Alcohol Vs. Sugar, How do Tinctures work?

Tinctures occupy a unique space in the recreational cannabis market. They have many different properties which we will explore a bit.

There are 2 main types of tinctures which we will cover both alcohol and sugar or glycerin based. This refers to the medium in which the THC and/or CBD and other cannabis components are combined.

A sugar or glycerin based tincture will be absorbed slightly slower than an alcohol based tincture. The taste will also be sweeter and provide more of a feeling of fullness in the mouth and palate than an alcohol based tincture, which can feel more like a traditional shot of alcohol or a breath freshening mint.

An alcohol based tincture will be absorbed more quickly into the body, has potentially a more bitter or more unpleasant taste and feeling upon the tongue. This is one of the oldest and most efficient methods of manufacturing a tincture. The Alcohol based tinctures can also be made at home with a classic method known as green dragon which you can read about at the link

In the article referenced above writer Philip Bjorge nails a few of the basic FAQs as well in their article where they explore questions like: How fast is the onset of a tincture?, How long will it last? and more.

There are many benefits to the sublingual administration and absorption of cannabis which are often under explored.

 As quoted from a very well written article linked here on

“The major advantage of the sublingual administration method is that the medicine is rapidly absorbed through the sublingual artery, your body’s main blood supply to your tongue…This allows the medicine to quickly reach your brain. Additionally, the tincture doesn’t come in contact with the acids in your stomach like other edibles do…Sublingual absorption effectively removes a step — digestion.”

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