You might not realize it, but terpenes and tinctures are a match made in heaven. Learn why and get a peek at our list of terpenes best for tinctures!
Tinctures have been around for thousands of years, but they’ve recently undergone a serious glow-up. That’s because terpene science allows us to manufacture tinctures with more specific, powerful effects and even better flavor and aroma.
Read on and learn why YOUR tinctures need terpenes plus get a sneak peek at our list of terpene best for tinctures.
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List of Terpenes Best for Tinctures
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- Humans have been making tinctures almost as long as we’ve had the alcohol to extract them with. So, when we say tinctures have been around for a while, that’s putting it lightly.
- The simplest way to make a tincture is to soak plant matter in alcohol for a certain amount of time. The alcohol will extract active substances from the plant matter, and after it’s been filtered, it’s used for various purposes.
- While it’s hardly new, cannabis tinctures (and non-psychoactive tinctures like CBD) have become more and more popular over the last several years.
- While the majority of alcohol extraction processes are gentle enough to leave behind some of the original terpene content, it can’t save all of it. Considering the beneficial properties of terpenes, tinctures will lose some of their effectiveness when they also lose terpenes. That’s why infusing tinctures with terpenes is so important!
- For calming tinctures that relax the mind, GDP terpenes are the way to go. Tinctures infused with GDP will promote uplifting, mood-elevating effects that consumers will love.
- We’re big fans of Northern Lights terpenes for tinctures designed to promote a restful night’s sleep. Consumers looking to relax muscles and fall into a dreamy euphoria before bed will be thoroughly pleased.
- For something a bit more energizing, Mimosa will have your customers requesting bottomless tinctures (much like the beverage this was named for). Tinctures infused with these terpenes will provide a clear-headed lift, laser-like focus, and a pleasant body buzz.
- If your customers need a coffee-like kick of focus, however, then Blueberry Cookies is just the thing. The high amount of Alpha-Pinene in this blend promotes alertness and creativity, making it perfect for getting shit done.
- If you’re trying to optimize your tinctures for maximum effectiveness, you’ll definitely want to use our AI Terp Effect formulas. With Budboard’s proprietary machine learning R&D software and our state-of-the-art research and manufacturing capabilities, we’ve created blends that deliver the EXACT effects your tinctures need.
What is a Tincture?
When we say tinctures have been around for a while, that’s putting it lightly. Once humans began using alcohol, it wasn’t long before they started using it to play mad scientist with various plants and herbs. What’s even more impressive is that their early efforts led to extremely popular folk remedies for all sorts of ailments.
While there are several different methods, the simplest way to make a tincture is to soak plant matter. This could be bark, berries, dried or fresh leaves, roots, or pretty much any part of a plant that has compounds you want to extract. The plant matter is then soaked in alcohol for a certain amount of time. The alcohol will extract active substances from the plant matter, and after it’s been filtered it’s used for various purposes.
Ayurvedic and various homeopathic practices use still use tinctures today for many reasons. Chamomile tinctures are often used to soothe and reduce anxiety, valerian tinctures have been used for centuries as a sleep aid, and ginkgo tinctures are popular for their mental stimulant properties. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
While it’s hardly new, cannabis tinctures have become more and more popular over the last several years as well. Before the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, patients prescribed cannabis by a doctor were often given cannabis tinctures. Once the additional taxes went into place, doctors were less likely to prescribe them because of the additional costs. Then the whole War on Drugs thing happened (boo!). Today, however, consumers are rediscovering this product and its popularity is growing every day.
List of Terpenes Best for Tinctures
One of the best parts about botanical terpenes is that they can be used for both cannabis and non-cannabis products. Terpenes won’t get you high, so consumers who aren’t trying to get lit don’t have to worry about any psychoactive effects. Plus, when you use high-quality terpenes that have been expertly extracted, you’ll be strengthening your tincture’s effects, giving it great flavor and aroma, and products like Tec Temper mean you don’t have to worry about altering the final consistency of your tincture.
But why should you ADD terpenes to your tinctures? Good question!
While the majority of alcohol extraction processes are gentle enough to leave behind some of the original terpene content, it can’t save all of it. That’s because terpenes are volatile. Things like heat, light, and even rough handling can damage or destroy terpenes, leaving you with less flavor, aroma, and less powerful effects. If you’re making a cannabis tincture, that could even mean a less powerful Entourage Effect.
Considering the many beneficial properties of terpenes, both cannabis, hemp, and non-cannabis products will lose some of their effectiveness with the loss of terpenes. So, if you want your tinctures to WORK (and smell and taste good), adding high-quality terpenes is the way to go. In fact, here are a few of our favorite terpenes for different kinds of tinctures.
GDP for Calming Tinctures
If you’re manufacturing a tincture designed to soothe anxiety and increase calm, you’ll definitely want to check out GDP. A hefty dose of D-Limonene gives this blend uplifting, mood-elevating effects, while isolates like Myrcene and Beta-Caryophyllene relax your body and mind.
With the flavor of juicy Concord grapes, in-your-face fuel, and notes of wood, this terpene blend is surprisingly sweet and complex. Non-psychoactive tinctures can expect these terpenes to promote a relaxed, elevated attitude. Cannabis tinctures, on the other hand, will pack more of a punch. Some lovers of this blend say it helps them unwind before bed, but if you’re really looking for a tincture to put you to sleep…
Northern Lights for Restful Tinctures
While there are LOTS of terpenes for sleep, we’re big fans of Northern Lights. The high amount of Terpinolene in this blend naturally infuses it with potent sedative properties. It’s pungently sweet, slightly spicy, and is recommended for evening use.
If you imagine relaxing in front of a toasty fireplace while watching the actual northern lights from your window, that’s what this terpene blend feels like. Consumers looking to relax muscles and fall into a dreamy euphoria before bed will be thoroughly pleased with a Northern Lights-infused tincture.
Mimosa for Energizing Tinctures
Consumers who want energy without caffeine jitters will fall in love with a Mimosa-infused tincture. There’s a very good reason the strain this blend is inspired by was named after the brunch classic beverage. Its flavor and aroma are bright and sunny, reminiscent of tropical citrus fruits like oranges and lemons with subtle earthy, sour flavors.
The effects of this blend are euphoric, uplifting, and perfectly energetic. Tinctures infused with Mimosa terpenes will provide a clear-headed lift, laser-like focus, and a pleasant body buzz. However, for some serious focus-boosting terps…
Blueberry Cookies for Focus-Enhancing Tinctures
You’re going to want a tincture infused with Blueberry Cookies terpenes for your next presentation at work, exam, or even just for crushing that long to-do list. That’s because this blend comes with some serious cerebral stimulation. The high amount of Alpha-Pinene in this blend promotes alertness and creativity, making it perfect for getting shit done.
It doesn’t hurt that it also tastes like dessert. Notes of nuts, mint, and blueberries give these terpenes an aroma and flavor that will make any tincture more enjoyable.
Get Technical for Tinctures with Maximum Effectiveness
If you’re trying to optimize your tinctures for the highest effectiveness possible, then you’ll definitely want to check out our AI Terp Effect formulas. We’ve partnered with Dr. Avery Gilbert and The Effects Lab by Budboard to create terpene blends specially formulated to deliver specific effects based on over one million data points.
Essentially, with Budboard’s proprietary machine learning R&D software and our state-of-the-art research and manufacturing capabilities, we’ve created blends that deliver the EXACT effects your tinctures need. From Peaceful and Inspired to Focused and Relaxed, if you’re consumers are looking for a specific experience, AI Terp Effects can deliver.
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