The Canadian Government is somewhat generous with what they classify as an edible, with cannabis-infused THC tincture making that list.
Officially classified as a “cannabis consumable,” THC tinctures, weed brownies, THC capsules, and weed-infused beverages are all part of Canada’s Cannabis 2.0 movement, a change in legislation that has led to the legal sale and consumption of cannabis products.
While cannabis tinctures aren’t necessarily new, they still are for many Canadians, and as the cannabis industry continues to grow, so too do options for both medicinal and recreational users.
With cannabis tinctures entering into the mix as a new way to medicate with THC, it’s essential to know what you’re getting yourself into and how to best use these kinds of products.
Today, we’ll be covering everything you need to know about what a THC tincture is, their benefits, and how to use one so you can medicate with confidence!
What is a THC Tincture?
A THC tincture is a concentrated cannabis product made using solvents to extract the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant. They’re highly potent, with some tinctures sporting up to 1500mg or even 2000mg of THC per vial.
Typically, they come in a glass dropper bottle to allow for smooth and precise dosing.
Medicating with cannabis tinctures is a relatively new practice for the modern toker. Still, it’s worth noting that civilizations and societies worldwide have historically used cannabis for religious purposes and medicinal ones.
The benefits that weed provides are proven, but many remain reluctant to experiment with or use cannabis due to the lack of accessibility that weed usually has.
We know it may be hard to believe, but not everyone wants to smoke weed to get a THC kick. Weird, right?
While edibles are starting to bridge the gap between medicinal and recreational users wishing to enjoy the benefits of weed without actually smoking or vaping it, there are no completely safe or entirely healthy alternatives for those more health-conscious.
While all of Sugar Jack’s delicious gummies are made with natural cane sugar, manuka honey, and natural flavours, not all edibles are made equal.
Cookies, brownies, and space cakes are dense in calories, high in sugar and overall not too healthy of an option if you’re watching your weight or need to monitor your blood sugar levels.
However, don’t give up altogether. All hope is not lost.
THC tincture provides just that – a healthy option for medicating with cannabis that is basically guilt-free.
Benefits of Using a THC Tincture
In addition to being a healthy, low-calorie and sugar/fat-free option for medicating with weed, a tincture holds many benefits as a consumption method.
Here are the ones we like the most!
Accurate, Easy Dosing
Edibles are championed as one of the best and easiest ways to dose cannabis.
This fact doesn’t come as a surprise, of course, as it’s way easier to track how much THC is in a gummy or a cookie than trying to figure out how much THC is in a joint or bowl.
However, there is a certain level of unreliability that comes with some edibles and cannabis-infused baked goods on the market if you are purchasing from a non-reputable dispensary, even more so if the edibles aren’t coming from a dispensary at all.
If this is the case, you run the risk of not knowing the exact dosage of THC per edible, and this could potentially cause you to green out if you ingest too much.
Because to make appropriately dosed edibles, you need to ensure homogeneity in the mixture. In simpler terms, you need to make sure that everything is thoroughly mixed together.
No one is trying to throw any shade here, but it’s doubtful that your friend’s kitchen can nano-emulsify edible batter and mixtures before baking or setting them.
If edibles aren’t set correctly, you’re going to have one side of your cake or cookie be extremely potent and the other having no effect. In other words, the weed or THC will not be distributed evenly, which isn’t ideal.
With tinctures, this fact is a non-issue. Each tincture contains nothing else except for THC, the solvent used, and a carrier oil, meaning that your 10mg tincture drop of THC will be exactly that, 10mg.
You won’t have to worry about biting off more than you can chew or not enough to feel the effects. Dosing with a THC tincture is both accurate and easy, and it should be the way to go for medicinal patients.
Convenient and Discreet
Since THC tincture is extremely potent, you can take them almost anywhere, the same as with you would with regular edibles or a vape pen.
You could even argue that a THC tincture is even more portable and convenient because they’re so discreet, and they don’t give off the typical dank, pungent smell of weed that many edibles do.
Have you ever bought a cookie or a brownie, and you could whiff its pungent smell even through the package? Yeah, not super lowkey.
Another benefit that THC tincture offers is that they’re smoke and chew free. What that means is that you won’t have to worry about vapour lingering behind you after using a vape pen, and you also don’t have to worry about drawing attention to yourself through chewing.
If you’re looking for a convenient and discreet way to dose, small weed edibles (such as Sugarjack gummies) and tinctures are the way to go.
Tinctures Hit Fast
We’ve all heard and hopefully practiced the mantra of starting low and going slow with edibles.
THC is metabolized differently within our bodies, so you can’t pop 10 gummies back-to-back as you might with joint or vape hits.
Unfortunately, that also means that you also have to wait quite a bit more time before the effects begin to set in.
However, this is not the case if you’re using a THC tincture.
Instead of chewing and swallowing a tincture, you can administer it directly under the tongue. This method, also known as sublingual dosing, means that the cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds within the tincture can bypass the digestive system and be directly absorbed by your body.
In this way, you can experience the righteousness of THC that much sooner than more traditional forms of edibles.
Why we Use THC Distillate
While a THC tincture provides an efficient and effective way to medicate, depending on the solution and method of extraction used, the taste may leave a bit to be desired in terms of overall flavour.
This fact is why many who choose to administer weed in this way opt to mix it in with strongly flavoured food or drink to help mask the typical bitter, pungent taste that is commonly associated with THC tincture.
It isn’t to say that the flavour is so overpowering that it taints the THC experience, but it is definitely something of significance to note for those who have not tried THC tincture before, so they aren’t caught off guard.
For this reason, we at Sugar Jack’s instead use nano-emulsified THC distillate in our product to ensure that each individual gummy has an evenly distributed dose and to help intensify the delicious naturally-derived flavours.
In this way, our products deliver the same potent dose as edibles made with THC tincture, but with a better overall taste that serves to heighten the experience.
THC Tinctures – Better Than Gummies?
A THC tincture is low in calories, has a faster onset time, and is more reliable to dose with, so why haven’t they picked up in popularity yet?
Well, the truth is, while it is more efficient, a THC tincture is just not that fun to eat compared to a seductively sweet gummy.
How many of us still eat gummy vitamins? Sure, the pill and capsule vitamins are calorie and sugar-free, but who wants to start their day with a literal tough pill to swallow?
THC tincture is ideal for medicinal patients who need precise, accurate, and high doses of THC and recreational users who want to be more health-conscious.
For everyone else, the bitter taste of THC tincture may be off-putting, and it may be more appealing to chew on a few naturally sweetened and flavoured gummies instead.
Still, the choice is entirely up to you. If you want to enjoy any of the benefits listed above, give cannabis tinctures a shot!