Taking cannabis tincture isn’t for everyone, but it is a novel way to get your dose without smoking or vaping. Additionally, you may find that it’s easier to keep your high moderate and even with tincture compared to edibles. Because you take it more like medicine, you’re more likely to take it ‘correctly’.
Today we’re here with some facts about taking cannabis tincture and a nice workable recipe from Wakeandbake.co! Go show them some love and check out their great content.
taking cannabis tincture: benefits
While weed tinctures aren’t as social as other ways to take your maryjane, they have a cluster of advantages that make it an awesome option for people who can’t handle most edibles, want to take cannabis discreetly, or want to avoid smoking.
Tinctures are tactful, simple to make, won’t skunk up your kitchen, and are awesome for making things like cannabis infused cocktails. Additionally, they provide a much smoother ride than most brownies or cookies.
taking cannabis tincture: more about tinctures
Tinctures are a historical way to take medicinal plants in which the active plant compounds are extracted and preserved in alcohol. They’re handy because the alcohol helps fast uptake which not only delivers more immediate relief, but also makes it easier to dose. You should feel the effects of your tincture in 15-20 minutes after taking it.
Since we’ve all been there when an hour after eating a brownie we realize we’re scary high, this is a major benefit for many!
Additionally, the alcohol can keep your tincture fresh for years so it’s a great preservation medium.
It is possible to use vegetable glycerin instead of alcohol to make your tincture if you’re in recovery or just don’t want to ingest alcohol.
If you want to use a CBD dominant strain to make your tincture you can absolutely do that and won’t experience psychoactive effects. It may be a bit trickier to figure out dosage that way, however.
taking cannabis tincture: the recipe
The mechanics of making a cannabis tincture are relatively simple. For the strongest tincture possible, a process called decarboxylation is a helpful first step. Wakeandbake.co goes deep on this topic, but this process boils down to using heat to change the chemical composition of cannabis to activate more THC.
What you’ll need to make a cannabis tincture:
- a jar (mason or similar)
- 1 oz of decarboxylated cannabis
- Booze or vegetable glycerin.
Surprised at how easy it sounds so far? This really is an overlooked way to take cannabis!
At this point, you can simply put the cannabis in the jar and pour vodka, brandy, or another strong alcohol (or VG) over it, and steep away. Over time the alcohol or VG will leech out the cannabinoids from the marijuana. How long you leave your tincture to steep is up to you, but it should be at least two weeks.
Strain and bottle it up when you’re satisfied with the potency.
You can speed up this process by putting the jar into a crockpot filled with water on a low setting. You have to check it often and may need to release some pressure in the jar by opening it from time to time. Be careful trying to do this on the stove since alcohol is flammable and it can be dangerous! Low and slow is the rule here.
taking cannabis tincture: saddle up that green dragon
Cannabis tincture, sometimes referred to as green dragon, is an old fashioned way to take the plant but with modern sensibilities. Give it a try and you may end up adding it to your routine!