Cannabis tinctures were formerly sold in the same way as aspirin. Many individuals used a cannabis tincture instead of taking a pain pill before 1937, when it was prohibited in most states. Because they are now lawful in 24 states, patients are rediscovering cannabis tinctures as a portable, covert, and efficient approach to relieve discomfort.
The glycerin cannabis tincture is a strong concentration that many marijuana smokers appreciate. In an earlier post, we learnt how to prepare a glycerin cannabis tincture. The story was written in 2014.
As we approach the end of the year, more individuals are customizing their marijuana use to their own tastes. One of several methods for consuming marijuana that is gaining popularity is glycerin cannabis tincture.
The most common approach to consume cannabis tincture nowadays is sublingually or translingually, which is referred to as a sublingual or translingual technique. It goes through mucus membranes and has an impact in 5–10 minutes. The effect usually peaks after one hour and fades after two to three hours.
Cannabis tincture can also be administered through the mucus membranes of the vagina and the anus to achieve a powerful aphrodisiac effect. The effects are felt within 5–10 minutes, but they are far more unique than other cannabis experiences since they focus on the pelvic region.
Easily taken via the mouth, similar to a medible, glycerin cannabis tincture travels through your digestive system before being changed by the liver into THC’s main active metabolite, 11-hydroxy-THC. This transformation produces a distinct high than that provided by inhalation.
Before being absorbed into the circulation, cannabis-derived chemicals go through the liver, resulting in delayed effects that are more physical in nature and lasting longer than smoking or administering a tincture sublingually.
What Outcome To Expect From Glycerin Cannabis Tincture
The various effects of cannabis on each of us are unique, and when you’re utilizing a glycerin tincture, those particular outcomes must be heightened and managed to fit your individual demands.
We can use far less drops with my own homemade glycerin tincture formulation than commercial glycerin tinctures available at dispensaries, which recommend a maximum of 30 drops. In reality, the medication we make is considerably more powerful.
It isn’t always simple to take a few droplets since glycerin is quite thick and difficult to hold via suction in an eyedropper. We do the extraction as per my recipe, however we add glycerin to dilute the dose so that they may use a spoon rather than an eyedropper when we offer glycerin tincture to someone else.
If you’re new to tincturing, one of the most common questions is why we don’t just cut down on the number of buds used at first. We like to produce a highly concentrated tincture and then test its strength before diluting it. There’s no way to increase the strength of a weak tincture by using fewer buds and creating a powerful one.
Long-term decarboxylation, like other heat-based extracts, transforms bodily forms of cannabis components including THC and CBD in the body rather than in the mind.Because glycerin marijuana tincture is absorbed via mucus membranes that transport cannabinoids into circulation or via edible ingestion, it has a tendency toward a heavy, bodily focused high.
The high from this tincture is powerful, but it’s more uplifting than previous home-brewed batches. Even when we make a tincture with just pure sativa buds heated to 275°F rather than 300°F and extracted for only two hours rather than 12–20 hours, the tincture high is significant.
For these reasons, we think that glycerin tincture is an excellent medical marijuana therapy for reducing chronic pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, spasms, arthritis and other ailments. A drop or two of tincture puts me to sleep within 15 minutes, whether I want a calm or rousing high.
A cannabis tincture is a topical muscular relaxant and anti-inflammatory that may be applied to a certain area. It’s crucial to note, however, that topical application or transdermal transfer is far less effective than administration via the mucus membrane, inhalation, or ingestion.
What is a Cannabis Tincture?
A cannabis tincture is a liquid preparation that has been infused with cannabis leaf trim and/or whole buds and contains alcohol or food-grade glycerin. You’ll be able to consume a concentrated liquid remedy sublingually, such as tea, after removing the plant material from the booze or glycerin. If the cannabis is heated before or after soaking, THC-A in the plant will change to THC, resulting in euphoric and psychotropic effects. If the plant material is not warmed beforehand, THC won’t be activated; nevertheless, the tincture will still provide comfort for a range of issues including pain, nausea, spasms and convulsions.
