Cannabis Tinctures: A Newbie’s Guide to Tincture Oil

Last Updated on Sep 27, 2022 by Mark Conklin, RN, MHA

Learn everything you need to know about cannabis tinctures, including what a cannabis tincture is, the benefits of taking a tincture over other options, and how to use a marijuana tincture.

Cannabis Tinctures

With the ongoing legalization of cannabis products throughout the U.S. and beyond, more and more people are getting access to various medicinal marijuana products. A quickly-growing body of research shows that the active ingredients in cannabis — cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — may have a wide array of potential medical applications, from anxiety to seizure management. [1]

Since there are so many marijuana products available on the market (including cannabis tinctures, edibles, flowers, concentrates, and creams) it can be difficult for new users to understand the specific uses and effects of each.

Medical cannabis tinctures are one of the most fast-acting and potent types of products on the market. They are also very simple to use. Read on to learn more about how to use marijuana tinctures and find out whether they are the right product for you.

What is a Cannabis Tincture?

Marijuana tinctures are one of the purest and oldest forms of medicinal cannabis and would have been used during pre-prohibition times (before 1937) in the US. [2] Medical cannabis tinctures are simply liquids made from cannabis extract (THC and/or CBD) and alcohol. These are liquid concentrates that come in glass bottles with a dropper. For fast results, tinctures are taken sublingually, but they can also be mixed into food or drinks.

Benefits of Using a Marijuana Tincture

Cannabis tinctures are popular options for many medical marijuana users because they are simple to use. There’s no extra preparation or special materials needed, which also makes them a very discreet option for people on the go.

Tinctures are also very pure and fast-acting: simply place a few drops under the tongue, and you will start to feel the effects in about 15 minutes. Unlike many edibles where you may not know how much THC or CBD you are ingesting, with tinctures it’s easy to get an exact measurement. This makes cannabis tinctures an excellent choice for those who want to personalize their dosing, and even choose their desired ratio of THC to CBD.

You may also choose to use cannabis tinctures either sublingually (dissolved under the tongue) or topically (rubbed into the skin). Tinctures are thus a great option if you have a medical condition that prevents you from smoking or vaping or if you have stomach ailments that may make you reluctant to ingest edibles or take gel capsules.

Cannabis Tinctures droppers

What’s the Difference Between a THC Tincture and a CBD Tincture?

When purchasing medical marijuana products, it’s important to understand the difference between products made from THC tinctures and products made from their milder cousin, CBD. Each has the potential to offer a similar range of health benefits, but with CBD you do not feel the psychotropic effects (the “high”) that you get from THC-based products.

Many products contain both CBD and THC in varying ratios, which are usually listed with the CBD content first. For instance, a ratio of 1:3 (CBD: THC) means that the substance has 3 parts of THC for every one part of CBD. That said, the CBD tinctures you purchase online must have less than 0.3% THC. Check your local state laws to determine if you can purchase more potent cannabis tinctures at a local dispensary, or if your state requires that you have a medical marijuana card before you are eligible to purchase higher THC potency products.

In states where marijuana has been made legal for recreational use, you will be able to purchase either THC dominant or CBD dominant products.

Medical uses of Cannabis Tinctures

Some examples of conditions officially approved for treatment with medical marijuana in the U.S. include:

  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Pain management
  • Seizure disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Management of cancer symptoms
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Nausea

CBD, in particular, is an anti-inflammatory, which means that it is potentially useful for a broad range of health problems. A growing body of research points to its potential for managing issues such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. [3] [4]

Medical marijuana products may effectively manage various depression and anxiety disorders because of the way they work to restore the balance of certain neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. [5]

A recent study from the American Academy of Neurology tested the effects of medical marijuana (both THC and CBD tinctures) on 204 elderly people with a range of diseases including neuropathic pain, insomnia, and Parkinson’s disease. 69% of patients reported at least some relief of symptoms, and a tincture with a ratio of 1:1 appeared to result in the least side effects. [6]

medical use of cannabis tinctures

How to use a Marijuana Tincture

Wondering how to use a marijuana tincture? Fortunately, this is one of the simplest and most discreet types of products out there, and it’s easy to adjust the dosage to suit your preferences as well. For fast results, drop the recommended amount on the product label under your tongue (sublingually).

