History of Medicine Box Tinctures: When, Where, Why
The practice of using herbal tinctures to strengthen the body’s immune system and to treat numerous ailments goes back for centuries, and to this day is the primary source of medicine for many countries.
A fascinating and magical aspect of how plants and herbs grow is that when there is a plant that can cause a potentially harmful reaction, the antidote is likely growing very close by! For instance, where poison ivy grows so does its antidote, jewelweed. The jewelweed stem should be crushed and the liquid rubbed into the skin of the affected area. This is just one of thousands of examples of nature’s intentionality of just where things grow; there are no mistakes.
In the process of creating our cannabis tinctures, we have had the great opportunity to dive into the wonderful world of botanicals. Twisting and turning along the path of optimal health and performance, absorbing all the incredible knowledge that exists on how to receive maximum benefits from a given plant.
Our tribe at Medicine Box is an eclectic crew of people including (but not limited to), growers, scientists, entrepreneurs, bakers, body workers, doctors, lawyers, videographers, etc. The common thread that brings us together is our love of plants (Mama Mary-Jane in particular), the drive to be the change we wish to see in the world, and the humbleness of choosing to live our lives as students of divine elements. We are constantly adapting and applying information and techniques as we learn, refining our practice with the medicine so that we provide a trusted platform for herbal medicine, innovation, and information. Because these are the elements that we hold in the highest regard and we strive for transparency, we want to share what goes on behind the scenes when we make our herbal tinctures and how to optimize their benefits.
For our first batch of our medical cannabis tinctures, we used a two-step cannabinoid extraction process: supercritical CO2 and alcohol. For three out of five of our five blends, we used a mixed Sativa/Indica blend, and the dosage was lower than we had intended. This time around we are increasing the dose on all five tinctures, with the intention of having the Movement Medicine and Equanimity at 300 mg per 30 ml, and our Happy Belly, Vital Restoration, and Sensual Healing at 200 mg per 30 ml.
As mentioned above, receiving the most medicinal benefits out of our products is a top priority for us, so we’ve also chosen to use fractionated coconut oil instead of alcohol for batch number two. The herbs and extract will begin soaking this evening, in alignment with the new moon. As the moon the grows stronger, so does the herbal brew.
Why Fractionated Coconut Oil?
Otherwise known as MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) oil. There is a lot of buzz around this currently, and for good reasons. With the Bulletproof lifestyle and diet gaining traction, many people are choosing to increase their healthy fats with this nutrient-rich oil by putting it in their coffee, tea, salad dressings, drinks, and more.
Why use MCT oil as a carrier for concentrated cannabis tinctures you ask? It stimulates repair on a cellular level. Since these fats are easily digested and turned into sustained energy, the body is supported in maintaining optimal well being and healing. The dense nutrients and fats are quickly transported to the bloodstream, allowing the body to integrate the medicine quickly and fully. Having a tablespoon a day of MCT oil alone does a lot of good for the body, and now you can have that medicinal dose infused with cannabis! Part of our mission at Medicine Box is to use creative and innovative methods of application, this is one of many ways we display the alignment with our mission statement.
When is the best time to take each variety?
“When it comes to using herbs to optimize health, it is best to use on a semi-regular basis, instead of the reactive approach that is more common in American healthcare.” -Upton (Herbalist)
To follow alignment with the above quote, to receive maximum benefits, taking the herbal tonic regularly will allow your body to develop and strong relationship with the associated herbs. Since each tincture addresses a different pattern, there are a few pointers I can give on when to use each.
Movement Medicine communicates with the musculoskeletal system, therefore before and after activity is best. Since there is predominantly active THC as far as cannabinoids, your personal discernment would tell you whether you wanted to be altered (from the psychoactive elements of THC,) during your personal form of movement. I take this tincture before a hike or after a long day of yoga. This is one of our higher dosage blends, due to its pain relieving properties.
Equanimity is our second blend with a higher overall dose of cannabinoids. This is a great blend for the end of the day, a few hours before sleep. This is also the blend I take if I am feeling rather anxious, because of it’s calming properties. Think of it as the nightcap.
Happy Belly’s primary support is aimed at the digestive tract. To receive maximum benefits from this digestive aid, taking 1 hour before a meal and/or 1 after. Taking half a dose before food and a half after would be a great balance of the two.
Vital Restoration has a lighter dose, making it a great morning or midday medicine. This has immune building properties, so it would be an excellent ally in allergy and cold seasons. To gear towards prevention rather than treatment, taking this tonic even when you’re not feeling immunocompromised will offer great support to your body staying healthy and balance.
Sensual Healing is speaking to the hormonal system in the body, with the intention of balancing all the spectrums, including libido. We highlight this aspect because we feel it is a topic that is not spoken of enough. This is a fairly common occurrence, especially in women after pregnancy or through menopause. This can also be used at any point of the day due to it’s lighter dose, I personally take mine in the evening, to support my system finding balance at the end of the day. As someone who has had thyroid flare-ups, I know about the lack of libido when your system is out of wack, so I take this one daily to continue to support my system.
All blends can be taken with or without food. There is limited breakdown of nutrients and cannabinoids when using fractionated coconut oil as the base, so the “high” will hit you faster. If you feel more comfortable in a high state after a meal, then take it like that. I invite you to listen to your body when taking these and develop a relationship with 1 or 2 of the blends at a time, inviting the others slowly into the system.
We hope a little insight into the process was helpful for our patients and consumers to have a clear grasp of this medicine. If there are any further inquiries about this herbal tonics, please message us. We are super excited to get batch two rolling and look forward to sharing the final product when it’s complete.
This information is not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure. We are simply sharing our best knowledge, in hopes of stimulating curiosity and love of the plant and guiding our patients to the best of our ability.
Nature Medicine: Upton
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