Tinctures are underused when it is compared to joints, blunts, edibles, bongs and raw flowers despite it working just as good and every so often even better. For some people it works better than any other cannabis consumption method. It depends on what you need from the marijuana and your preference of taking it.
Marijuana Tincture Tales
This may seem like a new thing to you, well it was actually the primary form of cannabis medicine before it was banned in 1937. You are less likely to overdose on tinctures than the edible marijuana version. Tinctures are described as the moonshine of marijuana for the way they are made. Making these will take up less space and remarkably less likely to cause an explosion like the traditional moonshine still.
A tincture is more frequently an alcoholic extract of the material of a plant. The ethanol percentage is between 25 and 60 percent. This compares to a solution that is between 50 and 120 proof even if sometimes the alcohol concentration can get to 90 percent in some tinctures.
Ethanol is the most familiar solvent due to it being productive at the breaking down of both acidic and the basic components of the plant matter. Other solvents like vinegar or glycerin can be used to produce a tincture for internal consumption. But it is not as successful to extract the chemical from the actual plant matter.
The production process of tincture is like dissolving sugar in water. The solids break down and turn into liquid in the water which then transfers the sweetness in the resultant solution.
The same happens when producing a tincture, the only thing that changes are the ingredients. The ethanol dissolves the plant matter as well as the chemicals that it contains. It is then suspended into a solution that can be ingested or put under the tongue.
Benefits of Marijuana Tincture
- You can feel the effects fast
- You can control the amount you consume
- It is discreet
- It is safe and has a long shelf-life when you store it the right way
If you use a CBD tincture your benefits will multiply due to it being used to treat:
- Low appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- High blood sugar
Does Marijuana cause side effects?
If you take a THC tincture, then the answer will be yes. You will experience the same side effects of smoking a joint. Taking a CBD tincture will be less obvious. The only thing that you might experience is the dry mouth feeling.
Just take note that if you take CBD medication as well as something like heart medication, it can affect the effectiveness of this medication. Make sure to contact your doctor before adding this to your routine.
Swallow or not
If you swallow the tincture it will take longer to be effective. Let it dissolve under your tongue for 30 seconds.
Start with 2-3 drops at a time and when you are new to consumption of cannabis rather start with 2 drops. Wait at least an hour and a half before taking more. This gives it time to spread through your body and also gives your body the time to process it.
The price of tinctures
A bottle that contains about a 100 drops will cost you round about $20. Making it quite economical.
How to make Tinctures
There are 3 methods:
This is the easiest mehod and does not involve any cooking. All you need to do is mix the ingredients and leave it to brew.
Mix your ingredients in a mason jar and leave it filled with the weed and alcohol in a place that is cool and dry and out of the sun for a period of 30 to 60 days.
The hot method
This is the fastest way to whip up a batch of tincture. It does require you to use a bit of equipment and constant vigilance, but you will lower the brew time greatly.
Now you know the different methods as well as the recommended dose and also the benefits it can hold for you. Now all that is left is to try it out.