Some people have reported experiencing a burning sensation under their tongue after a few drops of tincture—the high-proof alcohol used to make a tincture is responsible for this. If the tincture burns under your tongue and you are looking for a different option, you can get a glycerin-based tincture or incorporate your tincture into a beverage.
Some people try to make a more potent glycerin tincture by first using alcohol, carefully evaporating the (very flammable) alcohol off of the tincture, and then introducing glycerin afterward. You get the potency of the alcohol with the glycerin body. Considering the dangers associated with evaporating alcohol with a heat source, we at Leafly do not recommend this method.
However you ingest a tincture, you can expect to feel the effects for longer than you smoked or vaporized cannabis. Tinctures will last for many years when stored in a cool, dark location. The long shelf life means you can make big batches of your own and have a convenient and accurate way to consume cannabis when you want to.
Do tinctures burn under your tongue?
To keep it simple, I like to use this ratio when making a tincture: For every ounce of cannabis flower, use one 750 mL bottle of alcohol (for an eighth of weed, that’s about 3 fluid oz).
And if you don’t feel like waiting several weeks, you can even get away with shaking it for 3 minutes, straining, and storing.
When it comes to making tinctures, high-proof, food-grade alcohol is going to be your best friend. If you wish to avoid using alcohol, glycerin, a plant-based oil, is an acceptable replacement. However, glycerin is not as efficient at bonding to cannabis compounds and will produce a less potent tincture.
Cannabis tinctures are usually taken by putting a few drops under your tongue (sublingually). When taken this way, the arterial blood supply under your tongue rapidly absorbs the THC. That being said, you can always swallow the tincture in a drink or food, but it will be absorbed slower by your liver.
Making tinctures is much less dangerous (and therefore less controversial) than making cannabis concentrates with butane, for example. Your chances of creating an explosion that will destroy your entire house are non-existent with most tincture making.
The major advantage of the sublingual administration method is that the medicine is rapidly absorbed through the sublingual artery, your body’s main blood supply to your tongue. This artery arises from the external carotid artery, which, in turn, is close to the internal carotid artery. This allows the medicine to quickly reach your brain.
One of the main benefits of a tincture is that it’s very easy to take. Drops of tincture solution are squeezed out through an eyedropper syringe under your tongue. There, the solution is left to be absorbed (not swallowed) into your bloodstream through a process called osmosis.
When administering these drops of canna-goodness, it’s important to remember NOT to swallow your tincture if you want the full benefits of sublingual absorption. You can , of course, swallow your tincture, or even add it to tea , juice or food like many patients do. Nothing bad will happen.
Additionally, the tincture doesn’t come in contact with the acids in your stomach like other edibles do. That fact alone serves to keep many of the beneficial chemicals in your cannabis tincture more complete and readily available for use in your body.
Topical application of tinctures is as easy as rubbing the drops on palms and applying them on your skin. You will need to make sure that you’re exact on the troubling spot for the best results.
Cannabis oil uses a base oil to make it easy to consume. Infusing the plant material with coconut or olive oil binds the cannabinoids to the oils.
Cannabis oils end up being more potent than tinctures. Tinctures contain a lesser cannabis ratio and use a lot of other ingredients.
Sublingual administration of cannabis involves placing the drops under the mouth or tongue. This is an area that’s full of mucosal membranes.
Sublingual weeding is now popular among medical cannabis patients who want to avoid smoke. The effects from the method can produce the desired impact within 15 minutes and last up to two hours.
Cannabis in its original form contains a range of healthy and therapeutic components. These include cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Studies show that cannabis contains over 400 chemical entities of which over 60 are cannabinoids.
As you can guess, swallowed tinctures will take longer to trigger the desired effects. Sometimes, they may take as long as edibles or follow the same durations.