Tinctures are solutions of cannabis (marijuana) and alcohol or vinegar. They are made by mixing dried cannabis bud (flower) or oil with vinegar or ethyl alcohol. The alcohol or vinegar extracts the active chemical compounds in the cannabis, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which creates a concentrated solution that can be taken by placing it under the tongue so it can dissolve, or adding it to food and beverages.
The strain and method used to make the tincture will determine how much THC it contains, or in other words, its strength. Tinctures aren’t typically used recreationally for getting high, because they’re more highly-concentrated in CBD than THC. Instead, they’re used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including:
- Appetite disorders
- Migraines and headaches
- Muscle pain and tension
- Sleep disorders