Giving your favorite foods a little extra kick with CBD or delta-8 is nothing new. Whether it’s brownies, cookies, smoothies, chews, or pasta sauces, there are plenty of foods to turn into edibles. While a lot of people prefer the convenience of simply buying pre-made edibles, there are plenty of others who want to try their hand in the kitchen to make their own.

When a lot of people think of edibles, however, the first thing that comes to mind is using the flower part of hemp. But now as the hemp market has grown in the United States, so too have your options for consumption. As more people get access to CBD and delta-8 tinctures, they have found to prefer using those instead.

What is a Tincture?

If you have never heard the term before, a tincture is an infused liquid used to extract and suspend chemicals. For instance, CBD and delta-8 tinctures are cannabis-infused alcohols with extracts such as cannabinoids and terpenes. Tinctures differ from traditional oils in that the alcohol used in them act as both the solvent and the ingredient whereas oils contain very minimal — if any — solvent.

While you can make your own tinctures at home, tinctures created from professional, reputable labs are precise, consistent, and convenient. It’s that precision and consistency that make these tinctures so useful in cooking and baking, giving people more control over dosing measurements. Flower, by comparison, is perfectly fine to use when making edibles but there isn’t nearly as much accuracy when trying to find the right dose.

Why Use a Tincture for Making Edibles?

In addition to precision of dosing and measurements, tinctures are much easier to use and speed up your edible-making process. For instance, if you use raw flower, you’ll have to first process it into an oil (cannabinoids need some sort of carrier like lipids in oils or butter) before adding it into food. With a tincture, you can just add it to the recipe since the CBD or delta-8 are already extracted and ready for use.

Tinctures are also often tasteless, allowing you to add them to any food without worrying about it tasting too much like cannabis. You can add a few drops during food prep — such as in brownies — or you can add a drop onto the food afterwards — like in our cookie recipe. Though using a tincture allows for much more accurate measurements, it’s important to be mindful how much you’re adding to any recipe. Tinctures are much more concentrated than raw flower and oral and sublingual ingestion have longer absorption rates than inhaling cannabinoids through vapor or smoke.

No matter if you want to try your hand at making your own edibles or prefer buying premade, M Six Labs offers plenty of high-quality CBD and delta-8 products. If you have any questions, contact us today!