For when you don’t have the time to make a full batch of edibles, or even if you just want a quick way to get your daily dosage. Cannabis tincture is a simple and potent way to ingest cannabis. Although it does contain alcohol you will not be taking enough for it to have any effect on you.
What is cannabis tincture?
Cannabis tincture, or otherwise known as green dragon is essentially just infused alcohol. The cannabinoids in your cannabis are able to effectively dissolve into the alcohol you use making it an effective way to get the medicine you need.
Although it may seem like a tincture is too much for you to handle, it is actually a great starter point for medical and recreational users thanks to the ability to control your intake.
What are the benefits of a tincture?
First of all, tinctures have a very long shelf life. When stored in a cool and dark place they are able to stay good for years to come. Thanks to the long shelf life you are able to make large quantities all at once and benefit from it for as long as you need to.
Another benefit is the ability to control dosages. You can start with just 1 ml of tincture and work your way up to the affects you are wanting, being sure to keep in mind that it takes about 15-45 minutes to take effect.
Lastly you can even use the tincture to make some great edibles. I will be sure to include a great list of recipes as they become available.
Do you need to decarboxylate?
Making cannabis tincture can dissolve the cannabinoids into the alcohol without heat of any kind, but in order for the recipe to actually be psychoactive then you will need to go through the process of decarboxylation beforehand, this process will make sure that the cannabinoids that you dissolve into the alcohol are the correct ones that have been activated.
For more information on how to go this process I have a great article that will tell you everything you need to know right here!
How do you make it?
Making cannabis tincture is a very simple and hands off process that requires very little effort, but the recipe does take quite a bit more time then things such as butter and oil. When making cannabis tincture there 1 popular and old method of doing it.
The old fashioned long steep method produces very potent results, but it does take a very long time to make (between 2 weeks – 1 year). There are other methods that can be found around the internet that can produce results in less time but none come to be near as potent as the old-fashioned method. Below you can find the recipes for how to produce the tincture using the long steep method.
Long Steep Method
Although longer this is the better and my preferred method of making cannabis tincture!
- First you should fill a quart jar with 1 ounce of grinded and decarboxylated cannabis.
- Next you need to fill the jar up, leaving about 1 inch of space, with a strong alcohol such as everclear (my preferred way), vodka, or even moonshine.
- Cover with a lid and store in a dark and cool place (such as a freezer).
- Wait as long as needed while making sure to shake twice every day until it is the potency that you want it to be.