Beginners Guide to THC Tinctures & Edibles
Tennessee is inching closer to producing their low-THC cannabis oil for medical marijuana patients with qualifying conditions.
When the state adds cultivators and dispensaries, patients will be able to purchase low-THC cannabis oil with less than 0.9% total THC, which will likely be taken orally or sublingually.
In this article we’ll cover everything you need to know about THC tinctures and edibles, and the different ways you can use low-THC oil!
How is Cannabis Oil Used?
Low-THC cannabis oil can be used in a variety of different ways for a variety of different conditions. It can be applied topically to the skin, or it can be consumed in drinks, sublingually, and possibly even vaporized depending on the product.
Low-THC cannabis oil is produced by extracting the resinous oil glands of the cannabis plant called trichomes. These oil deposits contain high amounts of desirable compounds for medical applications, including THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN, among others.
Once extracted, the oil itself can typically be consumed as it is with no additional additives, although cultivators or processors may choose to synthesize the product further or transition it into a different state than oil, such as baking the oil into edibles or processing the oil into a tincture to mix into drinks.
For Tennessee, it’s likely that the oil that will be produced by cultivators will not contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinols, favoring higher percentages of compounds such as CBD, offering many therapeutic benefits without the intoxicating effects of larger THC percentages.
What is Cannabis Oil used for?
Cannabis oil is used for all sorts of different applications and can be applied in almost as many ways.
Cannabis oil can be used for certain skin conditions, arthritis, inflammation, muscle spasms, seizures, acne, even anxiety and glaucoma have potential benefits from cannabis oil.
Because cannabis oil is so versatile in how, where, and how often you can apply it, it is often made into tinctures, topicals, and edibles.
What are Tinctures?
Tinctures are typically alcohol-based mixtures containing extracted cannabis oil.
Although not to be confused with an alcoholic beverage, tinctures use alcohol to extract the compounds from the cannabis plant, not necessarily as a consumable ingredient.
Tinctures typically come in dropper-bottles, and can even be made at home relatively easily with cannabis plant material.
There are a lot of benefits in using tinctures, you can add droplets to your drinks, food, or take the liquid by itself. Often only a few drops are necessary for a dosage, and you can add your cannabis oil to almost any dish or concoction without affecting the taste.
Effects can begin as quickly as 15 minutes for many, offering a quicker onset than edibles.
What are Edibles?
Edibles are food that has cannabis as an ingredient.
For Tennesseans, it’s not quite clear yet whether the low-THC cannabis oil that will be allowed will be processed into foodstuffs, but it is certainly possible to add solventless cannabis oil to edibles, and many processors do make edibles out of cannabis oil.
Edibles can be a little trickier to incorporate into a treatment plan than tinctures, because whereas tinctures typically come in 250-500mL bottles, edibles can come in any size, shape, or dosage.
While Tennessee maintains its THC restriction of 0.9%, the edibles that can be made from such low THC percentages will not be very potent.
It will be more likely that most edibles will surface as CBD gummies, lozenges, or products like breath strips and hard candies.
Many of these products can already be found over the counter, and likely the only differences between what you could find anywhere legally and what you will find at a dispensary will be mostly negligible.
It would be more reasonable to assume that people interested in edibles would likely bake their own from the cannabis oil they obtain from dispensaries.
Will Tennessee Sell Tinctures & Edibles?
No one is quite sure what the exact future is for the Tennessee medical marijuana program, but there are a few details about the cannabis industry that might help shed some light on possibilities.
Cannabis oil can be consumed in many ways, but it’s almost always synthesized into products with specific consumption methods.
Whether it’s made for vaporizing, applying topically, or consuming orally, cannabis oil by itself can often be taken however the patient likes.
But for obvious reasons cultivators or processors may choose to make a product more desirable for applying to the skin, or perhaps it is better suited as a tincture.
Usually, cultivators or processors have the freedom to choose what product type the oil will come out as, although for states that are paving a new wave with limited or compromise bills such as Tennessee and Georgia, there’s no clear answer as to what products the states will allow cannabis oil to be produced as.
And although we don’t quite yet know what products will become available, obviously the cannabis oil that will be produced will already be in a constitution that can be used in many different applications.
Things are moving forward at a fast pace for Tennessee, and there’s no better time to become a medical marijuana patient in the Volunteer state!
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