Medical Cannabis Tincture

What Is Cannabis Tincture?

When we talk about the history of medical marijuana use, tinctures were most popular. They were the number one used form of medical marijuana until it was banned in the 1930's. Tinctures were utilised by some of the most famous names in history, including Queen Victoria herself. They were commonly prescribed by doctors, and plants were therefore grown freely and enthusiastically to provide this useful medicine.

Tinctures are a very practical tool in treating medical ailments because they are inexpensive, easy to make, and are fast acting. They allow people who cannot or don’t want to smoke to receive the beneficial effects of marijuana. Despite all of that, they somehow have become one of the least used forms of marijuana in recent history. Plenty of marijuana users have never even heard of tinctures. Luckily, with the increasing rate of legalisation of medical marijuana in many different countries, tinctures are coming back on the market and they are making a big impression on users, doctors, and patients.

How do tinctures work?

Tinctures are simply the alcohol extracts taken from cannabis plants. Generally speaking, these extracts are made from the flowers or the trim leaves of the plant. Tinctures will contain all of the 85 or more cannabinoids that give you the overall benefits you need in your medical treatment. Even though CBD is the cannabinoid of choice when treating most ailments, that does not mean that using it without the “support” of all the other cannabinoids would be a successful task.

Tinctures are most effectively used by placing a drop or two under the tongue. It is perhaps a safer way of using medical marijuana because doses are easily measured via the number of drops used since tinctures nearly always come with a dropper. Once the drop is absorbed under the tongue, the medicine will very quickly go into the arterial system of the user, where it is transported to the brain and body. At this point, the patient will begin feeling the positive effects that come with tinctures, and they will quickly experience some relief of their symptoms.


Because most medical patients use tinctures that are higher in CBD than THC, it is important to understand exactly what these chemicals are. Both are cannabinoids contained in all marijuana plants, but many plants have been bred to either be extremely high in THC or to have a much larger proportion of CBD. THC is the chemical that leads to the psychoactive effects of marijuana that give users a high. CBD, on the other hand, serves to counteract these THC effects, and has a more relaxing and bodily effect thus causing the effective medical treatment.

Marinol: Not an adequate substitute

While tinctures contain the 80 or so essential cannabinoids, Marinol only has one of these cannabinoids. Marinol is the synthetic version of THC, used to treat many conditions that a regular cannabis tincture would treat. Because it is unnatural and does not have a complete range of these trace cannabinoids, however, Marinol can have a number of negative side effects and has not been known to treat many illnesses or symptoms has successfully as good cannabis tinctures. If you have a choice, choose natural cannabis tinctures over Marinol.