So, you are new to Delta-8 tinctures, or maybe you are just looking for new ways to enjoy it. Either way, you're in the right place.
You may have heard about many ways to use Delta-8. Some might sound a bit weirder than others. Regardless, every method has its pros and cons. But, which ones should you use?
We are going to look at four different methods of using Delta-8 tinctures. After reading this, it should be easier to decide which method is best for you.
Sublingually: Hold It Under Your Tongue
This is also called the sublingual method, and the point of this method is simply this — it is fast.
Yes, you may not like the taste. Yes, it may leave a burning sensation (since tinctures traditionally have an alcohol base). But, at least you will not have to wait long for the effects to kick in.
When you put Delta-8 under your tongue, tiny capillaries absorb it quickly. So, rather than first going through your digestive system and then into your bloodstream, you can consume it after a minute or so of holding the tincture under your tongue.
Also, if you are worried about the taste or other after-effects, you can go for products that suit you. For example, some products use oil instead of alcohol to make the tincture, and oil should have no burning effect after you have taken your dose. Similarly, some manufacturers add terpenes to their Delta-8 tinctures to help with the taste.
Direct Method: Drink It
This is the most straightforward method. You simply take a dropper, fill it up, put it in your mouth, and squeeze it. You do not have to hold it in your mouth.
The effects should take about an hour or so to kick in. It is not as fast as the first method, but once it kicks in, it may last longer.
On top of that, you can also avoid any unpleasant after-effects by using this method. Rather than having the tincture in your mouth, you could just pour it down your throat.
To do this, tilt your head back and try to make the drops land at the back of your throat. This might still be somewhat unpleasant at first, but practice makes tasting things less unpleasant.
Anyway, remember to take the dose with a dropper, and do not use the bottle in any way that could run the risk of overdosing. We will talk about the standard dose quantity in the FAQs.
Mix It Into Something
Alright, now we get to mix things up.
Technically, you could use any drink for this purpose, but all drinks are not equal. For example, oil and water do not mix. If you use a delta-8 tincture this way, you should make sure it will mix in.
Some Delta-8 tinctures have an oil base instead of an alcohol base. If you try to combine an oil-based tincture with green tea or any other mostly-water-based drink, the tincture may not mix well. It would just float on your drink’s surface, and when you go in for a sip, the tincture will be the first thing that hits your tongue.
Now, that would be fine if the tincture tasted alright. But if it does not, then you are in for a shock. So, in a nutshell, match the drink with the tincture. If the tincture is oil-based, go with a drink that has a higher organic content, like coffee or milk. If it is alcohol-based, you can use it with tea or juice, etc.
You should see the effects in about an hour, and as with the second method (just drinking it straight), the time taken is not always the same. If you take the dose on an empty stomach, the effects might kick in earlier. If you take it with a meal, it could take a bit longer.
Topical: Apply It On The Skin
The last method to use is topical application, which is a fancy way of saying rub it on your skin.
The effects of this method are not as psychoactive, as they are more about pain-relief than euphoria.
According to research, topical application of cannabis products is a good supplement to other pain-relief treatments. For example, you could apply the delta-8 tincture to your skin alongside ingesting cannabinoid edibles. The delta-8 in the tincture does not get absorbed in high potency through your skin, so this method prevents the negative side effects of typical cannabinoids (like delta-9).
This method also has the added advantage of being helpful for your skin. Research also mentions potential positive effects on acne.
Just make sure you do not use too much, as it is of no use when it is dripping down your arms (or wherever you choose to apply it).
What NOT to Do:
Whatever you do, do not try to vape a tincture. That also goes for all liquids that have fatty or oily substances in them. Trying to use a product like this through a vape pen is potentially fatal.
For example, delta-8 tinctures often have an MCT oil base, and they can also have hemp seed oil. Vaping oils like these can cause lipid pneumonia, which is a condition that is not worth the experiment.
FAQs About THC Tinctures
Q1. Are delta-8 tinctures better than other forms of delta-8?
‘Which form of delta-8 is the best?’ does not have a universal answer, as it depends on who is asking and why. If you are looking for immediate effects, you should look towards vapes. If you want long-lasting results, you are better off with edibles like Delta 8 gummies.
Tinctures are in the middle ground between vapes and gummies, and their effects can come in around 10-15 minutes and last about four to eight hours, depending on your method.
Q2. How much delta 8 tincture should I take?
The standard dose should be about 30mg.
A full dropper typically has 1ml of the tincture. A 1ml tincture dose can have different concentrations of delta-8 in it, and the concentration depends on the specific product.
Let us say 1ml has 50mg of Delta-8. Since the standard dose is 30mg, you will only need 60% or 3/5th of a full dropper.
Conclusion: Best Ways To Use Delta 8 THC Tincture
In short, four of the best ways to use Delta-8 tinctures include:
First, hold it under your tongue. The second is to just drink it straight. The third is to mix it in a drink, and the fourth method is to apply it to your skin.
Each method has its advantages, and which of them is best for you depends on what you want. If you want the effects fast, you should hold it under your tongue for a minute or so before drinking it. If you are looking for prolonged effects, mix it in with another drink and have it with a meal.