The Ultimate Guide To Tinctures

the ultimate guide to tinctures
A Little Treat For The Tongue


Why are tinctures great? Tinctures are a sublingual edible. This means when they are dropped under the tongue, it enters the bloodstream directly, bypassing the digestive system. They can be utilized in micro and large doses for all experience and tolerance levels. Tinctures come in a variety of CBD to THC ratios. They can be added to various drinks and food for a traditional edible effect. The bottle and dropper system are also convenient for travel. There are 10ml in a whole tincture bottle. We talk about all this and more in The Ultimate Guide To Tinctures below.

What is a tincture?

The Ultimate Guide To Tinctures would be incomplete without a description first on where tinctures come from. The first culture thought to use tinctures were the Egyptians, who used distilled alcohol to soak herbs and spices to create medicines. Western medicine had an uptick in tincture use starting around the 1400’s. Here in the United States, Cannabis Indica tinctures were sold in neighborhood pharmacies until the 1920s.

What are the benefits of using a tincture?

Tinctures have many benefits. Some include convenience, discretion, precise dosing, quick effects, ability to easily micro-dose and versatility. Tinctures are also good for easing into cannabis for those who consider themselves to be cannabis newbies.

How do you use a tincture?

These alcohol-based blends of distillate and MCT oil offer another way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. Drop this sublingual edible under your tongue for fast absorption and a quick onset. You can also ingest tinctures by adding them to food. Adding tincture to food or drink does make the onset take longer, however it allows for a longer lasting effect.
You can even use tinctures directly on your skin or mix it in an oil-based lotion or salve.

What does a tincture taste like?

Most of our tinctures have very little flavor to them, making them ideal to drop under the tongue or to infuse a food or drink. Our flavored tinctures feature only the taste of the natural terpenes themselves (that’s how pure these are).

How long does a tincture take to work?

It is dropped under the tongue, so that it bypasses the digestive system and enters the bloodstream directly. This cuts down on how long it takes for users to feel the effects; tinctures typically take 25-45 minutes to work. If you add the drops to food, they are reported to work like a traditional edible.

What are the effects of tinctures?

Tinctures typically provide effects that are comparable to the effects of an edible.

How strong are tinctures?

The amount of THC depends on the cannabinoid ratio. The ratio of CBD to THC that you should choose depends mostly on your desired effects. Every bottle comes with a 1mL eyedropper to measure the dosage. Each serving size is 1 drop, making it easy to calculate the dosage you want. For example, a THC only tincture has about 1.5mg of THC per drop. Check the label to see how much CBD and/or THC is in each drop to determine how many drops you should take. If you’re new to cannabis, it’s typically a good idea to start off with no more than 5mg of THC.

Which tincture is right for me?

The Ultimate Guide To Tinctures must include the different types of tinctures and describe the differences! All Insa tinctures are 300mg, meaning they contain 300 milligrams of cannabinoids. The dominant cannabinoids in the tincture can be found by looking at the ratio. Remember, when a cannabis product has a ratio, the CBD will be listed first.


This Insa tincture has the most CBD, twenty times the amount of THC! This variety is excellent for those looking to avoid the inebriating effects of THC but want the potential pain and anxiety relief CBD can bring. This tincture is also popular with brand new users to cannabis who want to take the first steps on their cannabis journey.


Since this tincture has twice the amount of CBD to THC, it’s another great option for those looking to stay clear headed while getting the benefits from both cannabinoids.


A tincture with an even amount of CBD to THC is used for a wide range of reasons. Some users like it for alleviating discomfort, others will have a few drops before bed to help them wind down.


These tinctures are popular for both patients and adult-use customers. THC can help with a range of ailments as well as boost the mood. At Insa, we even have tinctures specially formulated with sativa terpenes: Citrus Haze and Tropical Express. Some users say these sativa terpenes give them an extra boost of energy!


Finished reading The Ultimate Guide To Tinctures and still want expert help deciding which tincture is right for you? Call our customer service team at 877-500-INSA or stop in-store to speak to a knowledgeable budtender.

You can learn more about tinctures here.

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