While many of you know what a tincture is and use them often, many folks don't, and our goal at Urban Moonshine is to get more people. How to Take a Tincture. Tinctures are a type of extract used to alleviate minor illnesses and provide health benefits. These extracts are prepared by soaking. What is a tincture you may ask? Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs that you take orally (by mouth). They are usually extracted in alcohol (known here .
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There are many reasons to use tinctures as a way to add herbal properties to your body to support wellness. Tinctures are concentrated, convenient to take, easily carried about, and have a very long shelf life.
They are easy to make and easy to take. The example above is a 1 oz and a 4 oz dropper, the squeeze bulb is the same size regardless of the bottle size. Because of this sometimes dosage is given in drops, such as: Most of us, as you can well imagine, are not going to count 60 drops out more than once, never mind, up to five times a day, but if you want to be sure you are getting the right dose, you can count out the drops a time or two to give yourself an idea.
If there are 28 drops in the dropperful you count, and the suggested dosage is drops, then 2 dropperfuls will be sufficient. If there are only 20 drops then you might want to use 3 dropperfuls. My suggestion is to follow the dosage guidelines to the best of your ability, and allow for some variation in the dynamic dropperful. The ease of tincture taking, pull out the bottle, give it a squeeze and in you go… ok, OK, not the culinary idea, but, the strong taste of alcohol aside, did you know that part of what is making us sick ly is NOT tasting certain tastes?
TRULY interesting paper on how taste affects our health! Depending on the herb, you probably really need to taste the taste, it honestly only lasts a moment. You can also mix it in a small glass of juice to mask the flavor. Be sure to store tincture at room temperature and away from degenerating sunlight and your tincture will literally last for years.
Tinctures are considered generally safe. If you need to avoid alcohol completely, you can look for glycerites or acetracts from other companies, make them yourself, or just stick to herbal powders instead. Your email address will not be published. Leave this field empty. The following two tabs change content below. Logan Christopher has been called the Physical Culture Renaissance Man for his many wide-ranging feats of strength.
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Orally rather than sublingually it will come on more slowly because it must be metabolized rather than absorbed directly into the capillaries beneath the tongue. Just like if you boiled away all the water in a pot of salty cook solution leaving dried salt behind if you add more water you get salty water again, no harm, no foul. For your next reduction attempt I suggest using a much less aggressive water bath and perhaps even use a metal bowl over lower temperature but still hot F water on the stove like a double boiler.
You WILL likely end up with a cloudy tincture the more you reduce but again none of those compounds are hazardous to your health. Its glycerin, plant proteins, some chlorophyll. Use a dark dropper bottle for storage and shake well before use and start with a quarter dropper held beneath the tongue for 30 seconds, mark the time and see how you feel.
Wait 30 minutes to an hour before adding the second dose if you have questions about tincture strength. Hello, my mom recently got a prescription for her disc spine issue. Her bottle says to take a whole tincture under the tongue for 60 seconds. I assume it is the whole dropper correct? Or should she only be doing a few drops? She claims it makes her really dizzy and uncomfortable but it is CBD oil so it should not make her high.
What should I do? She is very weary of the meds but I want her to get off the oxy for her leg pain…. Hello, I am sorry to hear about your mom. I am not an expert but I have done a lot of research and have a research science background. There are a few possibilities we have to rule out first.
If so, she may have been suffering from hydro withdrawal and associated it with the tincture. Another possibility is that the tincture actually has a THC component. And finally, is your mom a teetotaler? This is a stretch, but if she is, the few drops of Everclear she downed with the dose may have gotten her a bit lightheaded!
Hearing those answers would help narrow it down. WHENEVER you have tinctures of unfamiliar, unknown, or dissimilar potencies from different manufacturers the ONLY solution is to carefully and measuredly self-titrate starting well below the recommended dose for a given tincture.
Unlike smoking, dosages and absorption rates for oral tinctures will depend HIGHLY, no pun intended, on the weight, metabolism, usage history, time and type of last meal, and other medications being used by the patient. So, the short answer is start slower. Is your mom small or a non-habitual user? Does she smoke herb recreationally?
Has she used this exact tincture before? Try a quarter dropper and wait 45 minutes. If it ends up being cool at the smaller amount then good for everybody.
But unless the vendor remains constant unfortunately in an unregulated industry tinctures will and can be highly variable but then again so can the quality of the trees around and available on any day. Remember start slowly and use as little as possible and it will go further.
Good luck and one love. Thank you so much Craig! My mom does not use for recreational purposes ever and she is quite small, 5 foot. But I assumed since she is on a lot of oxy that it would be okay. I will tell her to lower the dosage. Well John if you start with a proof alcohol and do a slow reduction of the extract you will be evaporating both alcohol and some water over the F water bath or double boiler my preference is for the indirect heat and slow reduction of a double boiler.
