Tinctures vs Edibles: Which Is the Better Option for You?

Many people classify tinctures as cannabis edibles because they are also used orally. However, how the body absorbs THC and other medicinal chemicals in marijuana from tinctures and edibles is distinct. Discover what sets tinctures apart from foods in this post.

A tincture is a liquid form of cannabis that may be taken orally and absorbed into the body. Edibles, short for “edibles,” are food items that have cannabis oil added to them. Let’s have a look at these two consumption options side by side.

Two Extremely Distinct Methods of Smoking Weed

If you don’t want to smoke or inhale the vapor, you can still enjoy the benefits of cannabis by using a tincture or eating edibles. Although the two techniques of consumption share more similarities than, say, smoking and vaporizing, there are still important distinctions between them.

Weed Edibles

Marijuana edibles are consumable items that contain cannabis. Generally speaking, edibles refer to anything that may be consumed by mouth. Foods and drinks, as well as pills and capsules, could fall into this category.


To consume an edible, you should chew it well before swallowing it. Your preferred edible cannabis content and strength will dictate your dosage. The cannabinoid THC, the terpene CBD, or both can be present in marijuana food.

Edibles are typically made with cannabis extracts. Just putting some cannabis powder in your food won’t get you stoned. There is THCA in cannabis, and for it to “function,” it must be metabolized into THC. This is most frequently achieved by using heat, be it from a lighter, vape pen atomizer, dab rig torch, or oven.

Cannabis Tinctures

Herbal tinctures, sometimes known as “tinctures,” are made by steeping plant material in alcohol to extract the plant’s active compounds.

Tinctures are often administered orally, and only a few drops are required. Dosing a tincture properly is essential, and this is especially true for cannabis tinctures. Your cannabis tincture will come with dose guidelines, but it’s important to remember that you should tailor those instructions to your individual needs based on factors like your height, weight, and history of cannabis use, as well as your metabolism.

Tinctures are often used by medicinal cannabis patients because of their discretion and convenience.

Different Effects

There is a major difference in how our bodies handle foods and tinctures. Effects from edibles and tinctures are typically varied for users due to differences in onset and duration.


If you hold the tincture in your mouth for 1-5 minutes before swallowing, you’ll feel the effects much more quickly than with edibles. It takes time for the cannabinoids in edibles to make their way through the stomach, intestines, and liver before they can be distributed throughout the body. Tinctures can deliver benefits in as little as 15 minutes, but it could take an hour or two for edibles to take effect.


In comparison to the effects of a tincture, the ones from foods may last around for a little bit longer. This is because the effects of ingested cannabis take longer to take effect. Sublingual administration of a tincture can increase the rate at which THC or CBD enters the bloodstream and, in certain cases, improve its efficacy; however, it may also reduce the duration of the drug’s effects. If you take a tincture as directed, its effects should last anywhere from three to eight hours, whereas an edible’s effects can last anywhere from four to twelve.

The tincture has an additional benefit in that a portion of the dose will be eaten and will share the same digestive system as the edible, providing the user with the quickest onset and longest duration possible, especially when combined with a fat-containing meal or snack.


How to Use Cannabis Tincture

It’s important to remember that tinctures can be incorporated into edible strains. Almost any food can be made infused simply by adding a few drops of tincture to the preparation.

It is also possible to apply cannabis tinctures topically. A topical application of a tincture containing THC can reduce inflammation, discomfort, and other localized symptoms. Anxiety, tension, and possibly even seizures may respond favorably to CBD-rich tinctures.

What’s Best for You, Tincture or Edible?

The correct response to this inquiry is conditional on your specific requirements and preferences. A cannabis tincture may be the most effective method for medicinal marijuana patients seeking rapid symptom alleviation. If you want the effects to stay longer and don’t mind waiting a little longer for them to begin, an edible may be your best bet. The easiest approach to figure out what you like is to try both tinctures and edibles and observe what your body responds to best.

In a pinch, you can turn to cannabis tinctures for rapid symptom relief, while edibles will keep you feeling high for hours. The easiest way to figure out which type of cannabis product is best for you is to try out a few different kinds, like tinctures and edibles, and see which ones you like the most.

Best of luck with your experiments! If you have any inquiries concerning tinctures or edibles, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Helping Hands Dispensary in Boulder.