Over the past year I’ve fallen into a grove of using some variation of tincture (elixir, or syrup) for system-specific support.
This is my Digestive Ease Syrup with Echinacea, Fennel, Hops, Licorice root, Marshmallow root, and Nettle.
Potency wise, it’s 100mg THC, 100mg CBD and 70mg THCa per ounce, with the active cannabinoids (THC, CBD) derived from a 1:1 pheno of ACDC and the acidic cannabinoids (THCa) coming from Santa Cruz’s pride, Blue Dream.
I know the #fuckbluedream vibe stretches from it’s birthplace here next to the Pacific all the way to the Atlantic, but y’all are hating on a solid Sativa dominant hybrid whose Blueberry lineage lends a full body high to Haze’s cerebral stimulation, making it the perfect balance between couch lock and cannaskeeted. Besides, how you gonna complain about a girl that grows and fruits like a tree, is hella disease resistant, and is basically a perfect daytime med?
Oh right, Tincture not Tangent Tuesday. The CBD in this formula negates interactions between THC and CB1 receptors, meaning less of a head high and more of a focus on THC interacting with CB2 receptors - the ones in the GI, of which this formula is meant to nourish. Simultaneously, CBD delays FAAH from breaking down cannabinoid-receptor connections, allowing the cannabinoids more time to correct a dysfunctional cell. While THCa has been shown to interact with both CB1 and CB2 receptors, it’s reputation as a potent anti-inflammatory is evidence to its use at CB2 site. If this is sounding alien to you, check two posts back and sign up to learn all about your Endocannabinoid System.
Syrups are my fave because they’re easy to customize, and can be used in multiple ways. Held under the tongue, cannabinoids absorb through mucous membranes, offering relief within ~15 minutes and lasting an hour, on average.
For stronger and longer effects, dilute some tincture in a shot glass (or your coffee) and throw it back, letting the cannabinoids pass through the liver, where delta-9-THC converts to 11-hydroxy-THC aka SUPER THC. Ingested effects take longer to kick in (1-3 hrs depending 🌽) (#crohnsjokes are too easy) but are also known to last much longer (~4-8 hrs) than other administration methods.
Process: infusion & decoction of herbs & roots + cured Blue Dream infused honey + decarboxylated ACDC infused vodka