A man takes the dropper out of a bottle of Delta 8 tincture.

How To Use Delta 8 Tinctures: Your Guide

Delta 8 tinctures are a convenient way to access the benefits of this federally legal, hemp-derived cannabinoid. Tinctures are portable, easy to take, and don’t require anything besides the bottle of tincture itself.

Are you interested in trying out tinctures? Understanding how they work and how long they take to kick in can help you get the most out of them. Tinctures are different than edibles, vapes, and other common ways to consume cannabinoids.

Let’s start with a basic review of tinctures. Then, we’ll look more closely at how to use Delta 8 tinctures.

What are Delta 8 Tinctures?

In general, a tincture is an herbal extract. Tinctures use alcohol or vinegar to pull active ingredients from plant material, as Healthline explains. 

This process concentrates those ingredients into a relatively small amount of solvent. That can make it easier to consume as compared to dealing with raw plant material.

Delta 8 is a cannabinoid that’s similar to, but chemically and legally distinct from, Delta 9 THC. That’s the most common cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Delta 8 sold by reputable retailers is instead sourced from hemp plants. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp, as long as it contains no more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC.

A Delta 8 tincture is simply an alcohol tincture containing the Delta 8 cannabinoid. It may also be referred to as a hemp flower extract. That’s a less-specific term, but it’s still accurate.

You may also hear of Delta 8 oils being referred to as tinctures because the products are quite similar. However, there are a few key differences between them. That includes the use of carrier oils instead of solvents in Delta 8 oils. Learn more about the differences between tinctures and oils.

What Makes Delta 8 Tinctures Unique?

Delta 8 tinctures are unique because they contain a specific cannabinoid. Delta 8 is known for offering milder (yet still noticeable) effects compared to Delta 9 and other cannabinoids. For most users, it’s a pleasant 

Wondering how to use tinctures, Delta 8 and other cannabinoids included? You have two options. And that’s a big part of what makes tinctures unique. Tinctures can be absorbed under the tongue (called sublingual administration) or by swallowing.

When held under the tongue, it is absorbed directly into your bloodstream. It’s not processed by your liver or digestive system. They can kick in in as few as 15 minutes. This is similar to vaping or smoking Delta 8.

When swallowed, tinctures pass through your digestive system and liver. They can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to digest and kick in. Because of the processing that happens inside your body, this method generally leads to a longer-lasting experience. This is similar to the effects of eating Delta 8 edibles.

This flexibility is one of the major reasons why people like to use Delta 8 tinctures and many other cannabinoid tinctures. You can choose the experience you want, whether it’s faster effects or longer-lasting effects. That’s something most other Delta 8 products don’t offer.

Close-up view of a Delta 8 tincture droplet coming out of a dropper cap.

Delta 8 Tinctures: How to Use Them Effectively and Safely

Delta 8 tinctures, and many other cannabinoid tinctures, tend to be quite strong. 

The same is often true for Delta 8 distillate and Delta 8 oil. These tips aren’t a complete guide on how to use Delta 8 distillate or oils. However, much of this advice crosses over to those products.

That doesn’t mean you can’t use them safely or effectively. However, you do need to pay close attention to dosing. You should also review any available third-party lab test results for a tincture you purchase.

Taking a careful approach means you can enjoy your Delta 8 tincture (or any other cannabinoid tincture) without feeling overwhelmed. No matter why you use tinctures, a pleasant and effective experience will always be better than an extremely intense one.

Finding the Right Delta 8 Tincture for You

Delta 8 tinctures offer plenty of options. From potency to flavor and the inclusion of other cannabinoids, tinctures cover a lot of ground.

Comparing potency and price is one way to find the right tincture. If you’re looking for value, seek out the highest total D8 tincture concentration at the lowest price.

The flavor is an important factor, too. Swallowing Delta 8 tincture is a pretty fast process, but some people find holding it under their tongues a little unpleasant. Finding a flavor you like can make it more enjoyable.

The overall quality, purity, and safety of the tincture is always the most important consideration. We said it before and we’ll say it again. Review the independent lab reports available for any Delta 8 tincture you’re thinking about buying.

Determining the Right Dose for a Delta 8 Tincture

Dosing Delta 8 tinctures doesn’t have to be complex. Reputable manufacturers of high-quality tinctures will give you dosing instructions on the label. They tend to suggest starting with a single dose, then waiting for the effects to kick in before taking any more. 

Want to be extra careful? When you use a new Delta 8 tincture for the first time, start with half the recommended dose. Then, work your way up from there.

The Rundown: A Checklist for How to Use Delta 8 Tincture

Our most important piece of advice overall is to take a careful approach when trying new tinctures for the first time. Here’s our “Delta 8 THC tincture: How to use them” checklist:

  •  Choose a tincture that offers an independent lab report, so you can check out quality and purity for yourself.
  • Decide if you want faster effects by holding the tincture under your tongue or longer-lasting effects from swallowing.
    • If drinking, you can mix your tincture with a beverage or flavoring.
  • Follow the dosing instructions and don’t overdo it, especially if you’re trying a tincture for the first time.
  • Give the effects time to kick in (about 15 minutes for sublingual, about 30 minutes-2 hours when drinking).
  • Be safe and enjoy!

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