Want to enjoy a high without worrying that you’ll overdose on it? Tinctures have got you covered. These products contain a precise dose of cannabinoids and provide an easy method of measuring what dosage works for you.
Tinctures are hemp extracts made by soaking cannabis in a liquid like vegetable oil, glycerin, or food-grade alcohol for a couple of days. What does this do? The liquid steals all active components inside the dipped herbs, gaining the power of various cannabinoids and terpenes. This process is what makes the liquid inside a tincture precious. A tincture liquid may contain the following cannabinoids:
Delta 8 is one of over 100 cannabinoids occurring naturally in hemp and is a form of THC. The cannabinoid is an isomer of Delta 9 – THC, sharing an almost identical chemical structure. The only difference between the two is that Delta 8 has a double bond at its 8th carbon chain while Delta 9 has it on its 9th carbon chain. Delta 8 – THC got discovered in 1965 by Israeli Chemist Raphael Mechoulam.
Delta 8 – THC occurs in small quantities in hemp, so manufacturers can’t extract it directly. Instead, manufacturers use an isomerization process that converts hemp-derived CBD into sufficient quantities of Delta 8 – THC.
The intoxicating effects of Delta 8 – THC are similar to an Indica high. The cannabinoid’s intoxicating effects are around half as potent as Delta 9 – THC.
HHC is a psychoactive cannabinoid occurring naturally in hemp, although in minute amounts. It’s called the hydrogenated version of Delta 9 – THC and comes under the category of THC. The cannabinoid got discovered in the 1940s by American chemist Roger Adams when he hydrogenated Delta 9 – THC.
To obtain large quantities of HHC, manufacturers use a process called hydrogenation. It’s the same chemical process that dairy products manufacturers use to obtain margarine and ghee. Through this process, manufacturers add a hydrogen molecule to hemp-derived THC, synthesizing HHC in high amounts.
The psychoactive effects of HHC are around 80% of the potency of Delta 9 – THC. Its intoxicating effects are similar to a Sativa high.
THC-O, aka THC-O acetate, is an ester version of THC and a potent psychoactive cannabinoid. The chemical doesn’t occur naturally in hemp, so it’s an artificial compound. The chemical compound’s discovery dates back to the 1940s when the US army was investigating its effects. How do manufacturers obtain this chemical compound? By using a highly flammable and volatile chemical called acetic anhydride. First, manufacturers extract CBD from hemp and convert it into Delta 8 – THC. Then, manufacturers add acetic anhydride into Delta 8 – THC, generating THC-O.
THC-O is a pro-drug, meaning it won’t unleash its intoxicating effects until it gets metabolized by your body. The cannabinoid’s intoxicating effects are 3 times stronger than Delta 9 – THC.
THC-O tinctures occur in multiple flavors. So, you can pick one according to your liking. Usually, these products contain flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, and other fruity flavors. If you want to use tinctures that don’t contain flavorings, you can use unflavored tinctures.
The onset duration of HHC tinctures depends on how you consume them. If you use tincture oil sublingually by placing one or two oil drops under your tongue for a minute, HHC may take 15 minutes or longer to kick in. This consumption technique has a shorter onset time because the cannabinoid gets absorbed through the tiny blood vessels surrounding the inner lining of your mouth.
Another consumption method for tinctures involves infusing edibles with tincture oil. Taking HHC oil with a meal will make you high in 60 minutes or longer.
Delta 8 provides a mild Indica high. A characteristic of an Indica high is that it calms the mind and body, making a person feel sleepy. If you’re unable to sleep at night because of stress or an overactive mind, taking Delta 8 before bedtime may induce sleepiness. To ensure that you get the Delta 8 high right after lying in bed, take the tincture an hour before bedtime.
You can keep your THC-O tincture near a window as long as sunlight doesn’t reach through it and the area doesn’t become hot. This cannabinoid is sensitive to sunlight and high temperatures and breaks down if exposed to any of these factors. If THC-O breaks down inside the tincture, the oil loses its efficacy, so you won’t be able to experience the effects anymore.
HHC tinctures should be air-sealed and kept in a cool, dark place like a fridge. Compounds inside the tincture are sensitive to oxygen, heat, and sunlight. Exposure to any of these environmental agents will cause the decomposition of these compounds, making them lose their efficiency.
You can’t vape Delta 8 tinctures. But you can use them orally. To use a tincture orally, you can swallow a few oil drops or hold them under your tongue for a minute. Or, you can add Delta 8 tincture oil to food if you don’t like to take it directly.
How long you’ll be able to feel the effects of THC-O tinctures depends on several factors. These include your body’s metabolism, the dosage of THC-O, and your body’s tolerance. Usually, the effects of THC-O tinctures last for around 6 to 8 hours after consuming them.
HHC is a form of THC and will form THC metabolites in the body. Therefore, taking a drug test after using an HHC tincture will make you fail a drug test. If you have a drug test in the coming weeks, avoid using HHC tinctures.
You can’t use Delta 8 tinctures in a vape cartridge. However, you can use them orally or apply them to your skin to experience the calming effects of Delta 8.
HHC tinctures may last up to 2 years if stored properly as the cannabinoid has a more stable structure than other forms of THC.