Marijuana is so damn versatile. It can be processed as dabs, hash, bubblehash, oils, medibles, and tinctures. In this article, I’m showing you how to make glycerin-based marijuana tincture.
And if you know my other articles, you’ll know this tincture is great for use as a sexual oil!
Glycerin-based marijuana tincture is very versatile and a great alternative to smoking, vaporizing, or strong-tasting alcohol-based marijuana tinctures.
A quality glycerin cannabis tincture can be mixed with food or beverage.
You can also put it under the tongue, or inside the body via the vagina or nostrils.
For medical marijuana users, know that glycerin marijuana tincture provides fast transfusion and relief from pain, spasms, and other problems.
Not only does this method give you almost-immediate medical benefits, 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 pounds of premium buds and/or high quality trim material
– Glass storage container
Combine the vegetable glycerin and 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 12-20 hours, stirring occasionally but vigorously.
Please note that not all crockpots have the same temperature notations. What you want to do is start your cooking time (the 30-45 minute initial period) at the higher temperature setting your crockpot has.
Then turn your crockpot down to the lowest temperature setting it has, and leave it for the 12-20 hours I spoke of earlier.
Stirring helps the glycerin absorb more of the cannabinoids.
After 12-20 hours (this image was taken at 20 hours) turn off the crock pot and allow mixture to cool for about an hour.
This cooling off period 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 have someone with muscular arms squeeze hard and strong, because a lot of the glycerin marijuana tincture gets trapped in the plant material.
The harder you squeeze, the more tincture you extract.
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.
Please note the following:
You should experiment when making different batches of cannabis tincture by changing the length of time you have the temperature setting in warm versus in low, and by the overall “cooking” time.
In general, the longer you heat cannabis when making it into medibles, tinctures, or other bases, the more you change the psychoactive effects away from stimulating THC effects into something a lot heavier.
Do your own timed experiments and evaluate the medical effects and high to find the temperature and cooking duration formulas that work best for you.