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Quick Tinctures: A SweetSue Picture Tutorial

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SweetSue

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One of the easiest dosing methods is an alcohol tincture. It’s a quick and easy process to wash the plant material with a strong ethanol alcohol and gently reduce the wash to a tincture concentration.

This tutorial will walk you through the process of making a small-batch tincture. I started with about 4 ounces of alcohol and reduced it down to 1 ounce.

As in all things cannabis, the quality of your produce will greatly determine your outcome. I used spiced rum for this batch at the request of the patient. Use the highest alcohol content you can get for the most efficient extraction.

Enough words. I’ll let the pictures say the rest.

























You don’t need to use a hot water bath. There are many ways to evaporate, for example you can pour it into a glass dish and let it evaporate on its own (takes longer) or heat the dish and speed the process up.






Dosing is an individual determination. Start with one drop and wait 15 minutes before trying another. Keep doing that until you’re feeling the effect you desire. Move slowly. You’ll never know how little can be effective if you jump right up to a high dose.

Your endocannabinoid system will thank you for this patience with improved healing potential. :Namaste:

Now you know the dose that works for you. Allow yourself to be flexible. Tinctures make great medicine for breakthrough pain, anxiety, and muscle spasm. A bottle can be discreetly carried and medicine stealthily dosed with a tincture in your pocket or purse. Consider a sample bottle that holds a mere 1 ml for emergency use.

The alcohol tincture will burn if taken on its own, but it’s easy enough to add to a drink or drip onto some food.
 
That's a nice tutorial.
Thank You.

I just watched a video where they cooked the oil all the way down to thick concentrate.
Does it make any difference in the long run if there's alcohol left in the tincture (like yours)?
 
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SweetSue

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Nicely done Sue. I recently made my first tincture, it’s soaking away in the basement for a month. 26 grams of shake and bud soaking in a cup and a half of 100 proof vodka.
That’ll be bitter when you taste it I’d think. With 100 proof I’d have simply done a couple more cold washes, keeping everything as cold as possible every step of the way. Makes a tastier end product.

Alcohol’s a pretty efficient extractor. If you have a distiller you can beef up the proof.
 
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SweetSue

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That's a nice tutorial.
Thank You.

I just watched a video where they cooked the oil all the way down to thick concentrate.
Does it make any difference in the long run if there's alcohol left in the tincture (like yours)?
My pleasure. :love:

An alcohol tincture is easier to make and administer than CCO, which is what she cooked hers down to. CCO is like tar, only stickier. Lol! To effectively use CCO you’ll need to combine it with a carrier oil and add liquid sunflower lecithin. We have a thread dedicated to making medicine like this from CCO, if you’re ever interested. :4:
 

UrbanAchiever

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That’ll be bitter when you taste it I’d think. With 100 proof I’d have simply done a couple more cold washes, keeping everything as cold as possible every step of the way. Makes a tastier end product.

Alcohol’s a pretty efficient extractor. If you have a distiller you can beef up the proof.
Yeah a bit of a haphazard first attempt. I have a CB Dream seedling that will be the real test. This current tincture will be for myself to experiment with. Drops under the tongue, mixed into food/drink, and figure out dosing. I want to help my mom deal with insomnia and my pops with pain management.
 

BobbyZ

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I tried but the tincture never did it for me. I had to take it all the way down to concentrate tar by cooking off all the alcohol.
But a SMALL dose of that tar will do the trick for hours... The bad part is it made my tolerance is much much higher with continued use. But that's when we do a rest...

@SweetSue , you know if you repackaged a lot of your work and what you've learned, I think it could be profitable in the form of a book or non-published PDF book. "Applicable weed for dummies"... I'm sure you could come up with a better name.
:nomo::ganjamon::cheer::thanks:
 
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SweetSue

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I tried but the tincture never did it for me. I had to take it all the way down to concentrate tar by cooking off all the alcohol.
But a SMALL dose of that tar will do the trick for hours... The bad part is it made my tolerance is much much higher with continued use. But that's when we do a rest...

@SweetSue , you know if you repackaged a lot of your work and what you've learned, I think it could be profitable in the form of a book or non-published PDF book. "Applicable weed for dummies"... I'm sure you could come up with a better name.
:nomo::ganjamon::cheer::thanks:
Thanks. :5: It’s been kind of an ongoing project Bobby. I’ve been studying the ECS and how it interfaces with cannabis for a few years now and it’s finally starting to make enough sense to actually do something with it. Lol!

We’re all gonna be excited when it falls together. It’ll be the biggest art project of my life. :laugh2:

Tinctures don’t do it for me either. Cobs or bong hits, snowflakes or brownies. I’m pretty heavily responsive to an edible high, and nothing’s as good as a bong hit. :slide:
 

keshazel

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Thanks. :5: It’s been kind of an ongoing project Bobby. I’ve been studying the ECS and how it interfaces with cannabis for a few years now and it’s finally starting to make enough sense to actually do something with it. Lol!

We’re all gonna be excited when it falls together. It’ll be the biggest art project of my life. :laugh2:

Tinctures don’t do it for me either. Cobs or bong hits, snowflakes or brownies. I’m pretty heavily responsive to an edible high, and nothing’s as good as a bong hit. :slide:
While this may work for you, I couldn't use edibles because I have to drive with no notice. I can't wait two hours and figure out the dose is too strong, I'm high, and I cannot drive.
 
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SweetSue

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While this may work for you, I couldn't use edibles because I have to drive with no notice. I can't wait two hours and figure out the dose is too strong, I'm high, and I cannot drive.
This is a concern for anyone using THC keshazel. In your case I’d probably suggest very low doses spread over the day to control euphoria. It’s made easier once you find your minimum effective dose.

It’s a pretty decent standard to limit driving to three hours after a dose of THC that impairs you, but it’s also possible to dose THC without impairment, at least with a majority of patients. You control the dose volume and timing, or choose a pathway that doesn’t usually introduce euphoria, like suppositories. Clinical evidence also points to the possibility of balancing the major cannabinoids so CBD exerts more modulation of THC.

Dose volume, cannabinoid ratio, terpene profile, and dose scheduling all make THC easier to dose.
 

keshazel

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This is a concern for anyone using THC keshazel. In your case I’d probably suggest very low doses spread over the day to control euphoria. It’s made easier once you find your minimum effective dose.

It’s a pretty decent standard to limit driving to three hours after a dose of THC that impairs you, but it’s also possible to dose THC without impairment, at least with a majority of patients. You control the dose volume and timing, or choose a pathway that doesn’t usually introduce euphoria, like suppositories. Clinical evidence also points to the possibility of balancing the major cannabinoids so CBD exerts more modulation of THC.

Dose volume, cannabinoid ratio, terpene profile, and dose scheduling all make THC easier to dose.
Sue, thank you for your comments.