Medical Marijuana Tinctures
Many medical marijuana patients are happy to learn about tinctures of marijuana. A tincture is an alcohol-based liquid mixture. It is like a concentrated extract. Currently there are tinctures of marijuana seed made with alcohol, oil or glycerin. It is a very effective way to use medical marijuana. Drops of the tincture are placed under the tongue (sublingually) and the medication passes through the blood vessels and enters the bloodstream. You will feel the onset of effects of the tinctures in about 5 – 15 minutes with the peak effect at about 30 minutes after taking the medication. For many patients, the effects are similar to inhaled cannabis.
The benefits of using a tincture of cannabis:
- no irritating smoke
- it is fast-acting
- no equipment except the bottle and the eyedropper
- no smell
- can be used discreetly.
Patients who require quick relief of pain (i.e. for migraine headaches) find that the rapid onset is very helpful. Patients who are unhappy or uncomfortable with the smoking aspects of marijuana use also enjoy the tinctures.
It is interesting to note that tinctures of cannabis were widely available around the mid 1800′s. Most apothecaries manufactured their own tinctures of marijuana. Years later a number of pharmaceutical companies began to manufacture tinctures of cannabis, using marijuana from India (thought to be superior) and promising consistency in dosage. Currently tinctures are available in dispensaries or can be made at home.