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    Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    Glycerin-based tincture is one of the newest advancements in medical marijuana science. For patients in need of a great Cannanis-based medicine without the invasiveness of smoking, or the effort of eating, this is perfect. Very tasty and very potent!

    Estimated Time: 6 hours – 5 weeks
    Serves: Too many to count; probably about 100 servings


    Materials and Ingredients:

    1/2 gallon (64 fl oz) of U.S.P. Food Grade Glycerin (vegetable)
    84 grams (3 oz) of trimmings (or 70g/2.5oz if using quality buds)
    A coffee herb grinder, a blender, or any other object that can finely grind your ganja
    A crock pot or some clear, sealed glass jars, preferably mason jars. (Note:
    The crock pot method is recommended)
    cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer


    Instructions: (Crock Pot Method)

    1. Set the crock pot to low. If possible, keep the crock pot on a ‘Keep Warm’ setting; some crock pots will burn the tincture even at a low setting so take warning! If you are worried, try the Clear Jar method (see below).
    2. Grind up your cannabis as finely as possible using the coffee grinder or blender.
    3. Place the glycerin and the cannabis in the crock pot.
    4. Let sit for 6 – 24 hours.
    5. Let cool.
    6. Strain with cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer (a paper coffee filter will not work!). This will be a long process because the glycerin is very slow moving and sticky. It is well worth it though!


    Instructions: (Clear Jar Method)

    1. Grind up your cannabis as finely as possible using the coffee grinder or blender.
    2. Place the glycerin and the cannabis in 1 or more clear, glass jars. A well sealed cap is crucial.
    3. Place in a window or another sunny location and let it sit there for 3 to 5 weeks. Shake it each day to help release the desired cannabinoids.
    4. Strain with cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer (a paper coffee filter will not work!). This will be a long process because the glycerin is very slow moving and sticky. It is well worth it though!


    Serving Suggestions:

    If using the Crock Pot Method, the glycerin may be very hot at first, so BE CAREFUL! Let cool for a good 15 to 20 minutes if possible. Maybe longer.
    Glycerin based cannabis tincture stores well, but not as well as alcohol based tincture. Refrigeration is recommended.
    A drop or dropper full under the tongue is enough to ease pain. Test a small amount before moving on to larger doses!
    Purchasing a medicine dropper bottle is recommended. These can usually be purchased in health food stores.
    Last edited by Julie Gardener; 06-07-2011 at 09:39 AM.

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    Gonna give this a go next Fall. I have been wanting to expand my meds usage to other areas than just smoking... this and some edibles I think I can handle w/o a BBQ!

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    The timing of this thread is perfect. I just started a batch of tincture using pure ethanol(Everclear) and 2.5 oz of vapor duff.(for any naysayers about vapor duff...Iv'e done this before and it works very well). It should be ready in a couple of weeks.

    I just bought a bottle of glycerine yesterday and I'm going to try this recipe today, albeit a smaller batch as I only have a couple oz of scrap left. I'll let you know how it turns out for me.

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    Perfect Llama, pls keep us posted. I ran across a maker who used Vodka as her main ingredient. Good to have different options. How long have you been making your tinctures?

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    I do hope you will post back here about your experience and finished product. I am sure I'm not the only one here who values personal input...

    Quote Originally Posted by Llama View Post
    The timing of this thread is perfect. I just started a batch of tincture using pure ethanol(Everclear) and 2.5 oz of vapor duff.(for any naysayers about vapor duff...Iv'e done this before and it works very well). It should be ready in a couple of weeks.

    I just bought a bottle of glycerine yesterday and I'm going to try this recipe today, albeit a smaller batch as I only have a couple oz of scrap left. I'll let you know how it turns out for me.

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    I use a glycerin tincture all the time...my local collective carries a constant supply of it - fantastic for a quick acting edible. I love it for insomnia - if I wake up in the middle of the night, a dropper full under my tongue and back to sleep I go

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    That would help me out so much... since kicking my meds, I don't sleep well anymore, not more than about 4 hours a night anyways. That's why I am here so early (my time)... it's too dark to see yet in the garden... LOL

    I smoke large before bed and that helps quite a bit but... I wake up every hour or so... GAAAAHHHH!
    I try not to get out of bed but if I did it to smoke or whatever... that would be it for the sleeping.
    I think the tincture would be a quick fix to just fall back to sleep.

