Cannabis tinctures serve as a perfect entry point to the world of cannabis, especially if you aren’t a fan of smoking or vaping. They also provide several unique benefits that set them apart from other cannabis concentrates.
Before even thinking about mixing your weed with alcohol, we need to decarb it. If you were to stick a few buds in a jar with your booze, the resulting tincture would be far less potent.
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Everything you need to know about cannabis tinctures (recipe included).
Bear in mind, though, that tinctures made from high-THC cannabis strains are going to be much stronger than smoking a joint or hitting a bong. A tincture can contain up to 60% THC, so don’t underestimate their potency!
The best option for alcohol tinctures is food-grade ethyl alcohol (95%). You won’t find it on the shelves of your local store, but there are plenty of reputable sellers online. Just remember, these solutions are not for mixing cocktails!
To achieve the full effect, tinctures should be held under the tongue for 30 seconds, ideally while rubbing it into the tissue. While the effects of cannabis tinctures taken sublingually begin quicker, they do not last as long as those from edible baked goods. But they do tend to last longer than those of vaping or smoking.
Following the steps above will yield a bottle of basic cannabis tincture. There are other tincture recipes you can experiment with, such as Master Wu’s Green Dragon.
Getting drunk on a tincture is possible but not likely, according to Dr. Adie Rae, a neuroscientist and scientific adviser to Weedmaps. “For alcohol-based tinctures, you’d have to drink a lot of it, and if it contained THC, you’d feel the ‘overdose’ of THC long before you felt an alcohol buzz. A typical shot glass is 40 milliliter, just over 1 fluid ounce. A typical tincture bottle is 30 milliliter, just under 1 fluid ounce. So a tincture bottle has one standard serving of alcohol, but at least 30 servings of cannabinoids,” she explained.
A cannabis tincture is a type of cannabis extract that is usually alcohol-based. Tinctures have gained popularity among cannabis consumers since they are a smokeless consumption method and can be easily prepared at home.
One more distinction of cannabis tinctures is that they are easy to dose. Rather than winging it with a few puffs of a joint or a nibble of a brownie, an eyedropper tells you exactly how much cannabis you are ingesting via tincture. This point is especially important for those who are new or sensitive to the psychoactive effects of THC. While some cannabis consumers report adverse effects from ingesting too much THC through edibles, this issue can be averted by placing a few drops of tincture under the tongue. If getting too high is a concern, cannabis consumers can spit out the tincture after letting it sit under the tongue for at least 30 seconds.