DOSING & USE



Optimal dosing and use of cannabis tinctures is a highly personal matter. People vary widely in their needs, sensitivity and tolerance to cannabis.

Below are some specific recommendations we've developed over the years of helping thousands of patients and consumers find the right way to incorporate our tinctures into their wellness regimen.

If you are working with a serious condition, please consult with a cannabis-knowledgeable physician to understand exactly how to use cannabis medicinally for your condition.

 

QUANTITY


With full-spectrum acidic cannabinoids (CBDA and THCA), microdosing is appropriate, as the components are synergistic and more effective when taken as a whole. Additionally, CBDA and THCA are considered to be well-absorbed and able to offer benefits in much lower amounts.

Five drops (not droppers), is an ideal starting microdose for our tinctures. We always recommend starting with this low dose and getting to know the effects for four or five days while your body is nourished with the beneficial constituents. If a higher dose seems needed, gradually increase a few drops at a time.

For many people five drops remains the ideal right dose; others require substantially more, particularly if they have a high tolerance to cannabis or are using the product for pain or serious conditions for which their doctor recommends a specific dose.

 

 

FREQUENCY


Taking smaller doses more often is the approach recommended by many cannabis researchers, particularly with CBD and the acidic cannabinoids. If you wants greater effects, we recommend you first try taking the tinctures more frequently - three or four times per day or more - before increasing the dosage.

Some people take cannabis tinctures every few hours if they are dealing with chronic stress, pain or other condition. Other people use it when they have a specific need; for instance, at night before sleep, or after strenuous physical work or exercise to ease body aches and pains and speed recovery.

 

 

RESETTING YOUR TOLERANCE


If over time you notice you need to take more tincture to achieve the same result, it could be that you have built up a tolerance to the cannabis. If so, you may want to "reset" your tolerance by taking a day or two off from the tinctures (please consult with your doctor if you are dealing with a medical condition). You might take a day off every week, or three days in a row each month. You can experiment and see what works for you.

The feedback we get (and our own experience) shows that a tolerance break every now and then can lead to greater ongoing effectiveness over time.
For more on dosing, visit https://www.projectcbd.org/how-to/cbd-dosage-guide

 

TAKING OLIVE OIL TINCTURES


Our olive oil tincture has a smooth onset over 15 minutes to two hours, as it passes through the digestive system. The effects tend to last a bit longer than that of the alcohol tincture.

You can drop it directly into your mouth, or onto the food of your choice. We recommend holding the oil in your mouth for a while before swallowing to allow some emulsification, but it's fine to simply swallow it as well. You may notice a strong spicy aftertaste. This is from the cannabis as well as the extra virgin olive oil, which can vary in its aromatic qualities.

You can also add the oil tinctures to your favorite foods. Do not add to hot liquids or cook with it, however, as that will decarboxylate and denature the cannabinoids and other active constituents.

TAKING ALCOHOL TINCTURES


Alcohol tinctures typically are dropped under the tongue and held in the mouth until absorbed. This is by far the fastest way to absorb and experience the cannabinoids and other active constituents, as they rapidly enter the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system.

Taking alcohol tinctures can be a pleasant or intense experience. They have a "bite” that some find unpleasant or irritating to the mouth.

To soften the intensity, simply drop into a half-teaspoon of water, and hold it in the mouth until absorbed. You can also add the drops to any cool or room-temperature drink, keeping in mind that significant dilution may slow or decrease absorption. Do not add to boiling drinks as this can decarboxylate the cannabinoids and weaken or vaporize certain of the plant essences.

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