Cannabis tinctures are one of the best, most underrated delivery methods for cannabis. They provide a fast and efficient dosage of medicine with minimal effort.
Although tinctures date back well before the pre-Prohibition era, they are an unfamiliar delivery method for most people. Tinctures are typically made by soaking the dried flowers of the female hemp plant (marijuana) in ethanol. The THC and other cannabinoids dissolve into the alcohol. Some preparations also extract some of the water-based plant products such as chlorophyll, resulting in a dark green or brown liquid. Baking or drying the cannabis to decarboxylate prior to the alcohol bath increases the amount of THC in the resulting preparation
Cannabis extraction is similar to the processes used to decaffeinate coffee, produce vitamins and minerals, and create essential oils. In cannabis, the main compounds producers are looking to extract are cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) and terpenes – these compounds provide the aroma, flavor and effect of the final product.
Concentrates are made using a variety of extraction methods and solvents in processes that utilize pressure in a safe, closed-loop system. Cannabis concentrates can be divided into two main categories:
Solvents strip compounds from the plant, leaving behind a highly potent liquid solution. Popular solvents include: butane, propane, CO2, and alcohol.
Solventless extractions do not introduce any foreign substances. Although water is technically a solvent, ice-water extractions are typically classified as solventless extractions in cannabis.
It’s important to understand that different ratios of cannabinoids will affect everyone uniquely. A 25mg dab of THC is not guaranteed to give you and your friends the same psychoactive effects. Our endocannabinoid systems all operate differently, and each individual will experience a variance in how their systems uptake cannabinoids. The best way to find out what dose works for you is to start small and work your way up.