The cannabis industry is constantly evolving, creating new ways for people to experience this popular plant. People are looking for these techniques online, and what works for some may not work for others. Guides for edibles, THC extraction, the best strains, and methods of smoking seem to be more cut-and-paste and less organic -which inspired me to try my hand at a method that was foreign to me: a tincture. A tincture, as defined by Merriam Webster Dictionary, is “a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent.” In this case, the medicinal substance is cannabis.
For my first attempt creating a cannabis tincture, I used an ounce of Headband shake and 1.5 grams of kief. I chose to use Everclear as a solvent, because of its clear color and high alcohol content. The higher the percentage of alcohol, the greater the extraction of THC from the plant matter. Here is my step-by-step recipe.
Step 1: Get Supplies
- 1 Ounce of premium grade cannabis shake
- Any hash or kief for added potency
- 2 cups of Everclear or high ABV liquor
- A cannabis grinder
- Aluminum foil
- 1 Sealable plastic bag
- 1 Amber glass eye dropper
- 1 Large mason jar
- 1 Glass oven-safe pan
- 2 Coffee filters
- 1 Cheese cloth pack
- 2 cup measuring cup
- 1 Rubber band
- 1 Pair of latex gloves
- 1 Funnel
Step 2: Grind and Heat the Cannabis
Grind up 1 ounce of cannabis shake or trimmings, seal inside a plastic bag, and place it in the freezer for at least 1 hour. (I read that freezing the plant matter, along with the alcohol, allows for the THC molecules to retain their structure during the solution process).
Next, place the plant matter into an oven-safe pan and spread it evenly. Cover the pan with foil, preheat your oven to 235 F (I used a second thermometer in the oven to make sure the accuracy was as precise as possible), and place the pan in the oven for one hour. The foil reduces the risk of burning the cannabis, and keeps the THC and terpenes from escaping during baking. THC boils at 240°F, which will defeat the purpose of decarboxylation and reduce the potency of the final product, so err on the side of caution if you don’t trust your oven’s temperature gauge. The idea is to activate the THC without losing any in the process. In my research this was a hotly debated process, so after comparing a number of methods I came up with my own and it worked well for me; I used this website as a guideline.
Step 3: Extract Cannabinoids from the Cannabis
Once the decarboxylation process is complete, let the pan cool but keep the foil in place. When the pan is cool to the touch, carefully transfer your cannabis into a large mason jar and add the alcohol. Only pour enough solvent so that it just covers the top of the cannabis.
Stick the jar in your freezer for at least one week to six months. For my experiment, I let mine sit in my freezer for two weeks, shaking the jar for one minute every day. Shaking is important because it disturbs the plant matter, allowing even distribution of the cannabinoids in the solution.
Step 4: Process the Tincture
After your decided duration has passed, use a funnel to pour the entire contents of the jar through a double layer of cheese cloth into another glass vessel. Once the liquid has stopped passing through easily, squeeze and twist the mass in the cheese cloth until all of the liquid is rendered. I encourage you to use gloves when handling the soiled cheese cloth; this tincture can seep into pores very easily and can lead to unintended medication before titration (a method of determining the concentration of a dissolved substance) has been tested.
Now that you have a murky tincture, the next step is to clean out the original jar and dry it thoroughly. Place two coffee filters over the mouth of the jar and secure it in place with a rubber band. Next, slowly pour the tincture through the filter until all of the plant matter is caught in the filter.
Step 5: Enjoy!
There you have it: you now have your very own cannabis tincture! Keep the tincture in a cool, dry place, preferably in an amber bottle (as the colored glass prevents the tincture from deteriorating in sunlight).
This recipe was my first attempt and I must say that I am happy with the results. The end result was about two cups of homemade Headband tincture. To administer the tincture, I use an amber eye dropper bottle for titration. The best way to administer a tincture is with a few drops under the tongue; begin with a few drops, wait for it to take effect, and then determine if you need another drop or two. With this batch, I felt the Headband’s signature tingle along my temple and especially in the back of my neck after 5 drops. The effects took about 15-30 minutes to come on, and lasted around 30 minutes, so start slow and proceed safely.
It’s definitely more for medicinal use over recreational. However, the effects were amplified after smoking cannabis so I caution the reader to test the tincture a few times before adding more factors into the experience. Overall, I am very satisfied with my new recipe, and I hope that this helps other canna cooks like me. Please send us feedback on your own methods and let’s compare notes!
Things I would do differently next time:
- Use a more potent shake and/or add more kief or hash.
- Make multiple batches and let them sit for different lengths of time
As A Chemo Alternative
Awareness with regards to cannabis as a treatment and potential cure for cancer has been rapidly increasing over the past few years. Several studies over the last decade have clearly (without question) demonstrated the anti-tumoral effects of the plant. Cannabinoids (any group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis) activate cannabinoid receptors in the body. The human body itself produces compounds called endocannabinoids and they play a very important role in many processes within the body to help create a healthy environment.
