In this article, we will teach you how to make a cannabis tincture. Cannabis tinctures are a popular and effective way to consume cannabis. The repeal of antiquated marijuana prohibition laws has resulted in a recent resurgence of interest in weed tinctures by everyone from wellness-oriented cannabis users, to medical marijuana patients, to home DIY enthusiasts. In general, tinctures are made using plant leaves, bark, or fruit soaked in alcohol to yield a concentrated extract. Besides cannabis, tinctures encompass everything from iodine found in first aid kits to vanilla extracts used in baking.
A cannabis tincture is an alcohol-based extract made from cannabis and alcohol. Interestingly, marijuana tinctures were the standard form of cannabis medicine until marijuana prohibition in 1937. They are a perfect entry point into smokeless consumption for both medical and recreational consumers.
For cannabis users who do not wish to smoke, tinctures are an excellent option, as they allow drop-by-drop dosing so that one can closely manage his or her consumption. If you're new to cannabis consumption, marijuana tinctures are perfect if you aren't sure about the amount of medicine you need and you would like to experiment with different precise doses. Furthermore, tinctures are a highly discrete option for consumers who do not want their clothes or hair to smell like smoke. For example, a weed tincture is easily concealed in your pocket or purse. Tinctures also offer a healthier, low-calorie alternative when compared to other edibles, as well as longer shelf life than most other cannabis products. Additional benefits include:
Although a THC tincture can be ingested or applied topically, the most efficient administration route is sublingual. This is because glands and blood vessels under the tongue allow faster absorption into the body, and the THC can kick in much faster.
High-proof, food-grade alcohol is the best choice for a making tincture. You can also substitute the plant-based oil glycerin instead of alcohol if you wish to avoid it. However, chemically speaking, "tincture" refers to a solution whose solvent is ethanol. Consequently, a tincture made with glycerin is less potent than one made with alcohol because it is less efficient at bonding to cannabis compounds.
When infusing alcohol with THC, be sure to choose alcohol that is both high-proof and safe to consume. It is best to have higher alcohol content to dissolve cannabis resin properly. A minimum of 150 proof is ideal, but preferably 190 or 200. Avoid using alcohols with lower proofs, like vodka. Everclear is an excellent alcohol to use for making tinctures since it is safe for consumption and highly potent. Products like isopropyl alcohol are not intended to be consumed and should never be used when making a tincture—save that for cleaning your pipes!
Cannabis tincture can be made in as little as two hours. Of course, the longer the cannabis soaks, the stronger it will be. When first learning how to make a weed tincture, your first time can be intimidating. So, it's probably best to make a small batch first.
Step 1: Hand grind and decarb your flowers. For best results, use a hand grinder to avoid a powdery consistency. Next, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, bake your ground buds in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 250°F.
Step 2: Combine the decarbed flowers with the alcohol in a mason jar.
Step 3: Close the jar and shake it once a day for a few weeks.
Step 4: After soaking, strain it through a coffee filter.
Step 5: Pour the weed tincture into a dark glass bottle and store it in a cool, dark place. It's possible to keep THC tinctures for months or years.
Making a CBD tincture is easy. Simply use this same recipe with CBD flowers instead of weed, and voilà, you've got a potent CBD tincture.
When making tinctures, consistency is key. Making two batches with different potencies will result in different doses. Be sure to note the amount of alcohol and cannabis you used for each batch for effortless replication the next time. It is easy to measure your dosages after you've made the THC tincture. For easy micro-dosing, place 1 mL under your tongue. You should notice the effects within 20 minutes. To avoid feeling uncomfortably high, ramp up your dosage slowly. For example, start with 2 mL the next day, and so on, until you find the dose that suits you.
Several types of meals and drinks can be made using marijuana tinctures once you discover how to infuse alcohol with THC. Infused tincture ideas include:
With the quick wash extraction technique (QWET), you can make a Golden Dragon cannabis freezer tincture in about 15 minutes. By infusing high-proof grain alcohol with frozen cannabis flowers, this unique tincture produces a lighter flavored, less intense (but still highly potent) extract.
In the Golden Dragon QWET tincture process, freezing the cannabis flower is very important for various reasons. First, it must remain cold or as close to freezing as possible the entire time. Here are a few reasons for freezing:
Step 1: Put the decarbed flower in a mason jar alongside the alcohol inside the freezer. Allow them to freeze overnight.
Step 2: After removing both from the freezer, pour the cold alcohol over the frozen flower. Close tightly with lid.
Step 3: Gently shake the mason jar, but avoid shaking it vigorously. Refreeze for 5 minutes.
Step 4: After 5 minutes, remove the jar from the freezer, shake gently, and put it back in the freezer. Repeat this step once more for a total of three times.
Step 5: Take the tincture out of the freezer and strain it through the cheesecloth. If desired, repeat the alcohol wash process a second or third time. When finished, transfer to a dark glass bottle. Cannabis tinctures are an excellent option for those looking to consume cannabis without the drawbacks of smoking or edibles. This means more discretion on your part and fewer calories than other edibles like cookies and brownies. Plus, they're shelf-stable, so there's no need to worry about spoilage.
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