Because alcohol will evaporate more quickly than the water at that temperature the volume will reduce quickly. In this concentrated form it is meant for direct sublingual application or can be added by dropper to drinks or recipes.
Taken by this route it wil be equally strong but come on more slowly with a much more stable plateau of absorption and thus physical response. It will be stronger, last longer and be less peaky. So this water bath u speak of? How does the water in the jar evaporate with the lid on? Additionally, I am a 25 yr user of cannabis. The principles surrounding this extraction are fairly simple and well understood chemically.
THC is soluble at about. So, to your question. Of course it is lid off, you are trying to evaporate liquid to gas to reduce the amount of liquid in the jar—the ethanol plus some water that evaporates will leave its THC in the jar, concentrating the remaining solution. Indirect heat will allow a much more controlled reduction. Sorry for the long-winded answer and hope you have good luck.
Here again if you have concerns. Without ventilation you are basically making a bomb. A glass pressure cooker. Or, mabye punch a hole or two in the lid?
Just leave the lid off. Maybe poke a couple holes in the lid when you heat it to boiling like a teapot works though, you need that hole. It builds enough pressure to lift the weight and escape making a whistle. But if the holes are big enough I guess you could. Alcohol boils at a low temperature Hope you can help me. I want to make some medication for my mom. I believe tincture would be an ideal delivery system in order to get the healing properties of cannabis into her body.
She is 82 years old, has never smoked anything in her life, and likes a cold beer on a hot summer day very, very occasionally. She believes in the power of cannabis medicine, however, because my sister and I have used it successfully on her twice in the past.
Two applications of the oil made it disappear. Another time, Mama had lost the toenail on one of her big toes, hardly even feeling it due to her diabetic neuropathy. A few applications of oil on the nail bed and the nail had re-grown in record time. She was very pleased both times. The last batch of oil that we cooked very small batch , we mixed in some coconut oil, and we use it topically. It works on minor burns better than aloe every thought about! She is willing to try cannabis medication because she knows that the side effects will not physically harm her.
Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated. ALL parts of the cannabis plant were used for many types of medicines and there are many old medical references to its use in just about every country.
Personally, I think that this makes sense for this particular plant which seems to have an endless list of possibilities.
I would dry, chop well, and cover the whole plant with the highest proof alcohol you have access to.
There will be some high there but not to the extent of the decarboxylated. Not sure of the dosage, maybe start with 5 drops under her tongue as noted in the article. Or use the other suggestion of adding the tincture to a drink or something else. Hi Renee, Thanks so much for your response. Do you recommend waiting six weeks in order for it to be stronger? Could it be used sooner than six weeks?
The sooner she can start taking it, the better. Thanks again for responding to my query, and I truly appreciate any help you can offer. It will quickly heal it up. I recently made a cannabis salve for a woman suffering with a really bad cooking burn. It was raw like hamburger, horrific. Oh man, so many things I want to say. But let me really talk about the biggest issue here. I recently went through a rough patch and knew what the alcohol was going to do. But alcohol always was a magnifier.
Made the negative thoughts worse. The doctor was a member of the church I went to in middle school and I was friends with his daughter. I went a couple years before trying it again. I took one hit at a party and got so dizzy I had to lay down. Fast forward to Marijuana is legalized here in Washington State. Laughing, zoned out on the couch, peaceful, easy going guy. I later found an interest in why people would choose heroin over pot of they do the same thing to you.
I was always drunk when I did. My curiosity piqued and I did some research into Cannibis. I quickly learned my doctor back in high school had lied to me. What changed it all was education. So one day I was at a friends house and we were going to go to the bar. They just wanted to get out of the house. I offered to sell my weed to someone for beer money, and they said why not just smoke? I told them a condensed version of this story basically. They asked if I wanted to try some of their stuff instead and I agreed.
But I got to thinking, I took 4 hits of that stuff and felt normal, but my body felt relaxed, almost resembling after I tried my Percocet after separating my shoulder a couple years ago. Still being a drinker I really only smoked after I got a good buzz. I was still nervous about THC. Then me and the ex split, and I knew the road I was going to take if I stuck with booze, so I decided one night while stoned, and a bit tipsy, I bought a camera.
A couple days later the meteor shower was peaking and I live about an hour and a half away from Mt. St Helens so I drove up around 4 am. And sat in an empty parking lot, just above the clouds and the sun just coming up above the horizon.
I smoked 2 bowls and hiked to a viewpoint by the time I got there had a complete shift in my brain. A moment of zen, clarity, something, but it was probably the most perfect moment I could have had. By the time the sun was up and the tourists started pouring in, the high had worn off. And I took some more photos before heading home. I soon discovered the fun of sativas, especially with my camera, and my ability to use my mind.