Since radiation and chemotherapy are the only two approved treatments for cancer, it’s important to let people know that other options do exist. There’s nothing wrong with exploring these options and finding out more information about them so people can make the best possible choice for themselves. It’s always important to do your own research.
A number of people have used this treatment to help treat their cancer. The latest article we wrote is a great example (amongst many), where a 9-year-old girl used cannabis to cure her cancer. You can read more about that
Below are some links to articles that have sourced studies and provide more human cases as examples. For more information you can browse through our website:
As more become aware of the healing power that this plant has, the next question to be asked is how is it used? Linked above (second from the top) is an article titled “Teenage Girl Uses Cannabis To Treat Leukaemia & Great Results Were Seen,” you can click on the case study embedded within the article and email the doctors, hopefully they can answer your questions if it is an emergency.
The article highlighted in the second paragraph about the 9-year-old girl who used cannabis to treat her cancer has a link to her website. Click
to go there. It goes through all the steps they took, they titled it “Making Medical Marijuana 101.”
So, you can start there. Another option that seems to be quite popular is Rick Simpson’s Hemp Oil. He is a medical marijuana activist who has been providing people with information about the healing potentials of Hemp Oil medications for quite some time. His inspiration came from his own experience when he cured himself of a metastatic skin cancer in 2003.
Again, I just want to help others further their research on how to do it. You can try contacting the doctors mentioned in the paragraph above, you can take a look at the way 9-year-old Mykyala (also mentioned in above paragraphs) did it and you can check out Rick Simpson’s way. Hopefully this will lead you to what you are looking for. Feel free to also contact me with any questions or concerns.
Here Is Rick Simpson’s Cannabis Oil Recipe:
To make Rick Simpson’s cannabis oil, start with one ounce of dried herb. One ounce will typically produce 3-4 grams of oil, although the amount of oil produced per ounce will vary strain to strain. A pound of dried material will yield about two ounces of high quality oil.
IMPORTANT: These instructions are directly summarized from Rick Simpson’s website. Be VERY careful when boiling solvent off [solvent-free option], the flames are extremely flammable. AVOID smoking, sparks, stove-tops and red hot heating elements. Set up a fan to blow fumes away from the pot, and set up in a well-ventilated area for whole process.
1. Place the completely dry material in a plastic bucket.
2. Dampen the material with the solvent you are using. Many solvents can be used [solvent-free option]. You can use pure naphtha, ether, butane, 99% isopropyl alcohol, or even water. Two gallons of solvent is required to extract the THC from one pound, and 500 ml is enough for an ounce.
3. Crush the plant material using a stick of clean, untreated wood or any other similar device. Although the material will be damp, it will still be relatively easy to crush up because it is so dry.
4. Continue to crush the material with the stick, while adding solvent until the plant material is completely covered and soaked. Remain stirring the mixture for about three minutes. As you do this, the THC is dissolved off the material into the solvent
5. Pour the solvent oil mixture off the plant material into another bucket. At this point you have stripped the material of about 80% of its THC.
6. Second wash: again add solvent to the mixture and work for another three minutes to extract the remaining THC.
7. Pour this solvent oil mix into the bucket containing the first mix that was previously poured out.
8. Discard the twice washed plant material.
9. Pour the solvent oil mixture through a coffee filter into a clean container.
10. Boil the solvent off: a rice cooker will boil the solvent off nicely, and will hold over a half gallon of solvent mixture. CAUTION: avoid stove-tops, red hot elements, sparks, cigarettes and open flames as the fumes are extremely flammable.
11. Add solvent to rice cooker until it is about ¾ full and turn on HIGH heat. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and set up a fan to carry the solvent fumes away. Continue to add mixture to cooker as solvent evaporates until you have added it all to the cooker.
12. As the level in the rice cooker decreases for the last time, add a few drops of water (about 10 drops of water for a pound of dry material). This will help to release the solvent residue, and protect the oil from too much heat.
13. When there is about one inch of solvent-water mixture in the rice cooker, put on your oven mitts and pick the unit up and swirl the contents until the solvent has finished boiling off.
14. When the solvent has been boiled off, turn the cooker to LOW heat. At no point should the oil ever reach over 290˚ F or 140˚ C.
15. Keep your oven mitts on and remove the pot containing the oil from the rice cooker. Gently pour the oil into a stainless steel container
16. Place the stainless steel container in a dehydrator, or put it on a gentle heating device such as a coffee warmer. It may take a few hours but the water and volatile terpenes will be evaporated from the oil. When there is no longer any surface activity on the oil, it is ready for use.
17. Suck the oil up in a plastic syringe, or in any other container you see fit. A syringe will make the oil easy to dispense. When the oil cools completely it will have the consistency of thick grease.
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. But remember, consult a physician and do your research before you do anything to make sure you understand how everything functions.
By Arjun Walia from Collective Evolution
How Much CBD Do You Need?
