Marijuana can be processed as dabs, hash, bubblehash, oils, medibles, and tinctures.
Glycerin-based marijuana tincture is very versatile and a great alternative to smoking, vaporizing, or strong-tasting alcohol-based tinctures.
A quality glycerin cannabis tincture can be mixed with any food or beverage and allows you who need fast relief to place the tincture directly under their tongue.
Not only does this method bring fast relief, it also allows patients to control their dosage in a similar manner to smoking their medicine.
Although it takes a little time and preparation, making your own marijuana tincture is a fairly easy process.
Here’s what you need to get started:
– A crock pot with a “low” and “warm” setting
– Large bowl
– Latex gloves
– Wooden spoon
– 1 gallon of food-grade vegetable glycerin
– 1/4 -3/4 lb marijuana or high quality trim material
– Glass storage container (not pictured)
Combine the vegetable glycerin and the marijuana in the crock pot.
Stir well with a wooden spoon until all the medical marijuana is saturated with glycerin.
Set the crock pot to “low” for approximately 30-45 minutes and stir regularly (every five minutes or so).
After 30-45 minutes you should be able to smell a strong cannabis odor.
The marijuana will be moistened by the glycerin at this point and should be much darker in color.
The odor indicates that the decarboxylation process is occurring.
This changes the non-psychoactive THCA contained in the cannabis into psychoactive THC.
Once the odor is sensed, turn the crock pot from the “low” setting to the “warm” setting.
Cook mixture on the “warm” setting for 18-24 hours, stirring occasionally but vigorously.
Stirring helps the glycerin absorb more of the cannabinoids.
After 18-24 hours (this image was taken after 24 hours) turn off the crock pot and allow mixture to cool for about an hour. This is so you don’t burn your hands during the filtering process.
At this point the mixture should appear like a dark, oily soup.
Fold the cheese cloth to fit inside the large bowl. The cheese cloth is used to separate the plant material from the now cannabinoid-rich glycerin.
Spoon some of the mixture into the cheese cloth lined bowl.
Lift up the cheese cloth and squeeze the hell out of it.
Please note: a lot of the glycerin gets trapped in the plant material. The harder you squeeze, the less tincture is wasted.
This is what the freshly squeezed tincture looks like.
Transfer the tincture to a glass storage container.
Repeat filtering process until all the mixture in the crock pot is strained.
Here’s a half gallon of high quality medical marijuana tincture ready for bottling or long term storage. Larger quantities of the tincture will appear very dark in color even though the tincture is actually a light brown or amber color.
Here is the bottled cannabis tincture ready to be shrink wrapped and labeled before being distributed.
A closer look at the finished product. As you can see in the eyedropper the finished product has a beautiful amber color.
This particular tincture recipe yields approximately 115 oz of high quality medicine (there is always some loss during processing). Glycerin-based marijuana tinctures has an extremely sweet flavor similar to honey or maple syrup.
An average dosage ranges from 15-30 drops (1/4-1/2 tsp), but of course you need to test your marijuana tincture carefully so you don’t overdose.
Glycerin marijuana tinctures are a great way for patients to medicate wherever and whenever they want.
When placed directly under the tongue, you will feel it within five to ten minutes.
Making marijuana tinctures is a great way to bring changes to your marijuana high and for medical marijuana patients who want dose control. Enjoy.