Smoking flower is without a doubt the most popular way of medicating today. Though, it didn’t use to be thisway. In fact, during what the majority of cannabis experts consider the golden age of medical cannabis, from 1836-1937, tinctures were by far the most used method to treat various medical conditions. From skinned knees to cramps, cannabis tinctures were the remedy administered to adults and even children.

A lot changed with tincture use throughout the past several decades. However, cannabis tinctures are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing edibles today.

What Happened?

The hundred-year period of safely administered cannabis tincture use came to end when the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 came into play. A lot happened leading up to the prohibition, much involving race and class. Later this was replaced by The Controlled Substance Act. Cannabis is now labeled as a Schedule 1 Prohibited Substance. This means that under current federal legislation, cannabis fits within these three categories:

  1. Substance possess “a high potential for abuse”
  2. Currently has “no currently accepted medical use” in the United States
  3. The substance lacks “accepted safety for use … under medical supervision.”

Once versed on the history of cannabis and talking to the majority of medical patients, it’s very clear this classification is misinformed at best. Regardless, the perception is changing as states are deciding for themselves to allow medical and recreational marijuana use. As of 2017, there are 29 states and DC that allow medical marijuana use, and 8 states that also allow recreational use.

So Where Are Tinctures Now

According to BDS Analytics, cannabis tinctures are one of thefastest growing edibles today. Just following the pill category, tinctures have grown 100% from 2015 to 2016. This growth can be due to multiple reasons, but the underlying one is very clear: medical patients are seeing a massive benefit to cannabis tincture use. Cannabis tinctures are a form of edibles that many have not been aware of until recent years. With growing decriminalization laws, medical marijuana has brought cannabis tinctures onto the shelves of dispensaries, and continues to surprise patients on the ways it can help subside symptoms. Patients are becoming more aware of the many ways to consume cannabis, and the tinctures category is seeing that benefit.

What Exactly Cannabis Tinctures Can Treat

Tinctures are used to treat many symptoms. The highly concentrated alcoholic extract cannabis tinctures allows for quick circulation, and takes effect faster than other consumption methods. Tinctures are great for many types of pain, workouts, cancer palliative care, and overall wellness. Finding a line very high in terpenes will help increase the benefits.  You may find that tinctures have a bit of a “spicy” flavor, this is due to high levels of beta-caryophyllene in particular strains. You can use tinctures topically on your skin for things like pain, rashes, cuts, sunburns, eczema, psoriasis patches, and cold sores. Some people use it on their face to draw out toxins and skin cancer.

There are many different formulations of cannabis tinctures that derive from flower. Which means you need to do research to find the tincture that will treat your symptoms. Common symptoms treated with cannabis tinctures include: anxiety, insomnia, aches, pains, cramps, inflammation, and eczema.

Where to Find Cannabis Tinctures Today

Here at RIPE dispensary, located in Pueblo Colorado. Stop in today and talk with one of our caretenders. Let us find you the right medication to treat your symptoms. If you already know what you are looking for, check out our menu and see if we stock the tincture you are looking for. – If we don’t have what you’re looking for, let us know and we will see what we can do to stock the products you want.