having never consumed a tincture personally...only having experienced edibles and obviously smoking-i am curious as to how the digestive effects of the tincture differ from the sublingual?
Very good question
The effect varies from digestive to sublingual administration more than you'd expect, for a few reasons...Sublingually
, a tincture will provide a smooth experience that is faster to begin, but shorter-lived. Buccal absorption is very similar. Under the tongue (or in the cheek) it is absorbed by mucous membranes and delivered more directly to the blood stream, with the cannabinoids and terpenes being as they are, in their current forms. The effects should last 2 - 4 hours.
Digesting tincture allows for a deeper, longer-lasting, somewhat more powerful overall sensation.
The liver can often dictate how a medicine or chemical interacts within your body, some medicines must avoid the liver, some are required to pass through it in order to be effective at all.
Sublignual absorption, not counting what you inadvertently swallow, bypasses the first-pass metabolism effect (which is normally considered a 'good thing', because an overly-hungry liver can degrade and over metabolize your potency), but it only does so because it bypasses the liver entirely
When consuming your tincture for digestion
, and your body is not hungry or starved for nutrition, you can avoid over-metabolizing and destroying your material during the first-pass, and you can then allow your liver to instead convert a large number of your activated cannabinoids, as they are currently, into even-more powerful, more-reactive forms
including 11-hydroxy-THC, allowing the patient to benefit from the effects of both Delta-9-THC and
11-hydroxy-THC (or 11-OH-THC).
Compared to sublingual use, the effects of digestion
can take longer to begin, but the overall effects may be stronger, and the length of the experience can last for six or even up to ten hours or more in some patients (many of whom describe waking up the following day 'still medicated'