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Capsules? Tinctures? Tears? Which is Best?

A photo of Lune capsule, tincture, and tears products.

If you’re new to medicinal cannabis, you might be asking: What is the best way to take medicinal cannabis? Capsules, Tinctures, or Lune Tears? 

Things to Consider

Lune Wellness offers a range of oral medicinal cannabis products and we want to help you choose the product that best suits your needs. Whether you’ve decided on CBD, THC, or a blend of the two, here are some things to consider in finding the format that works best for you.

Capsules

Lune capsules come in measured doses, e.g., 10mg, 20mg, 30mg per capsule, etc. This means you don’t have to measure the dose. 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 mg, you can take two capsules at a time, rather than one.

Tinctures

Tinctures come with calibrated droppers. You can tell you how many millilitres (ml) of oil are in a full dropper by looking at the label. The label 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. 

Lune Tears

Lune Tears are more concentrated versions of tinctures. They also come with a calibrated dispenser, i.e., in a syringe as opposed to a dropper. The syringe is more awkward to use as you pretty much need two hands to accurately measure the desired amount. Our recommendation is to measure the dose onto a spoon. From there, you can swallow it, or as with tinctures, place it under your tongue.

Carrier Oils

Capsules? Tinctures? Lune Tears? They all come in carrier oils. Lune’s capsules are made with coconut oil, also known as MCT oil. We make our tinctures with grapeseed oil. We use hemp oil in our Lune Tears. 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: 

  • Taste

With capsules, this isn’t an issue because you swallow the whole capsule and the oil isn’t tasted. With tinctures and Lune Tears, you will likely be able to taste the oil. Some people find hemp oil to have a bitter taste. You can disguise it by taking the product with food. Please note that oils are not water-soluble. Be aware that if you put a tincture or Lune Tear dose in a liquid, it will float on the surface.

  • Concentration

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. You will therefore need fewer drops of a Lune Tear to get the desired dose of CBD and/or THC.

You will find the number of millilitres 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

Keep all oral medicinal cannabis products 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 you keep any product refrigerated, it will last considerable longer than the date on the label.

Cost

The cost of a product depends upon the cost of the ingredients we use to make that product, as well as how much of any ingredient we use. Some products, e.g., capsules, require more labour to produce and this is reflected in their cost. 

If cost is an important consideration and you are working within a budget, 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 apples to apples, this simple calculation will at least help you level the playing field when it comes to comparing the cost of the medicinal ingredients.  

Send Us Your Questions!

Capsules? Tinctures? Tears? Hopefully, this information helps you choose the format that is best for you.

You can learn more about Lune’s high-quality cannabis products on our product page, or send us an email at support@lunewellness.ca. We’re happy to answer your questions!

The Staff at Lune Wellness 

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