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If you’re curious about cannabis tinctures and how to harness their benefits, you’ve come to the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the ins and outs of THC tinctures, from their origins and production methods to consumption options and dosing considerations. So buckle up, and get ready to discover the wonders of THC tinctures together.

Take a THC tincture in these steps. First, measure how much THC tincture you want to take with the bottle's dropper top. Second, put it under your tongue. Hold it for at least 30 seconds, then swallow the rest.

What are THC tinctures?

THC tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts mixed with a carrier oil, often MCT oil derived from coconut. When shopping in a licensed dispensary, these extracts contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary ingredient that directs us to new places. There are tinctures made with other cannabinoids as well; you’ll find CBD, CBG, CBN, and others in tincture form. This product is typically placed and held under your tongue and the remainder swallowed — we’ll explain later why that detail is key to the tincture experience.

The extract used in THC tinctures is made by placing decarboxylated cannabis in a solvent to draw out its cannabinoids and terpenes. This cannabis flower is heated prior to extraction, which means the cannabinoids they contain are active and ready for use. Without this key manufacturing step, the cannabinoids would be in their acidic state, and you wouldn’t feel their effects in quite the same way.

Tinctures vs. edibles

While tinctures and edibles are both taken orally, they are different in how they work in your body and the overall experience they provide.

First and foremost is the consumption experience itself. Tinctures are partially absorbed in your mouth and under your tongue (sublingually) and partially swallowed, while edibles like cannabis-infused gummies are eaten just like any other food or beverage.

Then, there’s how the products work. When you consume a THC tincture, the cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through your mouth and within your digestive system. By targeting both sublingual and ingestible routes, THC tinctures provide the best of both worlds. The sublingual absorption results in rapid onset of effects, typically within 10 to 15 minutes, making them ideal for situations that require immediate relief. When the remaining liquid is swallowed, it is processed through the liver, similar to edibles. This supports a prolonged experience, with effects often lasting up to 4 hours, depending on the size of your dose and your tolerance.

Edibles go completely through your digestive system, resulting in a slower onset of effects that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to set in. Once the THC makes its way to your liver, it converts into an even more potent form of itself, called 11-hydroxy-THC. This is why edibles and other ingested products may feel different and stronger than a joint or a vape. Once the effects kick in, the experience can last for several hours.

Why try a tincture?

No rolling, no lighters, no gadgets: Tinctures are simple, straightforward, and ready for you right off the shelf.

Longer duration and effects: While the onset may be faster, the effects of THC tinctures can last longer compared to inhalation methods. It’s a unique blend of fast-acting and long-lasting that’s unique to tinctures.

Avoidance of smoking or vaping: Tinctures provide a great smoke-free alternative for those who prefer to avoid smoking or vaping cannabis. They provide a non-intrusive way to consume without the potential health risks associated with inhaling smoke or vapor.

Fast onset: Expect your journey to begin within 10 to 15 minutes of taking a tincture.

Precise dosage: While not dosed out in single-serving sizes, tinctures come in dropper bottles that make them distinctly easy to measure precise dosages. These droppers are often marked for clear measurement. This makes how much you consume an easy factor to control. You can start with a low dose and gradually increase as needed.

Discretion and convenience: With no odors, no extra accessories, and no equipment needed, tinctures offer a level of discretion that might fit your goals. The smaller droppers are portable and can be used discreetly in public settings without drawing attention, making them perfect if you value privacy or don’t want to disturb your neighbors with any smells.

Versatility: If you don’t love the idea of holding the oil in your mouth, you can enjoy your tincture in other ways. Add a tincture to a smoothie or put it on top of food, for example.

How to take a tincture

Taking a tincture is as easy as opening the bottle. Use the dropper to measure out the amount you want to take. Place it under your tongue and hold it there for at least 30 seconds. Swallow the remainder. Put the lid back on the bottle, and be on your way.

To determine how much is in a tincture serving, divide the total amount of THC in the bottle by the bottle size, listed in milliliters. That number gives you the number of milligrams in a full dropper. If your chosen tincture has a marked dropper top, you can further divide from there how much is in a partial dropper.

4 tincture brands you can buy at The Travel Agency

The Travel Agency offers a diverse selection of THC tincture brands that cater to various preferences and needs. Whether you’re seeking a product to help you sleep or to focus, here are some notable New York born-and-bred tinctures you’ll find at our Manhattan dispensary and Downtown Brooklyn location:

1. Head & Heal

Head & Heal offers four tinctures:

    • Focus, formulated with THC and CBG, ideal for concentration, and
    • Max Strength, with added THC for higher-tolerance consumers
    • Sleep Blend, featuring CBN and CBG alongside THC
    • Relief, with a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio

2. Jumbodose

Jumbodose offers four tinctures:

    • Doze, formulated with CBN and ideal for unwinding
    • Focus, with added CBG to keep you motivated
    • Chill, with a 5:1 ratio of CBD that keeps you feeling calm, and
    • MEGA, with 1000mg THC

3. Ayrloom

Ayrloom offers two tinctures:

    • High Dose, formulated with 1000mg of THC, and
    • Pillow Talk, with a balanced ratio of CBN to help you relax

4. Harney Brothers Cannabis

Harney Brothers Cannabis offers two tinctures:

    • Daytime, infused with THC, CBC, CBD & CBG
    • Nighttime, with added CBN for relaxation


Ready to try THC tinctures?

Whether you’re seeking faster relief or more discreet consumption, the team at The Travel Agency strives to provide you with the finest selection of products of all shapes and sizes. With hundreds to choose from, we hope you stop by on your way to your next destination.

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