Since the 2018 Farm Bill passed, legalizing hemp and its constituent cannabinoids with the exception of delta 9 THC, delta 8 has become more popular seemingly every day. As a result, there are already seemingly endless products that contain this relaxation-inducing cannabinoid, including things like capsules, gummies, vaporizers, and more. However, the best way to ingest delta 8 is still the traditional tincture. Read on to learn about the different methods to do it.
What is a tincture?
Before discussing the most effective ways to using a tincture, let’s start at the beginning with an overview of what one is. Tinctures are widely used in the field of herbal medicine because they allow manufacturers to isolate beneficial components in plants, fungi, and other natural products, and delta 8 tinctures are no exception. They are taken orally, not inhaled or used topically.
Direct method of ingestion
Delta 8 tinctures can be taken directly like any other herbal remedy. Simply place a tincture in your mouth and swallow. This simple and direct method means that the delta 8 has to be absorbed in the digestive tract before it can enter the bloodstream, so the effects take about an hour to be noticed. The tradeoff is that the effects are also Long duration as a result, and the tincture often remains effective for six to eight hours.
Sublingual ingestion makes use of a set of glands under the tongue that allow the rapid absorption of certain substances. It allows users to bypass the digestive process altogether, which means that the effects will be quicker, between 15 and 30 minutes. Simply place a few drops of the tincture under your tongue and hold it there for 90 seconds or so. The effects should last between four and six hours.
Some people prefer to add delta 8 tinctures to beverages or even food. Taking a little with a morning coffee or afternoon cup of tea can mask the taste without affecting the user’s desired dose. Some people even use it in baked goods. Just be aware that delta 8 dye will start to degrade when temperatures reach 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Can you use it topically?
Whether a tincture can be used topically depends on whether the delta 8 was infused in oil or alcohol. Many manufacturers use high quality MCT oil, as a delta 8 carrier, meaning their products can be used topically. Just keep in mind that the results will probably remain quite localized.
Can you vape it?
Delta 8 tincture and other tinctures, for that matter, are not designed for vaping. Attempting to do so may result in personal injury through harmful particles produced by the vaporizer. Oral tinctures are intended to be taken orally. Only vape oils are safe to use in vape pens.
How much dye to use?
Because delta 8 tincture is not a medication, there is no set dosage. Each person responds differently to the substance depending on a wide range of factors, including:
- biological age
- Weight and BMI
- body chemistry
- general health
- Drug-Food Interactions
- Delta 8 tolerance
Buy high-quality tinctures
If there’s one thing newcomers need to keep in mind as they begin their journey into the wonderful world of using delta 8 dye, it’s that quality is the key to a pleasurable experience. Look for a company that takes pride in its products and provides a lot of information about its ingredients.