And it all transfers into everyday life. I now view the anxiety from weed as the peak on the rollercoaster. That moment your stomach drops. And I also love the relaxation of indicas, and my main routine after work, has been a bowl or two of a sativa when I get home. Before that day up at the mountain, I had a half a half gallon of Pendleton, a fifth of parrot bay 90 proof coconut rum, and an 18 pack of beer.
It took me about a month to finish that. Since then, mid August maybe? I still like alcohol, but marijuana has improved every aspect of my life whereas alcohol was destroying it. Learning how to control and properly use something like pot, that I was so afraid of, correctly and responsibly, has really taught me a lot about controlling, and properly using alcohol. It has allowed me to set goals for once in my life, that are actually realistic.
And I spend time sober thinking about them as well. Alcohol always made me a talker, and as someone who was very shy growing up, it was my coping mechanism. To break out of my shell. There is no shell. Like a computer crashing. All the data is gone. Some thought provoking stuff. But the sober me is a better person because of my use of pot.
So really a lot of what I do is smoke alone, and maybe some would call it meditating, but I actually prefer to be alone when I smoke. My short answer is ask around about getting your hands on some high CBD stuff. Take a vacation to a legal state, find some way to get ahold of it.
You can buy ointments, tinctures, edibles, sugar cubes, oils, waxes, vapes, sodas, even capsules. And it comes in every variety imagineable. While my drug education was based off of D. Smoked a bowl of Dirty Girl and half a bowl of some Blue Dream sativas as I typed this for the last hour. You can get the tincture on our site. Follow us on Facebook as well. Thanks and good luck! My mother is I take the flower down with a nutri bullet. I use a Sous Vide as I am a chef in the crock pot to keep the temp at a steady F.
You can get them on Amazon. I believe its made by Dorkfood. Decarboxylation is an absolute necessary step if you are making this for recreational purposes. You will still end up with psychoactive cannabinoids without it, but in much much lower proportions than if proper steps are followed.
Take note not to go too hot or too long or you will ruin your product. Safety is of upmost important on this step. There are alternatives that involve using high pressure to speed things up; I personally think using this in conjunction with heating separate steps, you need it close to room temp before pressure is added is the way to go.
The only downside to steeping is that more chlorophyll is introduced into your tincture giving it an earthy taste and color. Vaping… this gets a little more complicated. In order to have a capable product you have to vastly reduce your alcohol content. You can also avoid alcohol completely by utilizing vegetable glycerine for your extraction; thc is not quite as soluble in vg and you will likely end up with a weaker tincture. There are premixed products on the market if you are uncomfortable figuring out proportions on your own.
I would not recommend this for those unfamiliar with concepts of both tincture making, e juice making, and a rudimentary understanding of lab safety.
There are no shortage of resources available for tips and tricks on how to properly make this stuff. Good luck to all! I have some old bud trim from last year.
Do I still need to decarboxylate the trim? I was told that over time the maryjuana decarboxylates naturally. How do add flavors to my tincture. At the moment all I get is the everclear and the burning part.
But I see on line that these Corporation are making them with all these flavors at a high dosage…. In the tinctures I have seen made and consumed, finely ground hard candies were added. Now we use flavoring extracts too since the hard candy dissolves differently each time. The extracts we get are usually in the cake decorating section at hobby stores near the frosting stuff. The everclear burn is too much for me and my mouth feels like raw hamburger afterwards. I put a dose of tincture in a shot glass and depending on the flavor made, I add juice or soda and fill the shot the rest of the way up.
Drink it down, then fill the shot glass again for any remaining tincture residue. I start feeling it around 15 minutes and I would guess full effects after an hour. It helps a little. I use an e-cig so have just tossed flavorings in tinctures. I usually put a mLs of tincture in a bottle for use over a day or two and put a few drops of flavoring in that. During extraction step the everclear step substitute extracts for everclear.
Dosage is easy to figure out if you know all the info about your bud. In a 30mL bottle, that gives you about 3. Regulated dosage is 10mg THC. I recently received my medical card for my several chronic pain issues and it was recommended I try a tincture. For one I dont seem to get any relief when I use it. Secondly it burns like a mother when i drop it under my tongue. It doesnt help that I think it tastes like bong water. Is the taste and burning normal for tinctures?
Are there recommended strains with low THC for pain like fibromyalgia? The taste and burn is normal for tincture. I usually put my tincture in a soda or an ice tea. I have also put it in hot tea before. Anything that masks the taste really. I can always taste the tincture in a drink but it doesnt taste bad, like dropping it under your tongue.
Put your tincture in a drink, but I use just a shot glass of Mt. Dew or apple juice. Those seem to mask the taste the best for me. Once I drink the shot glass, i refill the glass with more soda or juice to get remaining tincture and drink one more time.