The arterial blood supply under the tongue aids in what is one of the quickest absorption methods, usually taking an effect in about half an hour. If you think that you would like to try a higher dose, just increase it by a small amount the next day. It’s important to work your way up slowly, especially if you are using a THC-based tincture. If you don’t like the sublingual approach or taste of your tincture, you can always place your drops in a drink or on food. However, these ingestion methods will result in slower absorption into your body.

Is a Medical Cannabis Tincture Right for you?

The preferred dosage of a tincture will vary from person to person, depending on their pain level, the type of problem they are trying to manage, and whether they are using a CBD or THC tincture. If you are under medical supervision, consult with your physician to determine the appropriate THC to CBD ratio.

The preferred dosage of a tincture will vary from person to person, depending on their pain level, the type of problem they are trying to manage, and whether they are using a CBD or THC tincture. If you are under medical supervision, consult with your physician to determine the appropriate THC to CBD ratio.

Cannabis Tincture Guidelines

  • For anxiety and stress, and especially panic attacks, use a high CBD product with a ratio of 20:1.
  • If you want a psychoactive high, you want to reduce inflammation, stimulate appetite or have mental relaxation, look for a THC tincture with a ratio of 0:1.
  • A 1:3 ratio has a small amount of CBD. CBD can minimize some of THC’s side effects, and this ratio can be useful for those who want pain relief without an intense high.
  • A 1:1 ratio may be ideal for anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and fibromyalgia. This is also an excellent place to start if you’re not sure what you want as it tends to offer benefits across a spectrum of health issues.
  • For stomach issues, depression, seizures, or neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, arthritis or even skin conditions, you may want to try tinctures with a higher ratio of CBD oil (e.g., 3:1 or higher).

Medical cannabis tinctures have a lot of benefits. They are great for those looking for CBD products to help with daily or intense pain and need something fast-acting and easy to use.

Ask your health care consultant for information on how much to take and what type of cannabis tincture is best for you.

If you have any questions please contact THC Physicians. If you live in New York or Florida, feel free to visit THC Physician to see if you qualify for a card today.

Marijuana Tincture FAQ

Can I use THC tinctures for anxiety?

THC tinctures can be used for anxiety as well as a wide range of medically-approved ailments. If you are taking medical marijuana, consult with your recommending physician as to the usage and dose of the tincture.

How can get THC tinctures in Florida?

THC tinctures are available for patients with medical marijuana cards in Florida. They are just one of a wide range of delivery types available to patients for a wide range of ailments.

What are THC tinctures uses?

THC tinctures are often recommended by medical marijuana doctors for common ailments such as: anxiety, pain relief, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, MS, and other debilitating conditions.

Do tinctures work?

A wide body of evidence suggests that tinctures, like other forms of medical marijuana, do provide relief to patients who use them.

How do you use a marijuana tincture?

To use a marijuana tincture squeeze the dropper at the top of the bottle, ensure the appropriate dosage is contained in the vile, and then place the liquid under the tongue (sublingually). It is recommended that you wait 15-30 seconds to allow the liquid to absorb, but you can swallow at any time. You may also mix with other liquids if you don’t like the taste.

What are marijuana tincture side effects?

Marijuana tinctures may evoke some side effects in some patients just as other forms of marijuana (ex. smokable) would. These include slow reaction time, euphoria, impaired balance, lethargy, paranoia or anxiety, or a dry mouth.

How long does it take for a tincture to kick in?

Because tinctures are taken sublingually, they have very quick and effective times compared to other delivery options. Most patients can expect to feel the effects within 15 minutes.

Do tinctures work like edibles?

Tinctures work like edibles and other forms of marijuana with the exception being tinctures typically work faster and allow for a more accurate dosing mechanism.



Howard Seth Meiselman, DO

Medically reviewed by Howard Seth Meiselman, DO — Written by Mark Conklin 

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Mark Conklin, RN, MHA

Mark Conklin is the founder and CEO of Tierra Healthcare Concepts and is also part of the medical team. He has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field working at the executive management level and as a medical professional. Education RN, BS Biology, and Master of Health Administration course curriculum.

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