Easiest Way To Make Cannabis Tincture
As more and more people discover the benefits of cannabis, veteran users are finding new ways to utilize it. One of the most popular things to do with cannabis is to turn it into a tincture, a liquid medicine made by dissolving an herb, cannabis in this case, in alcohol. Cannabis-infused tinctures are utilized for many medicinal purposes. And, many users believe it works quicker than other consumption methods.
Why Cannabis Tinctures?
As mentioned above, cannabis tinctures are gaining in popularity. The sudden increase in popularity is mainly due to the fact that tinctures offer almost immediate results. In fact, due to the tincture’s alcohol content, it is capable of entering the bloodstream almost immediately after consumption. Whether you are utilizing cannabis tinctures for pain management or anxiety relief, it is possible to receive quick relief.
Another reason why people are turning to cannabis tinctures is because they offer easy dose adjustments. Of course, it is easy to adjust the dosage of cannabis-infused oils, but some people find it easier to alter cannabis tincture doses.
The first and most difficult part of making homemade cannabis tincture is finding the right supplies. When you buy your cannabis flower, be sure to only consider high-quality. If you want to get the most out of your tincture, you will need to utilize the best form of flower. Some people utilize the entire flower for this recipe, while others prefer to utilize shake, tiny pieces broken off of large buds.
However, you should consider the fact that shake may not render the best results. Of course, it never hurts to experiment with both options to determine which one offers the best results.
- Cannabis flower (1 ounce)
- Aluminum foil
- Gallon size Ziploc bag
- Quart Mason jar
- Coffee filters
- 2 Cups ABV liquor (preferably Everclear)
- Large pan (oven-safe)
- Cheese cloth
- Eye dropper
- 1-Cup measuring cup
- Latex gloves
- Rubber bands
- Food-grade thermometer
- Oven mitt
The first step involves grinding the cannabis flower. It is crucial to grind the flower to a fine consistency to achieve the best results. This process may take several minutes, but accuracy in this case is important. Pour the fine consistency cannabis powder into the plastic Ziploc bag. Place it in the refrigerator for about an hour. The freezing process, in this case, will help retain the THC molecules, which are often lost in the solution process.
The second step involves decarboxylation process of the fine ground cannabis powder. Start by preheating the oven to 235 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour the powder into the baking pan, spread evenly and cover with aluminum foil. Be sure to seal the edges of the aluminum foil, before placing in the oven. This will help contain tearpenes and THC, as well as prevent potential burning.
The key is to monitor the temperature carefully, avoiding temperatures reaching 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the THC reaches that temperature, it will begin to boil, resulting in a weaker potency. Do not rely solely on your oven to provide you with an accurate temperature. Instead utilize a good-grade thermometer to manually check the temperature periodically throughout the decarboxylation process.
During the decarboxylation process, the THC will activate without its potency being altered.
The third step involves preparing for the extraction of cannabinoids. This is a very tedious process that will require both patience and time. Utilize an oven mitt to remove the pan from the oven after the decarboxylation process is finished. Allow the contents to cool to room temperature before moving to the next step.
The fourth step involves the freezing process. Once the contents have reached room temperature, you will need to put the cannabis in a Mason jar and then add solvent. Eyeball the solvent level, allowing it to cover the top of the cannabis. Screw the lid on tightly and place in the freezer for anywhere between one week and six months.
During this time, you will need to routinely shake the liquid to make sure the plant matter is distributed evenly. Not following through with this step will prevent the cannabinoids from distributing evenly in the alcohol solution.
The fifth step involves processing. Put on gloves before removing the cannabis liquid from the freezer. Cover the glass measuring cup with a single layer of cheesecloth and slowly begin pouring the liquid in. A funnel can be utilized to help avoid spills. Some experts recommend not squeezing the remaining liquid from the cheese cloth in the measuring cup, because it can contaminate the liquid with tiny pieces of cannabis flower.
If you do decide to utilize the excess cannabis liquid from the cheesecloth, it is crucial to wear gloves. Handling the alcohol-based tincture will risk contamination and unwanted exposure. At this point, the tincture has not been concentrated, so the effects will be much stronger than the concentrated formula.
The sixth step involves secondary filtration. Since the tincture still is still murky after the first filtration process, it will need to go through a second filtration process. Cover the second glass measuring cup (can be substituted with a pint or quart Mason jar) with two coffee filters. Slowing pour the tincture into the glass container, this will remove any remaining plant matter from the tincture.
The last step involves storage preparation. Once the second filtration process is complete, you will need to pour the tincture into a dark colored bottle or jar. The key is to prevent sun exposure, which will result in deterioration of the tincture.
When making homemade cannabis tincture for the first time, you may not receive the expected results. Just like other homemade recipes, it is okay to experiment a bit. In fact, you can alter each step of the method and quality recommendations until you achieve the desired results. Just avoid overheating to avoid burning and alteration of the THC and terpenes in the cannabis. Also, store the end product in a colored jar to prevent sunlight exposure.