The Different Types of Cannabis Oil Products: Navigating Capsules, Tinctures, Vapes & Oral Sprays 
Guides & Advice - Jul 25, 2019

The Different Types of Cannabis Oil Products: Navigating Capsules, Tinctures, Vapes & Oral Sprays 

Cannabis oil products offer many benefits, but extracts can be confusing for many users. This guide can help you understand the breadth of cannabis oil products and their uses.

What are cannabis oil products? 

Cannabis oil is often used to describe different cannabis concentrates or extract products like oils, tinctures, vapes, oral sprays, shatters, waxes and more. A cannabis oil product is any concentrate or extract that is derived from the cannabis flower and has been processed into a refined oil. 

Types of cannabis oil used in concentrate products

There are three major types of cannabis oil to choose from:

THC oil is refined cannabis oil that is high in THC and available in a variety of products like oil capsules, tinctures, and vape products. THC oil is popular for both recreational and medical users, because it offers high potency and accurate dosage.

CBD oil is refined cannabis oil that is high in CBD and contains almost zero THC. This oil will not deliver psychoactive effects and is very popular for treating medical issues. CBD oil is commonly found in oil capsule and tincture products.

Combination oil is refined cannabis oil that contains a ratio of both CBD and THC in varying potencies. These types of products also include ‘full spectrum’ oils which, contain almost everything inside the original cannabis plant minus unwanted chlorophyll and plant matter.

Cannabis Oil 101

Here’s a general breakdown of the different ways to enjoy cannabis oil.

Oil capsules

How to consume: Orally.

Onset time: Effects can take up to two hours to kick in.

Product description: Capsules filled with refined cannabis oil of varying potencies. Available in both THC and CBD varieties.

Benefits: Discreet, convenient and consistent. Great way to ingest higher doses of THC and/or CBD. Effects are often stronger compared to inhalation or sublingual delivery methods.

Oil tinctures

How to consume: Ingested sublingually (under the tongue) or used as a food additive.

Onset time: 10-30 minutes when taken sublingually and up to two hours when ingested.

Product description: Refined cannabis oil in THC, CBD, or a combination of both, usually sold in dropper bottles. Tinctures are meant to be taken under the tongue. They can also be added to food or beverages.

Benefits: Discreet, convenient and accurate dosing. Great way to consume high doses of THC without the extended onset when ingested.

Vape pens or vape cartridges

How to consume: Inhaled.

Onset time: Almost instantaneously.

Product description: Vape pens or vape pen cartridges filled with refined cannabis oil for use in an oil vaporizer.

Benefits: Vape pens or cartridges deliver effects almost immediately and offer an experience that is like smoking without the smell or need for a lighter.

Oral sprays

How to consume: Ingested sublingually (under the tongue) or sprayed into the mouth.

Onset time: 10-30 minutes.

Product description: Refined cannabis oil in THC, CBD, or a combination of both. Designed to be sprayed under the tongue. Often available in flavoured options of varying potencies.

Benefits: Discreet, convenient and accurate dosing. Oral sprays deliver effects quickly without the need to inhale.

Shatters, waxes and budders

How to consume: Inhaled.

Onset time: Like smoking cannabis, the effects will be felt almost instantly.

Product description: These cannabis oil concentrates come in a variety of consistencies. They are generally consumed in a ‘dab rig’, although they can also be mixed into dry flower prior to smoking. These products offer a similar experience to smoking dry flower, but with increased psychoactive effects, less combustion and elevated flavour profiles.

Benefits: These concentrates are some of the most potent products available for inhalation. Shatters, waxes and budders are usually vaporized to deliver instant effects.

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