What is a Tincture?
What exactly are cannabis tinctures? One of the friendliest (and most convenient) places to start your journey into cannabis for wellness is through a tincture. Tinctures consist of any sort of herb concentrated into a base. The most common base for infusion include alcohol, oil and sometimes water. Alcohol is typically used to completely extract THC and CBD to get the most of its medicinal properties.
The ever-growing market of cannabis consumption has been centered around smoking methods but there has been a growing interest in more discreet and easy to consume alternatives. Enter cannabis tinctures. These infused herbal remedies have made a more notorious presence in dispensaries over the past few years.
Tinctures have been used in medicine long before medicinal cannabis was an option. The first form of medicinal cannabis was first presented to the United States as a tincture which has since remained.
Whether you are new to incorporating cannabis into your lifestyle or have previous experience, tinctures are one of the best ways to receive the full benefits of cannabis. Tinctures uphold the countless terpenes and cannabinoid properties that cannabis has to offer. Tinctures are also a great option to control dosage amounts.
Most cannabis tinctures are made using medical strains, meaning that high-CBD flower is the preferred option for making a tincture that works! If you’re looking to start making your own tincture, we recommend using Canna Comforts Raw Hemp Flower to start.
How Do I Consume it?
Consuming tincture-based cannabis is rather simple since it usually comes in small glass bottles with a drop counter. Similar to edibles, tinctures are consumed orally and can also be added to any dish or drink. Alternatively, tinctures act faster than most consumption methods.
To start, it is recommended to ingest 1 to 2 ml per day. To consume, place 1 or 2 ml directly under your tongue. We recommend adding tincture into any drink or dish to avoid the bitter taste. Wait 30 minutes to one hour to access the effects. If you are not satisfied with the effects, you may need to increase the dosage.
There are really no limits to what you can add your tincture to including:
- Salad dressing
- Baked goods
Best DIY Tincture Recipe
For any tincture you DIY, this is a list of essential ingredients and measurements:
- 1|2 ounce of cannabis trimmed flower
- High-proof alcohol (typically a cup per half an ounce)
- Mason jar
- Oven safe pan
- Measuring cups
Step 1: Decarboxylate your cannabis or concentrate. Grind your cannabis flower and spread it on a baking sheet before setting the temperature to 230 degrees for 110 minutes. Cover your weed with aluminum foil paper.
Step 2: Put your decarboxylated weed in your designated bottle or mason glass and pour the alcohol until the flowers are grounded to the bottom. Make sure you place a lid on the bottle.
Step 3: Store your bottle in a cool and dark place for at least 2 weeks. The fridge is a great alternative as well if you live in a warmer climate. Shake tincture for 30 seconds at least once a day.
Step 4: Once the tincture itself is ready make sure you strain it. Use a cheesecloth to strain the tincture into a measuring glass, you can repeat the straining process a couple of times to ensure a higher quality end product.
Step 5: Finally store your tincture properly in a dropper bottle, this is important so you can keep track of your consumption and doses. It is key to store it in a cool and dark environment. Keep in mind that air, light and moist as well as heat may decrease the potency drastically.
Alternative Blender Recipe: Dragon Tincture Recipe
Step 1: Decarboxylate your flower into a fine consistency before blending it with alcohol.
Step 2: Blend with high quality proof alcohol in a blender. Add mixture directly into a mason jar. Make sure to tightly secure the jar.
Step 3: Simmer at least half of the jar in a water bath at 170 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Step 4: Strain it at least 3 times and squeeze the cheesecloth using gloves to keep the substance as pure as possible before storing it into a cool and dark environment.
Benefits of Tinctures
First off, there are not many side effects on a psychoactive level due to the high-CBD strain. The tincture is a fast, simple way to consume CBD and all of its benefits. Continuous sublingual use may lead to mouth irritation.
Tinctures are a great alternative to people who do not enjoy smoking cannabis or are looking for a more low-profile consumption method to enjoy it.
They are low-calorie and low-sugar alternatives in terms of choosing a consumption method. Whether you are looking to count calories or watch your sugar intake, tinctures are a great choice.
Tinctures typically have longer shelf-life than edibles. Additionally, tinctures are quite flexible when it comes to getting creative with consumption. Enjoy making your own medicated edibles, juices, drinks, soups, sauces and whatever you can think of!
About the Author
Ella is a content manager at fvkasa, which is a platform dedicated to providing all the information that people need to know about cannabis and its benefits.