cbd tincture burnsDecember 15, 2021
“Topical forms of CBD are being used more frequently for wounds,” Dr. Ben Talei, a plastic surgeon and product formulator who works with CBD skincare, confirms in an email to TZR. He predicts CBD products will “soon play a larger role in treating burn and trauma patients.” Apparently, this burn-soothing function comes down to a substance known as linalool . Linalool is a terpene that also comes from cannabis, and is reported to enhance the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, Dr. Talei says. And in combination with CBD, it may also help treat pain and anxiety. Cannabidiol is also full of antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, which help protect and heal skin from sun damage.
Another reason to reach for the CBD cream? Many CBD products include cooling ingredients, like peppermint, for a double dose of skin-soothing goodness. “Our lotion has has been specifically formulated to cool and provide relief to skin,” Cindy Capobianco, the co-founder and president of Lord Jones, tells The Zoe Report. “Many of our customers swear by our Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion when it comes to sunburn or use after a minor kitchen burn.” (The brand’s PR rep once told me that after she burned her hand on a curling iron, she nursed it back to health in a day with Lord Jones Royal Oil.)
You probably know CBD as a supposed miracle cure for anxiety, or aching muscles, or even acne-prone skin — but here’s a hot tip: CBD for burns is a secret no one knows about. Yet . After checking in with doctors and cannabidiol experts alike, I feel confident in proclaiming this yet another summer of CBD… if only because your summer might involve some sunburn, and CBD might be able to help.
“We’ve heard from clients again and again that our CBD serum has eased burns of all kinds — from Cabo to curling irons,” Casey Georgeson, the founder of Saint Jane Beauty, tells The Zoe Report. The evidence is more than anecdotal. “Early research suggests CBD can alleviate many of the issues around sunburns, including redness and pain,” Georgeon says.
To treat minor burns at home, Dr. Talei recommends a two-pronged approach: an oral supplement for pain, and a topical product for healing — although topicals have been shown to ease pain and discomfort, too.
Ahead, 12 CBD products to have on hand this summer to treat everything from accidental sunburns to curling iron disasters.
Tinctures are alcohol based cannabis extracts. They’re a great entry point for both medical and recreational consumers looking for a smokeless method of consumption. Tinctures are easy to measure for dosing. Start with one eye dropper full under your tongue. When taken under the tongue, also called sublingually, effects should come on within the hour.
It’s important to be consistent when making tinctures. If you make two batches at different strengths, a dose from each won’t be the same. Write down how much alcohol and cannabis you use for each batch so it can be replicated again if it was to your liking.
The goal is to find a high-proof alcohol that is safe for consumption. The higher the alcohol content, the better it will dissolve cannabis resin. Everclear is my alcohol of choice when making a tincture, as it is both safe to consume and highly potent.
When dosing a tincture sublingually, expect to feel the effects in 15-45 minutes and reach your peak high at about 90 minutes. If you simply drink the dose, expect a slower onset that more closely resembles traditional edibles.
Compared to the traditional cannabis-infused brownie, tinctures are a low calorie alternative. If you make a tincture with 190 proof alcohol, you’re looking at about 7 calories per mL.
How long does a cannabis tincture take to kick in?
Once you’ve made the tincture, dosages are easy to self-titrate, or measure. Start with 1 mL of your finished tincture and put it under your tongue. If you’re happy with the effects, you’re done.
This produces a mild effect, great for microdosing. If you want a more potent tincture, reduce the amount of alcohol by a third until you hit your desired potency.
Cannabis tinctures can be incorporated into all sorts of meals and drinks:
Expect to be high longer than when you smoke or vaporize, but shorter than when you eat a butter or oil-based edible.
To keep it simple, I like to use this ratio when making a tincture: For every ounce of cannabis flower, use one 750 mL bottle of alcohol (for an eighth of weed, that’s about 3 fluid oz).
Otherwise, ramp up your dosage slowly to avoid getting uncomfortably high—try 2 mL the next day, and so on, until you find the dose you’re happy with.
Products like isopropyl alcohol are not intended to be consumed and should never be used when making a tincture—save that for cleaning your pipes!
Tinctures are especially great for first-time cannabis consumers. Here are some reasons why:
Some people try to make a more potent glycerin tincture by first using alcohol, carefully evaporating the (very flammable) alcohol off of the tincture, and then introducing glycerin afterward. You get the potency of the alcohol with the glycerin body. Considering the dangers associated with evaporating alcohol with a heat source, we at Leafly do not recommend this method.
Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based cannabis extracts—essentially, cannabis-infused alcohol. In fact, tinctures were the main form of cannabis medicine until the United States enacted cannabis prohibition. They’re a great entry point for both recreational and medical consumers looking to ease into smokeless consumption methods.
Making the tincture.
And if you don’t feel like waiting several weeks, you can even get away with shaking it for 3 minutes, straining, and storing.
I like to add some cannabis oil to my homemade chicken tikka masala for a delicious infused dinner.
Cannabis tinctures are usually taken by putting a few drops under your tongue (sublingually). When taken this way, the arterial blood supply under your tongue rapidly absorbs the THC. That being said, you can always swallow the tincture in a drink or food, but it will be absorbed slower by your liver.
When it comes to making tinctures, high-proof, food-grade alcohol is going to be your best friend. If you wish to avoid using alcohol, glycerin, a plant-based oil, is an acceptable replacement. However, glycerin is not as efficient at bonding to cannabis compounds and will produce a less potent tincture.
If you drink your tincture or add it to food, effects can take up to two hours to come on – more like edibles. If you’re happy with the effects, you’re done. If you’d like more, take it one eyedropper at a time. Always remember because it could take up to two hours to feel effects, the golden rule when ingesting cannabis is to start small and be patient. That way, you don’t end up uncomfortably high.
Some people have reported experiencing a burning sensation under their tongue after a few drops of tincture—the high-proof alcohol used to make a tincture is responsible for this. If the tincture burns under your tongue and you are looking for a different option, you can get a glycerin-based tincture or incorporate your tincture into a beverage.
However you ingest a tincture, you can expect to feel the effects for longer than you smoked or vaporized cannabis. Tinctures will last for many years when stored in a cool, dark location. The long shelf life means you can make big batches of your own and have a convenient and accurate way to consume cannabis when you want to.
Using alcohol vs. glycerin for tinctures.
According to The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook, cannabis tinctures will last for many years when stored in a cool, dark place. Their long shelf life means you can make large quantities of them in one sitting.
If you don’t have a full kitchen or just prefer simple, mess-free preparation techniques, cannabis tinctures are a great DIY project. You can make a tincture with a jar, alcohol, strainer, and cannabis. That’s all you need!
This post was originally published on June 16, 2016. It was most recently updated on March 4, 2020.