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Methods of Medicating: Tinctures

Methods of Medicating: Tinctures

Cannabis tinctures are a great alternative for patients who prefer not to smoke marijuana. A tincture is a medicinal extract in an alcohol solution, in which the alcohol is used to extract and preserve the resins and other soluble material from the plant. Making a marijuana tincture is easy but takes several weeks. Cannabis tinctures work best with 90% pure alcohol, such as Everclear.

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How to Use Medical Marijuana Tinctures

Cannabis tinctures may be used topically on the skin, taken orally by adding to a cup of hot tea or dropped directly under the tongue. A tincture dose is delivered by a medicine dropper or teaspoon. While dosage varies between each patient, generally a typical dose is anywhere from 3-4 drops to 2 full droppers. Always use caution when medicating. Begin with a small portion and increase accordingly until you reach the desired effect.  Many patients report experiencing pain relief by using medical marijuana tinctures, but most report no “high” effect.

If you live in a state that allows marijuana dispensaries, you may be able to purchase a tincture. Or you can follow this cannabis tincture recipe to prepare your own.

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Before you use purchase, make or use tinctures as a delivery method for medical marijuana, you must first ensure you are in compliance with your state’s medical marijuana laws, obtain a recommendation from a qualified physician, and obtain a marijuana card, where applicable. If you are looking for a qualified medical marijuana doctor, MarijuanaDoctors.com can help. Our database is home to hundreds of physicians in every medical marijuana state. Book an appointment today.

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This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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