What is the Difference Between an Edible and a Tincture?

What are tinctures?

Tinctures are made using alcohol as a solvent but the term has also been adopted to refer to a THC or CBD oils as well, which are made with carrier oils such as MTC or hemp. Tinctures are dosed sublingually and usually take about 20 minutes to take effect. In the case that they are swallowed instead they will usually take effect in 45 minutes to an hour. 

What is 'sublingual'?

Sublingual dosing is absorbed under the tongue. By applying a few drops of cannabis tincture or oil under the tongue and holding it there for up to a minute, the user will experience the beneficial effects within about 20 minutes. With sublingual dosage the THC or CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream via the sublingual gland, this is a more efficient way of dosing than simply swallowing the tincture or oil and letting it pass through your liver to be activated.

By absorbing the cannabinoids under the tongue the effect is not altered, diminished, or time delayed by digestive processes. Sublingual application facilitates cannabinoids entering the bloodstream faster with predictable results. It’s not just more efficient than eating cannabis it’s also a whole lot easier to dose an exact amount with a tincture in a dropper.

What are edibles?

Edibles are any food item that has been infused with THC or CBD, or any cooking oil that can be used to turn an entire meal into an edible. Oral ingestion of cannabinoids delivers inconsistent results and it is very highly recommended to start low and go slow. Professionally prepared infused edibles should take effect within 1-2 hours after consumption as it needs to be digested. The slow release effects can last for 6-8 hours and are heavily sedative and can be disorienting for new users if too much is eaten. 

Why do edibles take so long to work?

Edibles have to be digested and pass through the liver where they are metabolized by enzymes before entering the bloodstream. This can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour depending on your metabolism and body weight. 

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