It is best to start with a small CBD serving size and increase gradually. Everybody reacts to CBD differently, and progressively increasing your intake will allow you to learn the effects that CBD has on you. Give your body time to adjust by slowly building up your serving size over a few weeks, while staying alert to any side effects. You can stop increasing your serving size once you feel total relief from your symptoms.
You’ll need a different serving size depending on your needs. Also, each body reacts differently to CBD. Some people are extremely sensitive and need very little, while in rare cases some don’t feel effects even after several servings. Each person is unique, and you need to find your own sweet spot.
There are some average numbers that can help you determine how much CBD you might want to start with.
Serving size is best measured as pure milligrams of CBD because each product has a different concentration.
Start really low (2 to 3 milligrams) and work yourself up to the recommended serving size. As soon as your symptoms are gone, you will need to stop increasing the serving size; if your symptoms worsen, discontinue use or lower your serving size.
And as usual, if you have a serious health issue, we urge you to see your doctor for recommendations.
How Long Do CBD Oil Effects Last?
While your metabolism plays a significant role in how long it takes your body to process it, CBD oil will generally stay in your system in trace amounts for three or four days. However, these trace amounts do not necessarily correlate to the detectable effects of CBD.
Depending on your mode of use, CBD oil effects will last for two to six hours, with topicals reigning as the longest-lasting products, followed by capsules and edibles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should consumable CBD oil be taken on an empty stomach?
No. Consuming CBD oil with food enhances its bioavailability, allowing more CBD to enter your bloodstream, therefore increasing its effectiveness.
While some manufacturers recommend taking their CBD oil products on an empty stomach for faster results, doing so will decrease its overall potency.
One way to avoid taking your CBD oil with food is to use a CBD tincture sublingually, which allows the CBD to bypass the digestive system and enter the bloodstream through mucous membranes in the mouth.
What is the best time of day to take CBD oil?
There is no perfect time of day to use CBD oil. Because it’s important to keep your CBD servings consistent, the ideal time to use CBD oil is when it best fits into your schedule. You’ll need to monitor how long the effects last for you to figure out the best times throughout the day for your servings.
If you find CBD produces an awakening effect, it may be helpful to use it in the mornings or early afternoons. However, if you feel drowsy after taking CBD or are using it to promote healthier sleep habits, it’s probably best to limit your servings to the evening hours.
For most people, the important factor is that you’re taking your CBD oil at the same time every day to ensure its effects are consistent.
Where can you find high-quality CBD oil?
When you buy CBD online, stick to vendors who invest in third-party lab tests and provide only reputable, US-manufactured products. Hemp oil is expensive to produce at the highest purity and quality standards, so you should steer clear of any suspiciously cheap offer or product, as it may contain substances you don’t want to ingest. Check out our best CBD oil page to discover some of the most popular product types.
CBD OIL FOR Pets (Dosage)
Science says that CBD is well tolerated in humans in doses up to 1500 mg (10), so anything less than that should not cause any problems.
Now, the trick to getting the CBD dosage right is to start with a low (minimum) dose and gradually increase the dosage until you feel better. Only then should you keep it at that level for up to 90 days or longer.
A good starting CBD dose for most people would be a total of 12 mg of CBD a day, applied in 3 times.
For people who suffer from medium to high severity of symptoms, this starting dosage can go up to 22-30 mg of CBD a day.
For epilepsy patients, 3 mg/kg a day for 30 days is a good starting dose and the one used in several CBD positive studies.
However, there is a big obstacle in CBD dosing and that is the fact that patients cannot figure out how to calculate their CBD dosage and how many drops to take.
When you buy a CBD product, for example oil, its producer should provide information on how much CBD is in every milliliter (gram). Then you can calculate how much CBD is in every drop (1 ml=20 drops) and figure out your dosing.
Let me illustrate this with an example:
Let’s say that you just bought a bottle of CBD oil from a licensed producer in Canada.
You paid $100 for a 45 ml bottle and the product label claims that the CBD content inside it is 26 mg/ml.
You’re a first time user who suffers from mild anxiety, so you decide to start your therapy with 12 mg of CBD per day.
But how many drops is that?
Well, since there are 20 drops in 1 ml and each ml contains 26 mg of CBD, then 20 drops of your CBD oil give you 26 mg of CBD.
If you divide the CBD content per milliliter with 20, you can find out how much CBD is in a single drop — in this case we have 26/20=1.3. Our fictional oil provides 1.3 ml of CBD per drop.
Remember, you need 12 mg of CBD per day at first, so 9-10 drops of this particular fictional oil per day will help you meet your daily dose.
In this case, your starting therapy would be 3-4 drops of CBD oil, 3 times a day.
You can do the same with CBD-rich flowers, as 1 gram is equal to 1 milliliter.
As I previously mentioned, it takes up to 2 hours for CBD to kick in, so after each application wait a bit and see how you respond.
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