Learning More About How Cannabis Tinctures Work

Tinctures have been a cornerstone of natural medicine for centuries, offering a unique way to harness the benefits of cannabis. They provide a simple, discreet, and precise method to consume cannabis, allowing for easy control over dosage. But how do they work? Here at Peake ReLeaf, we believe in the power of cannabis education. In this blog, we’ll tap into what tinctures are, how they work, and why they could be a worthy addition to your wellness routine.

What are ‘cannabis tinctures’?

A cannabis tincture is a liquid extract that is made by soaking cannabis flower or isolates in a solvent to pull out the active compounds from the cannabis plant, including cannabinoids like THC and CBD, resulting in a concentrated, easy-to-dose form of this medicinal plant.


You can find tinctures in several types, each using a different solvent to extract the active ingredients. Alcohol-based tinctures are the most common, but glycerin-based and vinegar-based options offer alternatives for those avoiding alcohol. Tinctures are administered simply by dropping the liquid under the tongue.


It’s also important to consider the time of day when using tinctures. For instance, a tincture designed for relaxation and sleep support is best used in the evening, while one intended for energy and focus might be more beneficial in the morning.


Finally, always store your tincture in a cool, dark place to maintain its potency and extend its shelf life. Proper storage ensures that each dose of your tincture remains as effective as the first.  

The Science Behind Cannabis Tinctures

Once a tincture is administered, that’s when the magic happens. When the tincture is placed under the tongue, the body absorbs these compounds quickly. This sublingual method allows the active ingredients to bypass the digestive system and enter the bloodstream directly, leading to faster and more efficient absorption than other edibles that need to be digested.


The body then metabolizes these extracts, often with the liver playing a key role in processing the cannabinoids, which influences the compounds’ effects on the body and mind. This metabolic process, primarily involving liver enzymes, converts cannabinoids into compounds that can interact more effectively with the body’s systems.


These compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of receptors found throughout the body, including in the brain, organs, and tissues. The ECS plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes such as mood, pain sensation, appetite, and memory.


Cannabinoids from cannabis tinctures can mimic the body’s natural endocannabinoids, binding to ECS receptors and helping to restore balance or homeostasis within the body. This interaction is what allows cannabis tinctures to be effective in managing symptoms and improving overall wellness, offering therapeutic benefits that are both broad and potentially profound.

How to Use Cannabis Tinctures

Consuming cannabis tinctures is very user-friendly and can be tailored to fit your specific needs. Just like any cannabis product, it’s important to start with a low dose and gradually adjust based on your response. This golden rule, often called “Start Low and Go Slow,” makes sure you have a comfortable and controlled experience.


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For direct and fast-acting effects, place the tincture drops under your tongue and hold them there for about 30-60 seconds before swallowing. This allows the active compounds to be adequately absorbed through the mucus membranes in your mouth. It’s a preferred method for those seeking quick relief from symptoms like pain or anxiety.


Alternatively, tinctures can be added to foods or beverages. This ingestion method results in a slower onset of effects, as the active ingredients must pass through the digestive system before being absorbed. However, the effects tend to last longer, making this a good option for managing chronic conditions that require sustained relief. 

Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures

The incredible science behind cannabis tinctures comes with a ton of benefits. If you’re considering trying cannabis tinctures, here are some bonuses you can expect:

  • Precise Dosing: Tinctures make it extremely easy to measure out exactly how much you need, allowing for control and consistent consumption and experiences. This can be particularly beneficial for those who need to fine-tune their dosages for specific therapeutic effects.
  • Quicker Onset: Because tinctures that are placed under the tongue don’t need to be digested, they can provide fast relief from symptoms without using an inhalation consumption method.
  • Versatility: Tinctures can be used alone, placed under the tongue for quick absorption, or added to foods and beverages for a more gradual effect. This versatility makes tinctures an excellent choice for those who prefer not to smoke or vaporize cannabis.
  • Discreet and Portable: The packaging of tinctures allows them to be used without drawing attention, which is perfect for those who value privacy in their cannabis consumption. 
  • Longer Lasting: Tinctures tend to have a longer shelf life than many other cannabis products if they are stored properly. This allows you to use tinctures at your leisure and not worry about your cannabis going to waste.


Exploring Tinctures at Peake ReLeaf Medical & Recreational Cannabis Dispensary

Dive into the world of natural wellness with Peake ReLeaf’s selection of cannabis tinctures. Our tinctures provide a precise, discreet, easy-to-use option to meet your health and wellness goals. From relaxation to pain relief, we offer tinctures for both you and your furry friends! 


Ready to experience the benefits for yourself? Visit our menu here and discover the perfect tincture to complement your lifestyle.

*The contents of this blog are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.*

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