Can a tincture offer stress relief vs alcohol?

"After a long stressful day at work, then a workout at the gym, I like to come home and have a beer or a glass of wine to take the edge off. Instead of doing that, is there a suggested tincture to help w/ relief? If so, what ratio is recommended?"

Hi there, The short answer to your Q is that yes, cannabis can help reduce stress and promote relaxation, and what research there is that's available now calls out cannabis as a safer alternative than alcohol. See our article linked below. Re: what ratio of a sublingual tincture to consume--that really depends. Every person has a unique biochemistry and endocannabinoid system so what works for one person won't necessarily work for another. Experimenting with various ratios is part and parcel of figuring out what works best for you. For example, I have a few sublingual tinctures I use for different reasons--a high CBD one (18:1) as a daily preventative for migraines, a 1:1 CBD:THC when I'm having migraine attacks (which I use in conjunction w/ a 1:2 vape pen) and a 3:1 CBD:THC tincture I use from time to time. In terms of relaxation, I find a 2.5 mg Kiva petra mint at night to be helpful. Whatever you decide, you'll want to start low and go slow, especially if your tincture is a THC dominant product.


Alcohol can have "stress relieving" effects, but those effects come at a well known cost. Cannabis has a much better toxicity profile, essentially none (although taking too much can be temporarily unpleasant), and can reliably produce stress relieving effects. I highly recommend learning to use it that way as an alternative to alcohol. The cannabinoid ratio is clearly important in producing the character of the effects, but other important bioactive compounds, like essential oils, also contribute. This is sometimes termed the "entourage effect," and may explain why some people find whole plant preparations superior to extracts. Balancing THC with CBD is very important to prevent overstimulation, but beyond that advice it is very much a matter of cautious experimentation to find a preparation that suits the individual. And it is useful to remember that combining cannabis and alcohol can produce additive sedation or other undesirable effects, so should be avoided or done with extra caution.