Tinctures are concentrated liquid herbal extracts, made by steeping fresh or dried herbs and other plant parts in alcohol. Traditionally, vodka or brandy is used to make a cannabis tincture.
Alcohol is used because it breaks down the cell wall of the plant, allowing the plants bio-active compounds to be release, and stored into the alcohol.
After the herbs steep for 4 weeks, the liquid is strained and under the tongue, usually about 20-30 drops or a few droppers full, each day. Tinctures are one of the many ways to administer herbs internally.
Teas, syrups, and herbal pills are some other effective ways to ingest herbs. However, tinctures are highly absorb-able, concentrated, compact, and will last a lifetime if kept away from direct sunlight. These features of herbal tinctures make them an easy, effective way to make herbs a part of your diet, no matter where you are.