The Ultimate Guide to Cannabis Tinctures
Are you looking to medicate with cannabis but want to stay away from smoking it? In this post, we’re going to take an in-depth look at a very underrated type of marijuana medicine: cannabis tinctures.
Tinctures are a concentrated, potent form of cannabis extract. Unlike smoking or vaping, they are very discreet, and are very fast acting when compared to other smokeless forms of consumption, such as edibles.
For a full breakdown of what tinctures are, how they work, and a some simple recipes for making them yourself, read on. Also, remember to sign up to GreenRush today and use the promo code at the bottom of this post to receive $20 off your first FOUR cannabis delivery orders.
What Are Cannabis Tinctures?
In essence, cannabis tinctures are a form of liquid cannabis extract, most commonly cheap nfl jerseys based on alcohol, although they can also be made with other solvents (such as glycerin). They offer a simple, reliable way of medicating for patients looking to move away from more traditional ways of enjoying cannabis, such as smoking.
While they’re not really in the spotlight nowadays, marijuana tinctures were the main form of medical cannabis available prior to prohibition in 1937.
Tinctures are most commonly made using isopropyl alcohol or ethanol as a solvent to extract the key compounds from the plant.
Plant material (such as flowers and trim) is usually soaked in the alcohol for a certain period of time, filtered, and sometimes heated in order to speed up the extraction or remove some of the alcohol.
How to Use Them and Dosage
Dosing with tinctures is quite simple. The general rule of thumb is to consume 1ml of tincture, wait to feel its effects, and then increase the dosage if necessary.
There are two ways of consuming cannabis tinctures:
Sublingual administration is when medicine is placed under the tongue and absorbed into the body. This is a popular way of taking cannabis tinctures as well as other medications because it ensures a fast onset of the desired effects.
When medicine is ingested, it has to pass through the entire gastrointestinal tract (the stomach, intestines, and liver) in order to be absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed through the body. This is why edibles can take up to 2 hours to take effect.
By administering cannabis tinctures under the tongue, they are absorbed into the bloodstream almost immediately. Any medication taken sublingually also tends to be more potent than when it is ingested.
“When a medicine is placed under your tongue, it diffuses through the mucous membranes beneath your tongue. And because of the plethora of capillaries there, the medicine has a fairly direct route into your bloodstream,” writes Thomas P Connelly, a NYC Cosmetic Dentist, in the Huffington Post.
When administered sublingually, the effects of a cannabis tincture will usually kick in in about 15 minutes.
Cannabis tinctures can also be swallowed or added into food recipes and ingested. When ingested, the effects of tinctures take much longer to set in, and are usually less potent.
Just like when taking edibles, it can take up to 1-2 hours to feel the effects of an ingested tincture. When medicating this way, it’s best to follow the 1ml-rule we explained above and waiting at least 1 hour before increasing your dose.
The Benefits of Cannabis Tinctures
Although they are not an extremely popular form of medicating, cannabis tinctures come with a variety of benefits. Here are a few reasons you should consider them a valuable part of your medicine cabinet:
Tinctures are a smokeless way of consuming cannabis. Smoking marijuana has come under scrutiny due to the health risks associated with the inhalation of smoke from charred plant matter.
Numerous studies have found that inhaling cannabis smoke from a joint, blunt, bong, pipe, or dab rig can cause respiratory problems much like smoking tobacco.
In fact, a 2008 study found that marijuana smoke contains many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke. The study also found that marijuana smoke contains higher concentrations of some harmful compounds, such as ammonia (up to 20 times more than tobacco) and hydrogen cyanide (up to 5 times more).
A 1988 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine also found that smoking cannabis was related to a 5 fold increase in blood carboxyhemoglobin levels, and showed that cannabis smoke contained up to 3 times more tar than tobacco smoke.
Tinctures allow you to avoid the health risks associated with smoking cannabis while still enjoying it’s medicinal benefits.
They’re low in calories
Another popular smokeless form of enjoying cannabis is through edibles. As we saw above, cannabis tinctures can be ingested exactly the same way, but offer a low calorie alternative to your average brownies, candies, chocolates, or even home made meals.
For example, the average brownie contains roughly 112 calories. A cannabis tincture made with 190-proof alcohol, on the other hand, usually clocks in at around 7 calories per 1ml.
Hence, any decent cannabis tincture will allow you to medicate various times throughout the day while consuming noticeable less calories than you would with edibles.
Other benefits of cannabis tinctures:
- They’re discreet: Unlike smoking or vaping, you don’t need to find a secluded, private spot, or worry about smelling like fresh kush when medicating with tinctures. Simply keep a bottle and dropper in your bag, pop a drop under your tongue, and you’re done.
- They’re fast acting: As we saw above, the effects of cannabis tinctures can kick in in roughly 15 minutes. This also makes it extremely easy to adjust your dosage, unlike some edibles.
How to Make Them At Home
While cannabis tinctures can be bought online through a variety of GreenRush dispensaries, they’re also quite simple to make at home with very little equipment.
Here are two simple recipes to create high-quality, reliable cannabis tinctures for yourself. Remember, you can use any strain to make a tincture, so be sure to work with something that carries the specific medicinal benefits you’re looking for.
Note 1: For maximum results, always use decarboxylated cannabis. To decarboxylate cannabis at home, finely grind your flower/trim, spread it evenly over a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake it for 30-45 minutes at 220-235° F.
Note 2: All of the recipes below use alcohol. For best results, we suggest using a 190-proof product such as Everclear. You can substitute the alcohol for glycerin for all the below recipes.
How to Make Cannabis Tinctures: Method #1
Check out the above video for a more in-depth rundown of this recipe by Cannabis Lifestyle TV.
- 2 Mason jars.
- Cannabis trim or flower.
- Alcohol or glycerin.
- Cheese cloth.
- Butter knife (optional).
- Fill a mason jar with your cannabis flower/trim. Make sure you pack it as tightly as possible.
- Fill the jar with alcohol or glycerin. It will take some time for the liquid to seep down into the jar, so be patient. You can use a butter knife and gently push the flower to one side of the jar in order to speed up this process. Make sure your flower/trim is completely covered with alcohol or glycerin before moving on to the next step.
- Close the jar and let it sit for approximately 60 days, shaking it briefly once a day.
- After 60 days, it’s time to filter your tincture. Place the funnel inside an empty mason jar and line it with multiple pieces of cheese cloth. Pour your mixture into the funnel, wrap it tightly with the cheese cloth, and squeeze as much liquid out of it as possible.
- Put a lid on your filtered tincture and store it in the fridge.
How to Make Cannabis Tinctures: Method #2
This method was first published on cannabis.com in 2006. This summarized version was inspired by Leafly. For this recipe, you do not need to decarboxylate your cannabis beforehand. Check out the video above by Herb for an alternative spin on this method.
- 2 mason jars.
- Cannabis trim/flower.
- Alcohol or glycerin.
- Cheese cloth.
- Electric stove. Do not use gas.
- Fill a mason jar with your cannabis flower/trim, making sure to pack it as tightly as possible.
- Fill the jar with alcohol or glycerin as per the previous recipe. Again, make sure your flower/trim is completely covered in liquid.
- Place the filled jar in a saucepan and add water to cover roughly half of the jar.
- Simmer for 20 minutes at 170° F.
- Remove the jar from the water bath (be careful not to burn yourself) and strain the mixture into the second mason jar as in step 4 of the previous recipe.
- Place the lid on your tincture and store it in the refrigerator.
Where To Buy Tinctures:
Tinctures are available at a variety of GreenRush dispensaries, including:
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