An oil-soluble Delta 8 THC tinctures will also operate more similarly to a Delta 8 THC edible, meaning most of the oil is going to be absorbed through the GI tract results versus the mucous membranes under your tongue. This results in higher levels of the Delta 8 THC metabolite 11-hydroxy-delta 8-tetrahydrocannabinol, a longer time to feel effects (usually 1-4 hours), and a longer duration of effects (as long as 12 hours or more).
However, there are ways to increase the absorption of Delta 8 THC in the mucous membranes. Pairing Delta 8 THC with a small, simple structured carrier oil like MCT oil is thought to increase absorption rates as well as pairing it with small amounts of compounds like terpenes and/or food-grade ethanol. Note that the more Delta 8 THC that is absorbed through the mucous membranes the quicker you will feel effects, but the shorter the duration of those effects will be.
And while making a tincture may seem like a daunting task shrouded in mystery, it’s not! It’s extremely simple and we’ll get you up and going in no time with an easy to make oil-soluble tincture.
Making a Delta 8 THC Tincture
There are two kinds of tinctures, one being water-soluble and the other being oil soluble. Oil-soluble tinctures are by far the easiest tinctures to make, and it will also be the cheapest and easiest way to get accurate dosing, so that’s the one we’ll cover here
When choosing a carrier oil, you can use any food-grade carrier oil you wish, as well as any terpenes. As a note, “carrier oil” is simply an oil used to thin out the Delta 8 THC distillate to help it become more easily used and more easily digested.
A common question we see is how to make a Delta 8 THC tincture. We offer a premade Delta 8 THC tincture with a custom blend of cannabinoids and terpenes that we’ve worked hard developing for maximum efficiency, but this is going to be what we see as best for the average person. There may be a carrier oil, terpene, blend of terpenes, or flavoring that you prefer or respond better to.
In order to keep your product fresher, longer, you can also add a small amount of vitamin E to the mix. It’s a great food-safe antioxidant, an essential vitamin, and natural! Just don’t vape your mixture if you add vitamin E, as studies suggest it may cause lung damage. Also do not vape if you add ethanol or flavor oils.
This is a topic we have done a fair bit of lab testing on. When using hemp seed oil as the carrier in tinctures, we saw an average 11% bodily absorption. But when we used MCT oil as the carrier oil in tinctures, we saw an average of 19% bioavailability to the body.
Hemp seed oil may seem like the carrier oil of choice, it comes from the exact same plant and there are some people out there that consider it a “super food”, however, hemp seed oil is generally an inefficient carrier of CBD on its own. To reach its full potential, it must be mixed with oils that give the CBD higher bioavailability, such as MCT oil, which also allows for a more rapid release into the body.
In order to use the cannabinoids that we take in when we consume CBD oil, we must first break the oil down into its nutritive components. These components will be either absorbed, or pass through the body. The CBD that is absorbed passes through the lining of the intestinal tract into the blood. The blood carries it to the sites where it will be reassembled and used by the body. If the CBD is not used immediately, it will either be stored for later use, or excreted in the urine. CBD is a lipid (fat) soluble molecule, meaning that it can only be ingested into the body through fats and oils, to then be stored in fat tissue.
One might say that 19% still isn’t very good, that’s why we look at achieving maximum bioavailability as a multi-step process. When using the proper carrier oil (MCT), combined with Nanoemulsion of the CBD molecules through ultrasonication, we can achieve between an 80% – 90% total bioavailability of our CBD product. So, it really takes a two-pronged approach to getting the high CBD absorption rate that consumers deserve, but the first step is definitely choosing the right carrier oil. Look at itthis way, if you have to mix CBD oil with something else, you might as well make it useful.
When creating tinctures and softgels, the carrier oil chosen to use during formulation is important. For the most part, the decision for product manufacturers is to either use MCT oil or hemp seed oil. There is definite curb appeal to hemp seed oil. it targets that niche customer who wants the whole-plant flavor. But here is why MCT oil is best for the end consumer:
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This time I think I’m aiming for 5mg THC: 15ml oil so I can basically just take a shot out of a small measuring cup I have without worrying about syringes or encapsulation.
I think it will because it should be 100% saturated fatty acids vs. coconut oil’s roughly 93%.
So I guess what I really need to know is which MCT (8, 10, or 12) is most likely to be processed by the liver?
I think I’ll ease into this transition from using coconut oil to using c8 + c10 specific MCT oil 100% derived from coconuts. First I’ll try using an MCT oil 100% produced from coconut oil that is a combo of C8, C10, and C12. I’d like to compare that to my usual 100% coconut oil baseline. I’m going to try this one.
Some MCT oils seem to have the same % of C12 as coconut oil, but they gain more C8 and C10 in exchange for less LCT’s and less Unsaturated fats. Since they have the same amount of C12 and overall more saturated fat than standard coconut oil, I’d say they have to be better for the extraction of thc. It’s just a question of whether or not the additional C8 and C10 will be processed by the liver or not. I guess it’s also a question of whether the increased rapidness of absorption that C8 and C10 offer will substantially offset the reduction of 11 hydroxy thc production they might induce by not passing through the liver.