Not every stoner likes smoking. And some can’t afford to smoke, usually for health reasons. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives. From edibles and lotions to wax and CBD oil, there are countless ways to ingest cannabis.
Tinctures are particularly effective. They’re also easier to make, and ideal for patients who use medical marijuana. Unlike most other methods of consumption, tinctures can be delivered in consistent doses, which is especially helpful to patients. And they’re easy to use in making pot edibles.
How is a tincture made? It’s a fairly basic process. You need weed (duh), a good electric grinder or blender, Everlcear or other high-proof alcohol, cheesecloth, a small funnel, a quart-size Mason jar, a liquid measuring cup, and tincture bottles with brown or blue tint.
First, grind your weed in a coffee grinder, blender, or food processor. Get it good and small, but don’t grind it into a powder.
Next you need to decarboxylate the cannabis. Decarb, as it’s known, is a reaction that turns a chemical called THCA into THC, the substance in processed weed that gets you high.
When you smoke pot, decarb is automatic. But when you’re preparing a tincture, whether for direct use or for cooking purposes, you need to decarb in an oven.
Simply put your weed in a Pyrex container with a lid, and preheat your oven to about 250 degrees. Put the dish inside and let it bake for about 15 minutes.
Now put the decarbed marijuana into a Mason jar with a lid. Get the highest-proof booze you can find (if you can’t get Everclear, Bacardi 151 rum works just fine) and pour it into the jar until the weed is completely submerged. Next, seal the lid and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
Ideally, you should let your mixture sit for about five days in the freezer, or about a month in another dark place. Shake the jar twice each day. Once you’ve let it sit for long enough, take it out of hiding.
By now, most of the cannabis should have dissolved into the alcohol. Pour the alcohol into the measuring cup. Use the funnel to pour your tincture into the small vials.
Finally, consume! Use the eyedropper inside the vials to deliver several drops under your tongue. Swallowing also works. The drops could sting considerably, especially if you don’t wait long enough before consuming. But 10-15 drops should do the job very well. Best of all, you can measure a consistent dose each and every time.