What is a Cannabis Tincture?
Any concentrated Marijuana extract with a base of alcohol, oil or glycerin is called a tincture. Also known as a green or golden dragon, cannabis tincture is essentially infused with alcohol. Tinctures are the most common form of smokeless medical marijuana and are great for first-time users whether using it recreationally or medically.
How to Make Cannabis Tinctures
The basics of making this golden dragon are the fusion of the taste and power of alcohol and cannabis. Using alcohol or oil bases with cannabis allows it to extract and absorb terpenes and cannabinoid present in the plant. This results in liquid THC that can be used as it is or mixed in different recipes.
As THC is the cannabinoid compound that makes its users ‘high,’ tinctures can be used recreationally or for the purpose of getting ‘high.’ If that is the intention, the drops should then undergo decarboxylation prior to a mixture to any other recipe. The bud, trimming or stem should be heated in an oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes before producing the tincture or else it will not activate the THC and will not produce a high.
The simplest and easiest way to make your own Cannabis Tincture is as follows:
- Divide and fragmentize the cannabis as best you can.
- Decarboxylate the cannabis to activate THC if necessary.
- Place the (decarboxylated) cannabis in the jar or any airtight container.
- Fill the container with the high-proof alcohol, leaving a small gap between the top of the liquid and the lid.
- Let soak for a few weeks while giving it a few shake a day.
The quantity of Cannabis you use will dictate its strength. The same goes for how long you let it soak, the longer you soak it, the more cannabinoids will be stripped by the alcohol. When done soaking, strain the liquid and dispose of the solids. Place liquid in a container of your choosing.
Which strain should I use?
Cannabis Tincture potency and effects are highly dependent on the specific strain used to make the tincture. Choosing an Indica strain will result in a tincture that helps you experience a relaxed state with a body high that can help with body pain, nausea, insomnia, and depression. Choosing a Sativa strain will have the opposite effect and will give you a high full of energy and appetite stimulation. Choosing a hybrid would combine both qualities based on the quantity.
A CBD strain can also be chosen in order to make a tincture that is solely for medicinal purpose and is not psychoactive.
Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures
These highly concentrated and potent drops of cannabis have several benefits like:
- The simplicity of its usage, it does not require any consumption equipment unlike when smoking cannabis.
- Fast acting and gets absorbed quickly
- Easy to control the dosage amount
- Long lasting and is preserved in its base
Cannabis tinctures can easily be added to food and beverages and any recipe, having its great benefits with it. The most common way of consuming cannabis tincture is by dropping the liquid under the tongue known as sublingual dosing.
Proper Storage of Cannabis Tincture
Cannabis tincture requires proper storage. Most makers use a tinted glass bottle with a dropper. The best location for cannabis tincture is in a cool and dark place in a tightly sealed container with no direct sunlight. As sunlight and oxygen degrade the potency of your tincture, it is best to store in a tinted or opaque jar.
A properly stored and sealed tincture can last a long time as its base(alcohol) acts as a preservative. Making Cannabis Tincture more popular
Cannabis Tincture is one popular way of administering medical cannabis without smoking it. It is easy to use and control dose. It can be made in bulk and if properly stored can last a few years.
Cannabis Tinctures are widely available from legal cannabis stores, but they can also be easily made. Making your own Cannabis tincture is cheaper than buying and you can choose which strain and base to use.
Cannabis tincture can be used in several ways like under the tongue, applied on the skin or used in cooking different recipes. This can be done by simply adding drops to meals. Although, it is difficult to measure the potency of cannabis tincture and your use and dosage will have to go through a trial-and-error period. Make sure to start with small doses in order to avoid overdose and slowly titrate up the dosage. A more accurate and easy way to test potency if your tincture is by purchasing a home infusion potency tester.
When using Cannabis Tincture, you can dose sublingually and expect the effects in about 15-45 minutes with a slower onset when drank. The high of a Cannabis tincture is expected to last longer than smoking or vaporizing cannabis but is shorter when it is butter or oil-based.