By Rebecca Victoria Olmos | Correspondent

A tincture is a liquid made by dissolving a drug, or cannabis into alcohol or oil. Sometimes tinctures are referred to as drops because they are packed in bottles and come with a measured dropper or pipette. You pull the liquid into the dropper to get your desired dosage and dispense it under your tongue.

There are two main reasons a budtender would recommend tinctures as a great way to consume your cannabis.

1. Onset time

Since tinctures dissolve under your tongue the cannabinoids are absorbed directly into bloodstream, allowing you to feel the effect within 15-45 minutes. Depending on the dosage, the effects can last anywhere from 2-4 hours.

2. Accurate dosage

With other forms of consumption, like edibles or flower, it can be hard to get your dosage just right. Sometimes you don’t need 10 milligrams. Sometimes you need 7. Tinctures allow you to get this specific and also try a variety of different dosages depending on the results you want.

Tinctures come in all kinds of different ratios of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. 1:1, 5:1, 3:1, etc. It can be overwhelming. Just remember we’re all different, and any combo of cannabinoids can be beneficial.

Try a CBD-rich tincture if you’re looking for relief related to things like inflammation, anxiety or if you’re having difficulty falling asleep. You can also start with CBD if you’re trying to ease your way into consuming THC.

Tinctures higher in THC can be more helpful for things like muscle pain and to help stay asleep.

Ask your budtender how tinctures with different cannabinoid combinations can help you to achieve your desired results.