    Thanks for the input boss!


    Quote Originally Posted by 420Cyclist View Post
    I use a glycerin tincture all the time...my local collective carries a constant supply of it - fantastic for a quick acting edible. I love it for insomnia - if I wake up in the middle of the night, a dropper full under my tongue and back to sleep I go

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    Thank You Julie for the recipe!
    Making my first batch now.

    I am using fresh frozen trim and fresh bud.
    Do you think the recipe should be adjusted if using fresh materials?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkpjr1967 View Post
    Do you think the recipe should be adjusted if using fresh materials?
    Good question. Honestly, I can't answer that one. You will have to play with the ingredients and see what works best for you and your needs. I think you will still have a great tincture using fresh Cannabis in the amount given.

    Here's a link for some great info on the differences between the strains and what one you may want to choose for your tinctures depending on your needs.

    What Medical Marijuana Strain Is Best For Your Condition - Sativa or Indica?

    Fyi...I've also seen that you should 'decarb' your herb before making tinctures. Decarbing consists of placing your herb on a cookie sheet in the oven at 150F for about an hour or so until the bud is dry and crumbles into a powder when rolled between your thumb and index finger.

    Here's a bit about decarbing from a source I found that makes alcohol tinctures...

    "Decarb" means decarboxylation. It is the process of removing the carboxyl group by converting into water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2). You do this by heating the marijuana. The suggested method is placing the bud on a piece of tin foil or a baking pan in the oven at 150 degrees (F) for roughly 15 minutes.

    Depending on how much bud you are using and how "fresh" (or wet if it wasn't cured properly - or you are being stiffed by measures taken by shady distributors to add weight to the buds) it is, it may take longer. When done the bud should be dry and flake into a powder when you roll it between your thumb and forefinger.

    We do this because marijuana, when harvested, contains mostly THCA, which is not psychoactive. However during the drying and curing process some of the THCA will decarb into THC (it removes the carboxylic group, COOH). THC is psychoactive. Most weed, even if cured well will still contain a lot of latent "bang", in any of the remaining unconverted THCA. When you smoke weed this process occurs when the flame comes into close proximity to the buds. When cooking, you want to make sure your bud is at its maximum potential potency.

    And Yes, you can use the tincture in cooking. The THC should remain in the food, well the alcohol will evaporate.
    Keep this quote in mind for your next batch and play around with the different methods until you find one that works for you.

    Hope this helps...Good luck with your first batch!


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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    I always "decarb" my cannabis.
    When making the tinctures from fresh bud I do this by taking the end product in a double boiler.
    This concentrates the alcohol based tincture and should decarb the glycerine tincture.
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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    Last edited by Julie Gardener; 07-23-2011 at 03:10 PM. Reason: Guidelines
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Kronic View Post
    I do hope you will post back here about your experience and finished product. I am sure I'm not the only one here who values personal input...
    Sorry it took so long to get back to this. The everclear tincure made with vapor duff is almost dangerous!!

    It taste awful so it needs to be mixed with juice. It is so potent that I only use it (1 eyedropper) if I can't sleep and I don't have to work the next day. It keeps me groggy and half stoned most of the morning but it puts me out like a light within 20 minutes or so.

    I mixed 750 litres of everclear(pure grain alcohol) with 2 oz of vapor duff. Put it in a mason jar in the closet for three weeks shaking it up once or twice a week. I strained it twice through a jelly bag which works much easier and faster than coffee filters, plus it is re-usable.

    I left the lid off the jar to evaporate the alcohol. When the liquid had reduced about 50% I ended up with about 6 floz of tincure.

    I have not made the glycerine tincure yet.

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    I just went back and re-read mthe post about decarboxylation. I'll just bet that my vapor duff is already decarbed by heating in the vaporizor.

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    Re: Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

    Can I use my pressed bubble hash in the warm glycerin method? I'm waiting on the glycerin to arrive. Also making "Budder" today to try to make some lollipops, can I use the glycerin tincture in the lollipops??

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    My buddy had a glycerin tincture that I got to try one time and not only was it insanely potent, it tasted amazing... it was purchased though, I'm gonna have to try this recipe out at home and see how they compare.
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