It is an alcoholic extract of the cannabis plant, often referred to as “green dragon”. Typically made by soaking the dried flowers of the female hemp plant in ethanol. Sometimes, it can derive their cannabinoids from leaves and stems soaked in alcohol, not just flower.
Ordinarily absorbed sublingually, under the tongue, so the cannabinoids go directly to the bloodstream. They can be mixed into foods and drinks, such as smoothies, salad dressings, and soups.
- 15 min – 1 hour
- The onset of alcohol-based tinctures is faster than edibles but not as rapid as inhalation methods.
- 2-6 hours
- Frequent users may find the effect last for a couple of hours, whereas infrequent users may feel the effect for several hours.
- Provides rapid relief
- Very discreet, with no odor
- Provides longer-lasting effects than inhaled cannabis
- More active effects and less calories than edibles
- Better at preventing accidental use than edibles
- Dosages can be more easily controlled than infused or edibles
- Unpleasant taste
- High cost
- Tincture’s potency can increase if alcohol evaporates, so bottles must opaque and tightly sealed.
- More likely to cause insomnia than edibles because of alcohol content
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