Cannabis Tincture: The Power of THC and CBD, Captured In a Bottle

f you’ve stopped by any of our family of dispensaries before, you know there’s no end of high-tech cannabis products out there in the marketplace. From sleek rechargeable vape pens to potent and flavorful cannabis concentrates and irresistable cannabis-infused edibles, the sky’s the limit when it comes to ways to access the many benefits of cannabis. But with all these cutting-edge options, we’d like to focus on one of the oldest cannabis options out there: Cannabis tinctures.

Cannabis or marijuana tincture—sometimes known simply as “THC tincture”—has a long and proud tradition as a remedy. Until the early 20th century, cannabis tinctures were a fairly uncontroversial component of American pharmacy shelves. As the wave of cannabis prohibition took hold, these effective remedies more or less disappeared. But today, you can use marijuana tincture to fight pain and inflammation, reduce anxiety and stress, and help us find deeper, more restorative sleep, among other beneficial effects.

Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis tinctures, including what they are, how they work, and why they might be the perfect medicine for the job!

What Is Cannabis Tincture? A New (Old) Way to Access The Power of Cannabinoids

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “CBD oil,” you probably have a pretty good notion as to what a marijuana tincture is: A liquid containing extracts of cannabinoids in a base liquid of alcohol, a carrier oil, or glycerin. Typically packaged in a small glass bottle, cannabis tinctures come with a dropper for easy and consistent dosing.

One of the most popular base options is known as MCT, short for “medium-chain triglyceride.” Often produced from coconut oil, MCT is neutral-tasting and shelf-stable, and may even elicit its own benefits on top of those imparted by cannabinoids. When compared with smoking or vaping cannabis, marijuana tincture takes longer to take effect, in some cases up to 90 minutes if you simply swallow it. You can reduce this delay by trying what’s known as sublingual dosing.

To take a tincture sublingually, simply place the dose of THC tincture under your tongue using the dropper. Allow it to sit there for at least sixty seconds so that it can be absorbed through the blood vessels beneath the tongue. Then swish the remaining oil around your mouth, making sure to coat the inside of your cheeks with it before swallowing. For best effects, we advise you to wait another five to ten minutes before eating or drinking anything else so as to ensure that the contents of the tincture have been absorbed in the mouth before washing them down.

When taken sublingually, the tincture should take effect within 30 minutes or less. That said, we advise you to wait at least 90 minutes before taking another dose. Why? We’d hate for you to take too much. While ingesting more cannabis than you planned is very rarely dangerous, it can be unpleasant, and that’s something we work hard to avoid here!

Benefits of Using Cannabis Tinctures? Potent, Sustainable Relief

Speaking of benefits, tinctures have quite a few of them. On top of permitting more consistent and predictable dosing than smoking or vaping can, they’re shelf-stable and discreet. And unlike those other formats, they don’t introduce any potentially irritating smoke or vapor into our lungs.

While cannabis tinctures do take longer to take effect than smoking or vaping, the effects also last far longer. Once the cannabinoids have entered your bloodstream, you can expect the benefits to last anywhere from 2 to 8 hours. This makes marijuana tincture a great choice for tackling stubborn or chronic symptoms that demand a slow, long-term approach.

Shop Cannabis Products: Cannabis Tinctures, CBD Oil, and More

Looking for THC tincture for sale? If you’ve been searching “tincture near me,” we’d love to introduce you to our dispensaries serving Michigan, Massachusetts and Illinois.  Just choose the Mission dispensary closest to you and browse our expansive selection of tinctures and cannabis oils. Better yet, we invite you to visit any of our family of dispensaries and ask your friendly budtender for tips. We’d love to hook you up!

THC Tincture: FAQs

Q: Is tincture stronger than edibles?

A: No. When we consume cannabis edibles, the cannabinoids are absorbed through the digestive tract and the subjective effects are more intense. While the actual medicinal benefit is similar, the perception is that edibles are stronger.


Q: How long does it take for tinctures to kick in?

A: When swallowed, cannabis tinctures typically take between 45 – 90 minutes to take effect. When taken sublingually (under the tongue), the effects are often felt in 15 – 30 minutes instead.


Q: What’s the difference between THC oil and tincture?

A: While both contain cannabinoids, a tincture can be made from grain alcohol, glycerin, or a base carrier oil. By comparison, THC oil is always made with an oil such as MCT, a neutral oil that is associated with potential health benefits.