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Three potent tinctures from Humboldt Apothecary redefine the term ‘Emerald Triangle’.

Tinctures are a unique option on California pharmacy shelves, as they are not subject to the same modest potency limits as other jar products. State law states that infused products such as edibles cannot contain more than 100 milligrams of THC per serving, but tinctures fall under a separate category that allows up to 1000 milligrams of the cannabinoids THC or CBD in each bottle.

Another quirk of the California cannabis law says that if you use the name of a city, state or region in your product, 100 percent of the weed must come from there. That’s no problem for Humboldt Pharmacist, which has just released a new range of Humboldt-harvested, CBD-rich tinctures designed to treat insomnia and anxiety.

These three tinctures have self-descriptive names like Rest, Relax and Uplift. Their labeling claims, “The effects of this product can be delayed for up to two hours,” but SF Evergreen found that each kicked off their desired effects in less than 20 minutes.

If you’re new to tincture, each bottle comes with a dropper lid that allows you to spray the tincture under the tongue or into a drink for easy microsing (or macrodosing, if you feel like it). It’s conveniently labeled with measurement numbers, so you can measure as close to a milliliter as you want with each drop.

Of the three, the energetic elevate formulation is the only one suitable for any kind of productivity. It’s a one-to-one ratio of CBD to THC, a relaxing daytime blend with hints of rosemary.

Relax CBD is a 3:1 mix in favor of the CBD, which causes a pleasant limp in your joints and counteracts anxiety. It’s especially fun for a skritching session with your cat or dog.

Rest has an impressive 250 milligrams of THC (and no CBD at all), and it’s recommended for drowsy sleep without the lingering marijuana hangover.

These bottles sell for about $35 to $50 (pre-tax) as they vary in strength and potency. But Humboldt Apothecary has been brewing herbal formulas for over 25 years, and they stay true to what has put Northern California on the map.

Potency: These are tinctures, so the potency is much higher than normal cannabis products. One dropper can contain up to 8 milligrams of THC or 6 milligrams of CBD, and you get 30 droppers per bottle.

Odor: A rather faint scent of essential oil, but nothing overpowering.

Taste: A bitter, buttery oil taste, but by no means artificial flavor with Humboldt Apothecary’s all-natural ingredients.

Appearance: Standard medicine dropper bottles full of golden oil and a numerical label dropper that makes dosing a breeze.

Medical Application: Slowing down, sleeping or eliminating stressful fears.

Effect: This is far more bang for your buck than most items on sale at pharmacies, and a welcome new product line for fans of this veteran tincture brand.


Available in San Francisco at the green door, Bloom room, and sava. Visit humboldt-apothecary.com for details

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