Then just a couple gulps of the rest of the soda. Gosh I guess I got lucky my girlfriend got me one as a gift because my rsd has been horrible and it tastes great… wish I could get more. We have the use of the NOVA machine so just wondering what recipe you might suggest to make a tincture. Is it possible to make a tincture using only glycerin vs alcohol or Everclear? Looking for pain relief with no high. We have been purchasing your MOTA made with glycerin which was perfect but you have discontinued that and the new product is Would really appreciate your help!
Make a much stronger tincture as i described twice before so you can use mere drops of tincture ibstead of multiple milliliters of tincture.
It does take a little longer to make. For ny very strong tinctures wherw each ml holds mg cannabinoids then Everclear is the ONLY way to go. Please see my recipe above. You CAN use vodka also. We actually had to switch to Vodka for the kid, he was enjoying the everclear too much. One or 2 droppers of alcohol in juice won;t hurt your daughter.
Follow the dosing instructions in the article. I highly recommend this for your daughter. I love tincture but keep in mind that you need to use a lot more cannabis than you would if you were smoking or vaping it.
The two main processes that create consumable THC here are the decarbox process and the stripping of the THC with alcohol. If you screw up the decarbox process you end up with either a burning off some or a lot of the THC during the heating process, or b not activating all of the THC in the cannibis. If you use too much alcohol volume , you end up with a very weak end product. If you use too little alcohol or not strong alcohol, you may not strip off all of the THC. Also during the exchange process moving the cannabis from container to container, you will inevitably lose some product there as well.
During the filtering step, you inevitably lose some as well. And because no one mentioned here, including the author of the article — be super careful working with everclear or high potency alcohol… it is combustible and will explode or catch fire if it is near a flame some of these recipes include heating to degrees — very close to the vaporization temp for alcohol.
Working with alcohol near a flame is a fire hazard. Final caution is that when you decarbox your place will smell like the DJ booth in a reggae club. Yes you can use proof. If you use make your tincture then evaporate until no liquids are left. Then you have RSO rick Simpson oil. After that you add exactly how much proof you want and its done. Im making my first batch of tincture.
I want to use something that tastes good. THC is not soluble in water. Once you extract the THC into the alcohol and remove the plant material, then you can add other things to improve the flavor.
If you add sugar or candy you will have an easier time consuming tincture. Give the Nova a skip until they come out with a version without an aluminum cannister. Is it possible to make the tincture with marijuana or some other plant that gets you high?
I assume it is. Hi all I just made my first batch, when the product is strained into a jar, the recipes call to seal the jar and let sit. You can allow the alcohol to evaporate abd make a stronger tincture. Can make a super potent tincture in tge first place as i described above. This way each drop of the tincture has 2. Need the alcohol for the extraction.
After its strained, you can evaporate some of it and see what happens. Most ppl just dilute it in juice or something to deal with the strong taste. Let us know how your evaporation process works. I decarb my weed at for about 45 minutes. Then put in a Mason jar and add everclear just over the top of however much I decarb. I put the Mason jar in degrees water bath for 20 minutes Strain and put in a small amber Mason jar..
If the alcohol evaporates before that is completed you lose potency because you have less THC. Best quality, quantitative, safest method proven in a lab with gas chromatography by Pharmacepia Italy. Use a water bath and know about decarbing before you do it. Be careful no to burn off the terpenes you are looking for.
Caryophyllene boils at deg F. If your method creates any smell, you are burning off Terpenes. This method uses Olive Oil. Everclear is made from Corn. So all ingredients upto and around the vapour point of these nasty chemicals are being sprayed into the surrounding neighbourhoods. If they are using a direct fire and not a bath like the method above, some water and all the chemicals will be in the vapour in small amounts.
So while I agree with what you say, without seeing the process or doing a chemical analysis of ever clear I choose to use the safer method of using olive oil. I know one person who adds some VG to her tinctures, and it really does lessen the burn. Sometimes flavors are added too. I just started using The Magic Butter Machine and ran a whole batch of tincture through it with everclear.
How do you live with that alcohol burning sensation under the tongue??? Raw honey, although keeping it mixed is a pain. I use raw honey and coconut oil infused with marijuana. Havent had any issues with separation and I do not use Lecithin. Lecithin has good fats that thc will bind with. Fats are your delivery system.
How to Take Tinctures
How to Take Tinctures. Most of us didn't grow up taking our medicine as a tincture – I know that I grew up taking pills and capsules. Find out how to take a Herbal Tincture for Health Benefits. Herbal Tinctures are extracts made from pharmacoepial grade herbs. Learn everything there is to know about cannabis tinctures, including what they are, how you can make them, and how to dose and use them.