Tinctures are one of the healthiest forms of consuming cannabis. Simply put, a tincture is a cannabis oil (also known as a “dropper”). After processing the flower, cannabis leaves are infused with oil, most often olive and MCT oil. They are taken sub-lingually, placing the desired amount under your tongue for 10-20 seconds.
Tinctures were the most prevalent method to consume cannabis until they were federally banned in 1937. Back then, they were commonly used for aches and pains, and were incredibly popular!
We like to think there is a tincture for everyone. Whether you’re looking for pain relief, reduced inflammation, or simply seeking a product to provide relaxation, there’s an oil with just the right cannabinoids for that. Cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and even their pre-cursors THCA and CBDA! Here’s a quick rundown of what each can do.
- THC: Calms the nervous system, great for pain relief, stimulates appetite
- CBD: Balances the immune system, regulates serotonin, calms anxiety
- THCA: Anti-inflammatory, great for pain relief, effective neuro-protectant.
- CBDA: Anti-inflammatory (most potent), reduces nausea, calms anxiety
These cannabis oils have a reputation for having a fast onset. A tincture will usually kick in 25-40 minutes and last about 5-6 hours*. What we love about tinctures is that the feeling is gradual, rather than an immediate effect like that of smoking cannabis.
So, without further ado, we’d like to share some of our favorite tinctures at The Higher Path. All 5 are well-respected, all-around amazing products, but each carries its own unique benefits.
This CBDA-rich tincture from Awakened has a 3:1 CBDA: THCA ratio. Both cannabinoids have incredible benefits. Let’s start with exploring what the dominant cannabinoid, CBDA, has to offer.
CBDA’s most prominent feature is its anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that it is a thousand times more potent than CBD for reducing inflammation. This makes it fantastic for arthritis, body recovery, and post-workouts. CBDA can also help fight nausea and anxiety by directly activating a serotonin receptor (serotonin being the chemical responsible for sleep, anxiety, moods)
This specific tincture is made with olive oil, which gives it that raw cannabis taste. It may seem gross at first. Trust me, you get used to it, and then it becomes (somewhat) enjoyable. Olive oil-based tinctures also have their own benefits. With no additives, you’re getting that pure plant extract, full spectrum giving you all the healthy cannabinoids.
CBDA is great for patients with osteoarthritis. We recommend it to any patient we meet whose hands or knees have been in aching pain. Many have called back thanking for the recommendation, within two days! The cannabinoid also works really well for athletes looking to rest their muscles after lengthy workouts, during which your muscles become inflamed.
This wonderful tincture is made by Cosmic View, one of the many women-owned companies we carry. This tincture has a CBD-rich ratio of 3:1, making it ideal for daytime use for work or simple tasks. What we love most about this tincture is its ability to make the body feel whole. CBD harmoniously regulates serotonin levels, which helps with appetite, mood swings, and anxiety.
For very energetic people, who forget to take their time when facing rigorous and detail-oriented tasks. This tincture can help you slow down, focus and think about what youneeded to do. It is a very calming experience without the head-high.
Another awesome aspect we love; Cosmic View makes this tincture with sustainably grown cannabis, using the best parts of the flower to offer the full-spectrum effect. They also use 100% pure holistic ingredients for this tincture.
For anyone looking for a very rich-CBD product, look no further because this 40:1 Care By Design tincture is the highest we have (well that’s only the case if you don’t have a medical card). A staggering 32mg of CBD per serving and contains less than 1 mg of THC per serving. What are some of the benefits that come with such a high amount of CBD? First, so much CBD is exceptionally relaxing for our bodies! CBD is linked to our CB2 receptors, which are located all around our immune system. This includes your arms, legs, gut, and back. When the CBD binds to CB2 receptors, it calms the immune system down, creating a very relaxing feeling without the psychotropic effects.
This tincture is also quite popular for people who want to quit smoking nicotine or any other substance. That counts for THC as well, perfect for someone looking to get a tolerance break). CBD is so strong that it calms that very need. We should also mention that the tincture is made with MCT Oil, which is great for digesting fat and nutrients, weight loss, and appetite control.
Staying true to its name, this tincture really lightens the mood. Everything just feels better with Mood Magic. Some patients we meet say it’s helped them get through menstrual pain, all while making even the simplest of tasks just a little more bearable. That said, it’s the THC that helps with the pain. Since THC calms our nervous system, it’s great for all sorts of relief and relaxation.
The tincture also has some incredible ingredients such as maca root which relieves symptoms of menopause. Maca is also surprisingly known to increase libido in men and women. Mood Magic also has eleuthero root, which is reported to improve cognitive function. And last dandelion root, which contains many potent antioxidants. However, the most fruitful ingredient is the raspberry leaf, which gives such an amazing taste. It’s very fruity yet subtle, which is what makes it the most enjoyable flavored tinctures to us.
Now, this tincture packs a punch, which is why it’s one of our favorite products at The Higher Path. It is a high-THC tincture from Proof. There’s around 30 mg per 0.5ml serving (that’s half the dropper) If you’re someone who has built up a strong tolerance to edibles and is looking to up your game, trying this tincture is a great place to start. It is a blissful, yet focused high, perfect for getting a great deal of work done. Its been known to enhance one’s creativity, offering new ideas and new takes on projects you may be putting off.
For anyone with a high tolerance looking for something strong, this right here is the product you’re looking for.