Smoking cannabis flower is without a doubt the most popular way of medicating today. However, it wasn’t always this way. In fact, during what many cannabis experts consider the golden age of medical cannabis, from 1837-1937, tinctures were by far the most used method to treat symptoms. From skinned knees to menstrual cramps, cannabis tinctures were the remedy administered to adults and children.
A lot changed with tincture use throughout the past several decades. However, cannabis tinctures are growing fast and back as being one of the most used edible forms today.
The hundred year period of safely administered cannabis tincture use came to end once the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 came into play. A lot happened leading up to the prohibition, much-involving race, and class. Later this was replaced by The Controlled Substance Act. Cannabis is now labeled as a Schedule 1 Prohibited Substance. This means that under the current federal legislation, cannabis fits into these three categories:
- Substance possess “a high potential for abuse”
- Currently has “no currently accepted medical use” in the United States; and,
- The substance lacks “accepted safety for use … under medical supervision.”
Once versed in the history of cannabis and talking to any medical patient, its very clear this classification is misguided at best. Nonetheless, the perception is changing as states are deciding for themselves to allow medical and recreational marijuana use. As of 2017, there are 29 states and DC that allow medical marijuana use, and 8 states that also allow recreational use.
Why Cannabis Tinctures Are One Of The Fastest Growing Edibles
According to BDS Analytics, cannabis tinctures are one of the fastest growing edibles today. Just following the pill category, tinctures have grown 100% from 2015 to 2016 (see graph below).
This growth can be due to multiple reasons, but the underlying one is very clear: medical patients are seeing a massive benefit to cannabis tincture use. Cannabis tinctures are a form of edibles that many have not been aware of until recent years. With growing decriminalization laws, medical marijuana has brought cannabis tinctures onto the shelves of dispensaries and continues to surprise patients on the ways it can help subside symptoms. Patients are becoming more aware of the many different ways to consume cannabis, and the tinctures category is seeing that benefit.
What Exactly Cannabis Tinctures Can Treat
Tinctures are used to treat many symptoms. The highly concentrated alcoholic extract of the herb allows for quick circulation and takes effect faster than other consumption methods. Many patients report tinctures helping for pain, workouts, cancer, rashes, cuts, sunburns, eczema, and overall wellness.
There are many different formulations of cannabis tinctures that derive from the flower. Similarly to that flower, it can be useful to treat different symptoms, and that range is proving to surpass expectations. Other common symptoms treated with cannabis tinctures include anxiety, insomnia, aches, pains, cramps, inflammation, and eczema.
As always, it’s best to consult with your medical doctor before trying a new treatment.
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