If you’re new to medicinal cannabis, you might be asking: What is the best format for taking medicinal cannabis? Capsules, tinctures, or Lune Tears? This is a question we frequently get asked and we’re here to help. Lune Wellness offers a range of oral and topical medicinal cannabis products and we want to help you choose the product that best suits your needs. Here’s some important information to help you decide.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Format
Whether you’ve decided on CBD, THC, or a blend of the two, deciding on the best way to take medicinal cannabis will depend on your personal preferences. Here are some key things to consider.
Capsules come in measured doses, e.g., 10mg, 20mg, 30mg per capsule, etc. This means the dose doesn’t have to be measured. You simply put the capsule in your mouth and swallow. Capsules also provide flexibility. For example, if you bought 10mg capsules but feel you need 20 milligrams, take two capsules at one time, rather than one.
Tinctures come with calibrated droppers. The label will say how many millilitres (ml) of oil are in a full dropper. It will also tell you how many milligrams (mg) of medicinal cannabis, i.e., CBD and/or THC, are in a dropper. This allows you to measure out what you want, which could be a portion of a dropper, or more than one full dropper.
Tinctures aren’t as convenient as capsules in that you have to measure every dose . However, a key advantage is that tinctures make it easy to put the medicinal cannabis directly on the mucous membrane under your tongue. This allows it to go directly into your bloodstream. Capsules on the other hand, when swallowed, have to go through your stomach to be metabolized before entering the bloodstream. This process takes longer than the mucous membrane route.
Lune Tears are more concentrated versions of tinctures. They also come with a calibrated dispenser; a syringe as opposed to a dropper. The syringe is more awkward to use as it pretty much takes two hands to accurately measure the desired amount. Our recommendation is for you to measure the dose onto a spoon. From there, you can swallow it, or as with tinctures, you can place it under your tongue.
Capsules, tinctures, and Lune Tears come in carrier oils. Lune’s capsules are made with coconut oil, also known as MCT oil. Our tinctures are made with grapeseed oil. Lune Tears use hemp oil. These are all approved food-grade oils found in many household kitchens.
There is no underlying reason why one product is made with a particular oil, and another made with a different oil. Regardless of what product you choose, here are some things to keep in mind about carrier oils:
With capsules, this isn’t an issue because they’re swallowed whole and the oil isn’t tasted. With tinctures and Lune Tears, the oil will likely be tasted. Some people find hemp oil particularly, to have a bitter taste. This can be disguised by taking the product with food. Oils are not water-soluble and you should be aware that if you put a tincture or Lune Tear dose in a liquid, it will float on the surface.
Concentration refers to the number of milligrams of medicinal cannabis per millilitre of oil. A higher concentration means fewer millilitres of oil are required to get a desired number of milligrams of CBD or THC. As mentioned, Lune Tears have a higher concentration than tinctures. Fewer drops of a Lune Tear are required to get the desired dose of CBD and/or THC.
The number of millilitres is listed on the labels for tinctures and Lune Tears. Individual capsules have a high ratio of medicinal cannabis to oil and only a minute amount of oil per capsule. For this reason, the millilitres of oil aren’t listed on the bottle label.
- Shelf life
All oral medicinal cannabis products should be kept away from heat; preferably refrigerated. This keeps the carrier oil from going bad. However, even if the oil goes bad, the medicinal ingredients should still retain their potency. Lune Wellness labels indicate a shelf life of about one year.
Pet products contain salmon oil and their labels indicate a shelf life of about six months. However, if any product is kept refrigerated, it will last considerable longer than the date on the label.
The cost of a product depends upon the cost of the ingredients used to make that product as well as how much of any ingredient is used. Some products, e.g., capsules, require more labour to produce and this is reflected in their cost.
If cost is an important consideration, remember to look at the cost per milligram; not the cost per container. When you compare different Lune products, or if you are comparing Lune products to those of another company, take the cost of the product and divide by the number of milligrams of medicinal cannabis contained in the product. Although it is not always a case of comparing apples to apples when comparing products, this simple calculation will at least level the playing field when it comes to comparing the cost of the medicinal ingredients.
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