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Marijuana Tincture

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A Marijuana Tincture is way of consuming medical marijuana through alcohol extraction. Marijuana Tinctures are very concentrated, so a dose may be only a few drops or a teaspoon or two. For best results it is important to use pure alcohol like Everclear, which is 95%. Vodka is good, but when it says 40%, it means the rest is water. If you are wanting to use vodka, you should use THC induced Vodka which will add to the potency. In whole-plant cannabis, THC content is expressed as THCA (tetrahydrocannabolic acid) prior to decarboxilation into THC, which takes place when cannabis is heated during cooking, and smoked or vaporized ingestion. THCA is a mild analgesic and anti-inflammatory but does not have good affinity with our CB1 receptors, so in order to make a THC-rich tincture that has many of the same therapeutic effects as smoked ingestion (including rapid absorption, quick relief and ease of self-titration), we must convert the THCA in the plant matter into THC prior to extracting it through an alcohol soak.

How to make a Marijuana Tincture

Directions:

Clean 4 ounces of stem-free leaf or 10 grams of bud in 2 quarts of warm water. Stir the leaf and water so they are well-mixed and the leaf is wet. Keeping the leaves whole makes it easier to work with. Strain out the leaves with a strainer, letting the greenish water drain into a receptacle. This step will wash out much of the green chlorophyll.

Place the wet leaf in a bowl and cover with 1 quart of 80+ proof alcohol of your choice. Stir the blend until the alcohol and leaf are well-mixed. Make sure all leaf is covered with alcohol. Put a lid on the bowl so the alcohol cannot evaporate, and let it sit for 48 hours.

Take the lid off the bowl, and let the mix sit uncovered for 12 hours, until about half the alcohol evaporates.

Stir the brew again so it is well-mixed, and pour it through a coffee filter into a receptacle. Use the coffee filter to wring out all liquid from the leaves.

Pour the alcohol through the leaves again, and wring out the liquid.

Consuming Medicine using a Marijuana Tincture

Now that you have made your marijuana tincture, its time to use it. You will have about 2 cups of marijuana tincture concentrate that is ready to use. The tincture will have 60% or more of the THC contained in the amount of leaf or bud you used. The tincture can be used in recipes in lieu of other liquids such as water, wine, etc. You can simply use a teaspoon full by mouth or you can fill an eyedropper/vial with the mixture. Either way you choose, remember that tinctures are very potent. I recommend starting with 1 teaspoon or 3 drops, waiting approx. 1 hour before deciding if you need more or not. I prefer to use my marijuana tincture just before meal time as the food will help with absorption. Store your tincture in a cool, dark place as heat and light can damage the tincture. A marijuana tincture can be very expensive at your local marijuana dispensary, therefore this recipe is perfect!

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  • buddy whitenack January 29, 2013, 12:25 pm

    I have an evapor system that i use liquid re apple juice, i wonder if it could be added to the evapor barrrel???????????

    • dizzle February 4, 2013, 1:12 pm

      i dont know enough about this to give you a good answer

  • GonzoBobH December 4, 2012, 3:42 pm

    Two things I noted: First, for decarboxilation prior to tincture, I grind and heat my bud on a cookie tray at 170 degrees for 10 minutes. Second, this washing method sounds somewhat faulty in that any crystals on the buds will be washed away with the water – not cool. I don’t have a solution for getting rid of the chlorophyll (was actually surfing the web for a solution when I came here). For now, I make some potent green dragon, but it does taste disgusting with all the chlorophyll still in it.

    good look with your adventures,

    Cheers.

  • Joe December 3, 2012, 3:27 pm

    I am a recovering Alcoholic so I would not want to use an Alcohol based Tincture.
    I believe I will look into using Glycerin as it is a non Alcoholic liquid and works well to making tinctures.
    I used to buy the tincture made from Glycerin from my collective in San Diego, California until it was closed down. I may try the one using Milk version also.
    Just got a good harvest in from 10 GDP so I have enough for my Tincture and also my Hemp Oil for my Leukemia.

  • Steve November 14, 2012, 7:25 am

    After the last step (Second wringing of coffee filter), have you ever just let the alcohol evaporate completely, thus leaving crystals? I’m just wondering if one “could” to that and just sprinkle them on food like sprinkling sugar? OR even let the alcohol evaporate until it gets kinda pasty like a real thick jam and apply it to food?

  • Herb December 2, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Here is a question about ‘efficiency.’ I cannot say exactly how much I have, but I do have five ‘buds’ of highly potent quality. By potency I mean that a miniscule amount

    (something like one little puff in a small pipe) will last me a long time! The question here is how long a tincture will last vs. smoking to receive a similar effect.

    I have Everclear and five buds. Will I receive a product that will be cost efficient with a minimal loss of those five buds. I appreciate the type of effect is different in both ways and I would like to experience something different.

    • dizzle December 2, 2011, 3:27 pm

      everyone is effected differently.. i personally like tinctures, although they do take quite a bit of buds to make. in your case with only 5 buds, i would continue smoking. if you had a large amount i would recommend a tincture..

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