For some, CBD is the preferred cannabinoid; it doesn’t get you high, and it offers certain medicinal benefits like relief of anxiety and inflammation. Others prefer THC, which comes with its own unique therapeutic and mood-boosting properties. For some of us, the reason we choose THC products is simple: they get you high.
Personally, I vape my CBD cartridge (at a very high dosage) in between THC joints to keep me high and happy until it was time to roll up my next blunt. Think of it like snacking on Pringles until you can finally eat a whole pizza.
Adding CBD to Your Cannabis Routine?
CBD-dominant cannabis strains contain a spectrum of compounds, even if they only occur in trace amounts. In other words, they not only contain CBD, but also lower levels of other cannabinoids and terpenes .
Find a CBD Store Near You
Bath bombs are all the rage, and so is CBD. So it’s not hard to believe that CBD bath bombs are becoming particularly popular these days.
THC underpins the high produced by the cannabis plant. The molecule induces the often euphoric, enjoyable, and relaxing effects associated with smoking, eating, or vaping cannabis. However, THC can also pack some undesirable effects, giving rise to paranoia and even panic in inexperienced or unprepared users.
All these cannabis constituents have their own purposes, but their effects tend to be more profound when combined. This chemical synergy is known as the entourage effect. According to this theory, not only do cannabinoids like THC and CBD synergise, but terpenes and other compounds as well. When it comes to our star cannabinoids, can CBD counteract or tame the psychoactive effect of THC? Find out below.
CBD VS THC
If you find you’re extra-sensitive to THC, try a CBD-rich strain with much lower levels of THC. You’ll still experience the effects of both cannabinoids, just with less of a high.
The secret behind these effects? THC binds to CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system like a key fits into a lock. These sites exist throughout the central nervous system; once activated, a series of chemical changes occur that give rise to an altered state of consciousness.
Even though cannabis tinctures constitute an edible form of marijuana, they work much faster than traditional edibles like brownies or gummies. In fact, if taken correctly, the effects of cannabis tinctures can begin in a few seconds, as opposed to the typical hour or more of weed edibles. That’s because the sublingual tissue under the tongue allows the cannabinoids to pass directly into the bloodstream, instead of going through the digestive tract to reach the bloodstream.
Getting drunk on a tincture is possible but not likely, according to Dr. Adie Rae, a neuroscientist and scientific adviser to Weedmaps. “For alcohol-based tinctures, you’d have to drink a lot of it, and if it contained THC, you’d feel the ‘overdose’ of THC long before you felt an alcohol buzz. A typical shot glass is 40 milliliter, just over 1 fluid ounce. A typical tincture bottle is 30 milliliter, just under 1 fluid ounce. So a tincture bottle has one standard serving of alcohol, but at least 30 servings of cannabinoids,” she explained.
One more distinction of cannabis tinctures is that they are easy to dose. Rather than winging it with a few puffs of a joint or a nibble of a brownie, an eyedropper tells you exactly how much cannabis you are ingesting via tincture. This point is especially important for those who are new or sensitive to the psychoactive effects of THC. While some cannabis consumers report adverse effects from ingesting too much THC through edibles, this issue can be averted by placing a few drops of tincture under the tongue. If getting too high is a concern, cannabis consumers can spit out the tincture after letting it sit under the tongue for at least 30 seconds.
Yes, it is possible to make tinctures without alcohol though they are technically infusions, not tinctures. Virtually any food-grade oil will do since it’s really all about dissolving the cannabinoids into the solution. Some even come with added benefits. “Hemp seed oil is an excellent choice from a nutrition standpoint. Lots of omega-6 fatty acids,” Rae said.
If shopping for a cannabis tincture, ask your budtender to point out a high-quality product and walk you through the ingredient list.