I’ve written here before that I’m not the biggest fan of edibles. I try them every now and then, but their level of unpredictability is a little much for me. Sometimes a double dose leaves me wondering why nothing happens, other times a single dose of the same edible puts me way past where I want to be, into a non-functional state. I’ve tried to track what variables are involved here – empty stomach, whether I’ve smoked or consumed previously that day – but it’s still a mystery. There are few circumstances in life when I find that level of uncertainty acceptable in terms of cannabis.
I tend to give new edibles a chance anyway out of sheer curiosity, and low-dose edibles are becoming increasingly popular, allowing for finer and finer adjustment of doses. But as the offerings available in the cannabis world continue to branch out, another middle-ground option has become increasingly accessible to patients.
This week, I tried Wünder Fruit’s 1:1 CBD coconut oil tincture.
Why use tinctures?
Well, sublingual consumption offers a happy medium between the fast onset of vaping or smoking and the gradual, almost day-long, process of eating an edible. So far, I’ve had the chance to try this method of ingestion through tinctures and dissolvable mints. Proper execution of this consumption process requires a little bit of finesse, since tinctures can simply be swallowed, in which case your body will process it like any other edible. However, if you take the time and effort to hold it under your tongue, it will take effect faster and in my experience more gradually than an edible.
If that weren’t enticing enough, sublingual consumption saves your lungs from the damage of smoking, and a high bio-availability means more of the cannabinoids you know and love actually make it into your bloodstream.
While tinctures might seem, to the uninitiated, as one of the newer, ‘outside the box’ options from an expanding range of cannabis offerings, they actually have an extensive history – especially here in the US. In the 19th century, before cannabis was reinvented as a maligned public enemy by politicians and the media, cannabis tinctures could be found in most pharmacies around the country. Many pharmacies even offered their own tinctures, manufactured in-house. The tinctures were favored for treating a wide variety of ailments, not unlike today.
Wünder Fruit Tinctures
Wünder Fruit's tinctures are made from coconut oil, an innovation away from the classic alcohol or vegetable glycerin. Alcohol has an intense taste and a bit of burn, as you would expect, and vegetable glycerin feels and tastes a little like chugging olive oil – neither one is especially pleasant. Not only is the coconut oil much tastier, but a diet rich in coconut oil also offers a range of well-documented health benefits such as improved heart health, increased metabolism, weight loss, and immune system support.
The combination of the sweet, light coconut oil taste, with the classic cannabis taste we know and love definitely makes for a winner. And this is important for something you’ll be trying to hold in your mouth as long as you can (I aim for about ten minutes). The texture is thicker than an alcohol tincture, and a bit odd at first, but easy to get used to.
I found that the effects set in faster from this than in any previous tincture experience, becoming noticeable in about 15 minutes – only a slightly longer wait than with vaping. This seems like a potential breakthrough to me – an odor-free, socially acceptable way to consume cannabis that takes hold in just 15 to 20 minutes?
As with edibles, as soon as I felt the first waves of effects I became just slightly apprehensive about where I was headed. If it kicked in so fast, was I headed for a super intense peak? Had I taken too much?
This turned out not be the case, probably thanks to the high CBD content. The relaxing, mellow effects leveled out within a few minutes, and remained even for about an hour. It was truly subtle, and those looking for a more classic cannabis experience should probably try a tincture with higher THC content. The 1:1 ratio meant that the calming but subtle effects of the CBD really dominate the experience – though it was certainly more noticeable than with an all-CBD tincture or edible. This would be a great option for patients looking to treat stress or depression while remaining functional. CBD is also helpful for pain and for sleep.
The CBD tincture would be a great starting point for anyone looking to explore consumption methods beyond smoking or vaping, or looking for an introduction to the effects of CBD.