Medical marijuana is a subtle herb because it not only affects the Endocannabinoid System (receptors on nerve and immune synapses throughout the body) differently depending on how it is absorbed, but also alters your consciousness. We rarely talk about what consciousness is (scientists debate what it is and where it originates in us) but substances like sugar, alcohol, caffeine, marijuana and nicotine all alter our consciousness when we use them. But marijuana takes consciousness shifting to the next level. It’s the only plant with molecules that lock on to receptors throughout our entire nervous and immune system. Its effect on us is noticeable like the other substances, but goes way beyond a buzz- especially if you are using it correctly.
Glycerin is a vegetable based sweetener and can absorb the resinous molecules in marijuana. Glycerin tincture is typically made by soaking glycerin and plant matter for several weeks or months and the ‘cold’ process makes the resulting tincture less psychoactive while retaining medicinal benefits such as reduced inflammation, anxiety, tremors, and racing thoughts. The consciousness shift is more subtle as its affecting your body more than just releasing dopamine in the brain.
Edibles are typically made oil or butter that has been cooked with cannabis. This is more potent than glycerin (heating THC makes it more potent) and the oils carry the cannabis molecules more deeply in to the tissues and nervous system which increases the psychoactive and sentient affects such as increased appetite and libido, muscle relaxation and pain relief, and reduced insomnia.
Alcohol tincture is a more aggressive method of breaking down resins but is typically made the way glycerine tinctures are made, or is cooked away to make concentrated cannabinoid resin. The alcohol enters the blood stream faster (sometimes through capillaries in the mouth which bring it more directly to the brain) and can have a more narcotic or psychoactive effect than glycerin, but also decreased subtlety in the overall high. It is recommended for more recreational use, a quicker psychoactive response, and for patients who are dealing with chronic pain and need to diversify their dosages between smoking, vaping, edibles, or tinctures.