Cannabis medicine is an extremely personal and versatile medicine that can be tailored specifically to your body and your needs! If you are new to the Medical Cannabis world, you have most likely been advised to 'start low and go slow' in terms of finding your dosage “sweet spot”. One of the best ways to achieve this is through the use of sublingual/oral tinctures because you can effectively micro dose upwards. It takes time to figure out what works best for you, but once you do, you can get very creative. If you are looking for new ways to medicate, creating a tincture may be just the way to go!
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein
Tinctures were the most commonly utilized medicinal method of administration prior to the Prohibition Movement in the 1930’s. By definition, tinctures are an alcohol-based cannabis product that professionals advise to be consumed by holding the liquid under the tongue or by swallowing it (Read more about sublingual administration and other methods here) .
Tinctures are traditionally created by soaking the cannabis product in alcohol (like Everclear), allowing a process of extraction and infusion to take place. In doing so, the cannabinoids and terpenes are pulled out of the plant product and integrated into the alcohol solution. This DIY product has traditionally been referred to as the Green or Golden Dragon.
Some report an uncomfortable burning sensation when consuming alcohol tinctures sublingually. A simple solution to this is by swallowing the tincture either by itself or mixing it in another solution (ice water, soda, tea, etc.). Patients have also reported success with mixing the tincture in a little bit of water and placing it beneath their tongue. Swallowing the tincture will create delayed effects while sublingual use will cause faster onset of effects.
Decarboxylate your flower. (Directions on how to decarboxylate cannabis HERE)
Mix your decarboxylated flower in a jar with a high-proof alcohol (example: Everclear) and close the jar.
Let your mixture sit for a few weeks. Shaking it a little each day.
Once this time has passed, use a coffee filter to strain out the plant material. What is strained out is your custom tincture!
**Please start with a small, measured dose of you new tincture to test the potency!
“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou
GETTING CRAFTY: TAILORING YOUR MEDICINE TO YOUR NEEDS
Don’t be afraid to get creative! If you have had the opportunity to purchase different strains of cannabis--whether they were Sativas like Sour Diesel, Hybrids like Chem de la Chem, or Indicas such as Northern Lights--you already have the tools to create a unique tincture!
Mixing two hybrids such as Sinderella and Purple Pineapple Kush, for example, allows for the creation of a Purple Sinderella tincture. Synthetization of tinctures is a great way to get creative with your medicine, while accommodating your medical needs (pain, insomnia, stress etc.).
Keep in mind that the % of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids and terpenes will depend upon the type of flower you choose to use. Keep the labels that come on your cannabis medicine to be able to better predict the effects of your tincture. If you want more precision, there are many cannabinoid test kits available online that will allow you to accurately label your tincture in terms of mg/mL.
For Nighttime Relaxation:
Northern Lights x Snow Ball = Northern Snow Tincture
For Day Time Energy:
Sour Diesel x Durban Poison = Sour Poison Tincture
For Balancing Hybrid Effects:
Golden Strawberry x Saw Tooth = Golden Tooth Tincture
For CBD-loving Patients:
ACDC x Shark Shock = Rock Shock
StoragE. It is recommended that you load your tincture into a dark bottle and store it in a cool, dark place to prevent degradation of the medicinal compounds. Your tincture may last for several years depending upon environmental conditions.
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Leaf Science. (2017, February 9). Cannabis Tinctures: Uses, Effects, and Recipes. Retrieved from https://www.leafscience.com/2017/02/09/cannabis-tinctures-uses-effects-recipes/