
- Chronic pain and inflammation and so much more
THC tinctures can also be applied in the treatment of neurological disorders including PTSD, OCD and panic disorder among others, this is because of its ability to help with brain activity.
How to consume THC tincture
If you are new to tinctures of cannabis as a whole, it is always advisable to start off slow in order to find a dose that works for you. Two or three drops would be your starting point with a waiting period of about an hour or two to see how it affects you.
This gives you enough time for the THC to spread through your entire system and allow your body to start reacting. It is also advisable to wait long enough so as to ensure that you are not stacking up the doses rather than taking a fresh dose.
Benefits of using THC tinctures
Unlike smoking, consuming THC in liquid form offers a different line of benefits. These include;
- Easier to control doses and amounts
- Effects are felt quickly especially when ingested sublingually
- THC offers the extra quality of discreteness that makes them easier to consume anywhere and anytime
- They are a lot safer seeing as its consumption is easier to monitor
- When properly stored, they have a long shelf life
In conclusion, tinctures are beginning to gain more and more publicity as people are beginning to get aware of this rather simple way of ingesting cannabis. They are usually readily available at most cannabis dispensaries and are particularly easy to make from the cannabis plant.