Patients Guide to Cannabis Tinctures

As access to cannabis becomes easier for consumers, the numbers can sometimes be confusing for a newbie or even a long time user who never really worried about that stuff. To make sure you’re getting the most effective strength in your cannabis, knowing the numbers is a must. For you reference, here’s a handy guide that can make gathering that information a little easier.

What ARE Tinctures?

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. 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.

In Louisiana, doctors and pharmacies make the choices for patients much easier by offering only certain delivery systems. Having to decide which one is a choice for your and your doctor. As for strength and combination, you and your doctor will also have to discuss what your goals are. Medical cannabis treats a very wide variety of things from insomnia and pain to Alzheimers Disease and PTSD.

Not only are tinctures easy to use, they allow for more exact dosing than other options. This allows adjusting dosage to personalize it. 

How to use a Marijuana Tincture

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. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your dose to get the maximum benefit. 

Cannabis Tincture Guidelines

As a general guide, the following dosages are recommended by physicians to treat specific conditions. However, check with your cannabis physician to confirm best dosage for you.

  • 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).

Want to know more?

The physicians and staff at The Healing Clinics are ready to help you find out more. Contact us today to see if marijuana fits with your treatment plan.