Alcohol-based Cannabis Tincture
The most popular cannabis tinctures are those produced with alcohol. Although Everclear is a grain alcohol that works well, any high-proof spirit will do.
- 1 ounce of cannabis flower, trim or a combination
- 1 quart of high-proof alcohol
- Device to grind the cannabis: coffee grinder, blender or food processor
- Cookie sheet
- Quart-sized glass mason jar with tight-fitting lid (or two pint-sized glass mason jars with tight-fitting lids)
- Bowl large enough to hold alcohol and cannabis
- Mesh strainer
- Small funnel (optional)
- Dark colored glass dropper bottles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 240 degrees.
- A coffee grinder, blender, or food processor can all be used to grind your marijuana.
- To expose the THC, bake the cannabis for 20-30 minutes on a cookie sheet. Allow to cool before consuming.
- Add cannabis mixture to mason jar(s).
- Pour alcohol into mason jar(s) and stir.
- Tightly cover the jar(s) and shake before setting in a cool, dark spot.
- The longer cannabis and alcohol are combined, the more potent it becomes. The mixture should steep for at least 4 hours, but some people like to leave it for weeks or even a month to boost potency. Shaking the jar(s) at least once a day if you’re leaving it for longer than 4 hours
- When you think your tincture is strong enough, place a mesh strainer over a bowl large enough to hold the tincture. Slowly pour the alcohol and cannabis mixture through the cheesecloth-lined strainer. To extract as much liquid as possible, gather, twist, and squeeze the cheesecloth. Throw away any plant parts.
- Fill the clean mason jar(s) halfway with hot water, then place the cheesecloth-lined strainer on top and fill it halfway with boiling water. Wring the cheesecloth to get all of the liquid out.
- Store your cannabis tincture in a cool, dark place.
- Pour the tincture into dark glass dropper bottles if you like, then label and store them in a cool, dry place.
Glycerin Cannabis Tincture Recipe
We discovered that the crockpot technique over-decarboxylated cannabinoids, resulting in a tincture with mostly physical effects and a black color. We’ve modified our recipe to include more information as a result of this problem.
We tried to reduce the length of time my cannabis and glycerin were cooked in the crockpot, but because most crock pots only have a high and low temperature setting, we couldn’t adjust the amount of heat produced.
We went through a lot of trial and error, but we achieved the following production technique for producing glycerin cannabis tincture that satisfies my therapeutic needs after more than a dozen tincture-making sessions.
Ingredients And Utensils
- 1 ounce high-quality dried, cured buds
- 3-quart stainless steel saucepan
- 32 ounces food-grade glycerin
- Infrared thermometer
- Stainless steel spoon
- Mason jars
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.
- Remove a third of an ounce of dried, cured buds from their paper and place them in a 3-quart stainless steel saucepan with no rubber on the handles (it will melt). Cover the buds with 32 ounces of food-grade glycerin.
- Place the lid on the saucepan and put in your oven.
- Every 20 minutes, check the surface temperature of your mixture using an infrared thermometer to assure a consistent 300°F temperature for three hours. Before taking each temperature reading, mix the mixture with a stainless steel spoon.
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature after three hours.
- Some tincture makers use cheesecloth to extract the tincture from the buds, but you may leave the buds in the mixture because as long as the buds are covered with glycerin, they won’t mold and additional cannabis compounds will be extracted into the solution.
- Tincture may be prepared in mason jars and kept in a cool, dark place such as an unheated pantry or storage closet. Between 64 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit is best for tinctures (keep them out of direct sunlight).
Glycerin-based Cannabis Tincture
If you don’t want to use alcohol, substitute it with food-based glycerin. If you’re making a non-alcoholic version, follow the procedures above.
Non-THC Cannabis Tinctures
For individuals seeking for a non-psychoactive tincture, simply omit steps 1 and 3 (do not heat the cannabis) in the preceding procedure, and proceed with the rest of the instructions. Depending on your preference, non-THC cannabis tinctures may be prepared from either alcohol or glycerin.
The strength of your tincture is determined by the strain and quality of cannabis used to make it, as well as the length of time it steeps. If you’re unsure how many drops to start with, start with a few and increase as needed.