Tinctures are a form of cannabis extract that use alcohol as the basis for the extraction. Tinctures can be consumed by drinking, by placing drops underneath your tongue or by mixing with other drinks and food.
Tinctures can be potent, sometimes being comprised of 60% THC, and should be taken with caution. It is important to ease yourself into using tinctures if you don’t yet know how they will affect you. Try 1-2 drops and wait at least an hour and half before taking more.
Light is the natural enemy of tinctures as it will cause them to spoil, so make sure to keep yours in an opaque bottle and store it in a dark, cool space.
In order to get the most out of your tincture, you are going to want to decarboxylate your flower beforehand. Decarboxylation is a fancy word to describe the process of increasing the amount of THC in your flower. THC is the psychoactive compound which gives you the sense of euphoria associated with being “high.” This process occurs naturally when smoking or vaping, but is an extra step needed to be taken when making tinctures.
During decarboxylation, THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) turns into THC when exposed to heat for the right amount of time. There is some debate as to how best achieve decarboxylation, but an easy rule of thumb is to put flower in the oven between 220 degrees Fahrenheit and 240 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes and up to one hour.
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Once your flower is decarboxylated, you’re ready to start making tinctures.
You will find three different recipes for making tinctures below. By no means is this an exhaustive list, and you can do your own research to find additional recipes in order to find the one that suits you best.
This method is the fastest of the three – it can be completed in as a couple of hours. However, this method will not typically yield as potent a tincture as with the other recipes. This is a great recipe for beginners who are making or consuming tinctures for the first time.
This method relies on freezing your decarboxylated flower before starting. It is also recommended to keep your alcohol as cold as possible. This is supposed to help maximize the tincture’s potency.
This method is by far the lengthiest of the three but is also the simplest and most straightforward.