Marijuana Tincture: What it is, and How to Make it

Marijuana tincture has rapidly gained popularity in recent years among medical cannabis patients. But what is it, and how do you make it?

Marijuana tincture

Marijuana tincture is a liquid form of cannabis that’s typically ingested by placing a few drops under the tongue; it can also be added to foods or drinks. Typically marijuana tinctures are made using alcohol; however, they can also be made using vegetable glycerin. Below we provide a recipe for marijuana tincture using alcohol, as well as one using glycerin.

 

Marijuana tincture recipe (using vegetable glycerin):

  1. In a Quart Mason Jar combine:
  • 1/4 oz.-1/2 oz. (7-14 grams depending on quality) of Decarboxylated Cannabis (trim, shake or broken up buds) 2 Cups Organic Vegetable Glycerine
  1. Cover with a lid and shake the mixture until material is completely covered with vegetable glycerine.
  2. Line the bottom of a crockpot with a washcloth or folded hand towel and fill halfway with warm water.
  3. Place the sealed jar into the crockpot, cover the crockpot with a lid if it fits, and set it on warm for an entire day (24 hours). Shake occasionally for best results.
  4. Using an oven mitt, remove the jar from the crockpot. Open the jar and allow to cool for at least an hour.
    1. Using cheesecloth or a bubble bag, strain the vegetable glycerine into a small bowl or into another jar. Save the cheesecloth bag of leftover material and make a batch of High Chai.
  5. Transfer vegetable glycerine tincture into dropper bottles using a small funnel (optional).

Source: MerryJane.com

 

Marijuana tincture recipe (using alcohol):

What You Need:

  • Glass jar with glass lid; mason jars work best (Note:  Size doesn’t matter. Just make sure to use a jar that is large enough to remain at least ¼ empty at the top after the ground cannabis is added.)
  • Cannabis, coarsely ground
  • Everclear (or highest-proof alcohol you can find; Bacardi 151 works well) – 3 – 6 grams of cannabis per 1 fluid ounce of alcohol is a recommended proportion. Make sure the amount of alcohol can fully cover the ground cannabis in the jar.
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth

Steps:

  1. Add the coarsely ground cannabis to your jar. Pour alcohol on top of the cannabis, covering it by at least 2 inches.
  2. Seal the lid tight on the jar and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Place jar in freezer.
  3. Remove jar from freezer at least twice a day to shake.
  4. Repeat process for at least 5 days. The potency of the tincture depends on how long your cannabis infuses and how much you shake it.
  5. Lay 2 sheets of cheesecloth inside your strainer and place the strainer over a bowl.
  6. Pour contents from jar carefully over the cheesecloth and through the strainer to extract any plant waste. Repeat filtration process if necessary to remove as much excess plant material as possible.
  7. Wait for all the liquid to pass through then bundle up the waste in the cheesecloth and squeeze out any remaining tincture.
  8. Pour into glass container or fill dropper bottles. Store tincture in a cool and dark place (refrigerator or freezer is fine).

Source: EatYourCannabis.com

 

Dosage information:

Marijuana tinctures are probably the easiest form of cannabis to administer consistently; once you find the proper dose for you, it’s easy to replicate it. It’s also easy to lower or raise as you see fit.

We recommend starting with a small dose, such as 1-2mL once or twice a day. If you don’t receive the desired effects, increase the dose by 1-2mL each time until you do.

 

Nevada Bill Would Legalize Medical Cannabis for Pets, Remove Per Se Cannabis DUID Law

Companion Cannabis, a medical cannabis tincture for dogs and cats by Holistic Therapeutics. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Companion Cannabis, a medical cannabis tincture for dogs and cats by California-based Holistic Therapeutics. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Legislation that would make several changes to Nevada’s medical cannabis law has been introduced in the state’s Legislature. One of the changes the bill would make is to allow pets to use medical cannabis obtained by their owners, and to alter a law that finds a person guilty of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) if they’re caught driving with THC in their system.

Senate Bill 372, sponsored by Senator Tick Segerblom, would allow animal owners to obtain medical cannabis on behalf of their pets if a veterinarian certifies that an animal has an illness that might be helped by the medicine. This would make Nevada the first state in the nation to officially legalize medical cannabis for animals.

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Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Extracts in North Carolina

CBD Tincture

North Carolina’s Senate, with a unanimous vote, has passed House Bill 1220, a measure to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes. The proposal has already passed the state’s House (111 to 2 vote), but will go back for one final vote (which is expected to happen quickly) for heading to Governor Pat McCrory for consideration.

A bottle of tincture made from cannabis extracts.
A bottle of tincture made from cannabis extracts.

If approved into law, HB 1220 will allow for the possession of cannabis extracts that are low in THC and high in CBD, for those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a neurologist and subsequently become registered with the state’s Department of Health. Neurologists would be authorized to dispense the medicine, and a provision in the bill allows and encourages colleges in the state to study cannabidiol as a potential treatment for “intractable childhood epilepsy”.

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Missouri House Gives Approval to Measure Legalizing Medical Cannabis Extracts

Missouri’s House of Representatives has given approval to a measure which would legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes. missouri

Under House Bill 2238, the state’s Department of Agriculture would be authorized to produce, manufacture and distribute cannabis extract that’s low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in CBD (cannabidiol). Those who receive a recommendation from a neurologist would be allowed to possess up to 20 ounces. The proposal also requires the state to certify a higher education institution to cultivate cannabis for research purposes.

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Medical Cannabis Measures Becomes Law in Mississippi

Mississippi House Bill 1231, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposesmississippisign, has been signed into law by the state’s governor.

Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1st (and is named after Harper Grace Durval, a 22-month-old girl who has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy), the possession of low-THC cannabis extracts such as cannabis oil and tincture will be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. The University of Mississippi Medical Center would be authorized to dispense the medicine.

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Wisconsin Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Extract Legalization Measure Into Law

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 726, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes, into law. The measure was approved overwhelmingly by the state’s legislature, including being passed unanimously by the Senate.

Cannabis oil.
Cannabis oil.

Under the new law, practitioners are authorized to recommend, as well as distribute, cannabis extract such as oil or tincture that’s low in THC (tetrahydocannabinol), and high in CBD (cannabidiol). Governor Walker’s signature marks the third state in the last week – including Kentucky and Alabama – that has legalized medical cannabis extracts.

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Alabama Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed Senate Bill 174, a medical cannabis proposal whichconsumecannabisdotcom was passed unanimously by the state’s House and Senate.

Under the new law, the University of Alabama’s Department of Neurology will be authorized to prescribe, produce and distribute low-THC cannabis extracts (such as cannabis oil and tincture) to those with seizure disorders.

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Utah Doctors Endorse Legalizing Medical Cannabis For Children’s Epilepsy, Legislation Forthcoming

Three Utah doctors, including a neurologist from the University of Utah, have announced their support for allowing medical cannabis extracts (such as tinctures) and oils to be used by children who suffer from seizures.mmjlogo

In a letter sent to the state’s Controlled Substances Advisory Committee, pediatric neurologist Dr. Francis Filloux said that liquid forms of medical cannabis high in cannabinoids are a promising option for treating children with epilepsy. He says that refusing to legalize the substance would be “making the decision to limit access of our children to a potentially life-improving therapy”.

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