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Cannabis Tincture vs Oil: What You Need To Know

Tinctures and oils are a safe and convenient way of consuming cannabis. They are especially preferred by medical patients for their ease of use and fast-acting therapeutic effects. While these two kinds of products may look the same and are often grouped together, there are actually some important differences between them.

cannabis tincture vs oil

Cannabis Tincture vs Oil

In many cases, the terms “tincture” and “oil” are used interchangeably. This is mostly because these products look the same, are used in the same ways, and come in the same packaging. But this equivalency is incorrect because oils and tinctures typically contain different ingredients and are produced using different methods. 

Cannabis Oils

Cannabis oils are typically made by extracting specific compounds from the cannabis plant and blending them with carrier oils that allow the mixture to be absorbed more easily. 

One of the main differences between oils and tinctures lies in the production process. Cannabis oils are carefully and methodically extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant using several different techniques that can affect its purity and potency. 

cannabis tincture vs oil

Unlike tinctures, oils can come in several different varieties. Some oils are made with isolated cannabinoids and contain nothing more than THC or CBD. Meanwhile, others can contain a mix of other plant compounds including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These oils are known as either ‘broad-spectrum’ or ‘full-spectrum’ depending on exactly what they contain. 

One of the negatives of cannabis oil is that it retains much of the plant’s bitter, earthy, grassy flavor. Oftentimes oils are infused with extra terpenes in order to improve their overall taste. Additionally, because of this bitter taste, adding cannabis oil to other foods or liquids may ruin their flavor altogether. As such, depending on the oil, you may want to be careful with how you consume it. 

Cannabis Tinctures

Cannabis tinctures are made by dissolving plant material into a liquid medium, then straining the plant matter out leaving behind only cannabis-infused liquid. Once mixed together, the mixture is left to sit for some time allowing the ingredients to properly blend together. In order to speed up the process, the mixture is sometimes heated on low-heat for a couple of hours.  

Traditionally, the liquid medium used for making a tincture was alcohol. Now, other mediums like MCT and glycerin are used. Plant matter such as buds, leaves, and stems are mixed into the alcohol and left to mix before being strained out. However it’s made, tinctures are commonly mixed with a sweet carrier oil like peppermint or orange in order to improve flavor before use.

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Cannabis Tincture vs Oil – Which Is Right For You?

Trying to decide between cannabis tincture vs oil? Remember that they can be used in the same ways and can produce similar effects. But if you wish to avoid compounds like glycerin, or if you simply don’t like the strong taste of cannabis oils, then one may be a better choice than the other. 

How can you use these products? Simply load up a dropper and place it under the tongue for quick and easy sublingual dosing. Alternatively, these liquids can also be mixed into your favorite foods and liquids, or just swallowed whole, although they are believed to have lower bioavailability when consumed this way.

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