A Marijuana Tincture is way of consuming medical marijuana through alcohol extraction. Marijuana Tinctures are very concentrated, so a dose may be only a few drops or a teaspoon or two. For best results it is important to use pure alcohol like Everclear, which is 95%. Vodka is good, but when it says 40%, it means the rest is water. If you are wanting to use vodka, you should use THC induced Vodka which will add to the potency. In whole-plant cannabis, THC content is expressed as THCA (tetrahydrocannabolic acid) prior to decarboxilation into THC, which takes place when cannabis is heated during cooking, and smoked or vaporized ingestion. THCA is a mild analgesic and anti-inflammatory but does not have good affinity with our CB1 receptors, so in order to make a THC-rich tincture that has many of the same therapeutic effects as smoked ingestion (including rapid absorption, quick relief and ease of self-titration), we must convert the THCA in the plant matter into THC prior to extracting it through an alcohol soak.
How to make a Marijuana Tincture
Clean 4 ounces of stem-free leaf or 10 grams of bud in 2 quarts of warm water. Stir the leaf and water so they are well-mixed and the leaf is wet. Keeping the leaves whole makes it easier to work with. Strain out the leaves with a strainer, letting the greenish water drain into a receptacle. This step will wash out much of the green chlorophyll.
Place the wet leaf in a bowl and cover with 1 quart of 80+ proof alcohol of your choice. Stir the blend until the alcohol and leaf are well-mixed. Make sure all leaf is covered with alcohol. Put a lid on the bowl so the alcohol cannot evaporate, and let it sit for 48 hours.
Take the lid off the bowl, and let the mix sit uncovered for 12 hours, until about half the alcohol evaporates.
Stir the brew again so it is well-mixed, and pour it through a coffee filter into a receptacle. Use the coffee filter to wring out all liquid from the leaves.
Pour the alcohol through the leaves again, and wring out the liquid.
Consuming Medicine using a Marijuana Tincture
Now that you have made your marijuana tincture, its time to use it. You will have about 2 cups of marijuana tincture concentrate that is ready to use. The tincture will have 60% or more of the THC contained in the amount of leaf or bud you used. The tincture can be used in recipes in lieu of other liquids such as water, wine, etc. You can simply use a teaspoon full by mouth or you can fill an eyedropper/vial with the mixture. Either way you choose, remember that tinctures are very potent. I recommend starting with 1 teaspoon or 3 drops, waiting approx. 1 hour before deciding if you need more or not. I prefer to use my marijuana tincture just before meal time as the food will help with absorption. Store your tincture in a cool, dark place as heat and light can damage the tincture. A marijuana tincture can be very expensive at your local marijuana dispensary, therefore this recipe is perfect!
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