Tinctures are all the rage right now; they’re quick, convenient and east to dose, yet they intimidate lots of people. Fear not, Canndora Club, went to the master of all things related to cannabis infusions- Siobhan of Blyssful Alchemy, to learn all about tinctures and what makes them so great!
What’s a tincture?
Full disclosure, prior to this workshop, I didn’t really know what a tincture was; I would see something written about tinctures and scroll right past it. Turns out there’s nothing complicated or scary about tinctures. Simply put, a tincture is an alcohol based cannabis extract, which means that all of the cannabinoids that make cannabis great are stripped from the plant matter and infused into the alcohol.
How can you use tinctures?
You can use tinctures in a variety of ways; stick a drop under the tongue, put it in a drink or use it as an ingredient to make edibles. Tinctures are especially great to put in things that don’t need to be heated like smoothies and juices, jello, salad dressing, ice cream and even cocktails.
Why are tinctures so great?
Tinctures are great because you need to take very little of it and as mentioned above, it’s very versatile. Having a quick, discreet way to consume cannabis is important, especially for medical users who need access to their medicine at all times.
How do you make a tincture?
For our tinctures there’s only two ingredients- kief and high-proof alcohol. We made two batches; for one batch we used 4 grams of Indica kief and half a cup of Everclear, for the other we used 4 grams of Sativa kief and half a cup of high-proof rum.
- Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees Celsius
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper!)
- Weigh out Kief and place it on the parchment paper
- Fold up parchment paper over kief (like a little envelope/ package)
Note: if you’re making more than one kind label the parchment paper so you can identify which is which.
- Put in oven for 30 minutes
- While the kief is decarbing pour the high-proof alcohol into a mason jar
- Once kief is done decarbing, pour into mason jar. To avoid making a mess, using a funnel if needed is recommended.
- Seal mason jar
- Shake jar for three Minutes
- Let the tincture sit for at least a month and shake it daily
- Double or triple strain using reusable coffee filter or similar very fine strainer.
Note: You can take out a smaller amount to strain and use while leaving the rest to continue to infuse, creating two dose strengths.
Storing your tincture
Tinctures can last for over a year. Store in a cool, dry place and make sure it’s properly sealed when not in use.
Dosing your tincture
“Start low and go slow” applies to tinctures as well. If you don’t have an eye dropper or syringe with measurements, it isn’t a bad idea to pick one up. If you consume cannabis fairly regularly, you can probably start with 1ml; less, if you don’t consume regularly or have a low tolerance level. If that doesn’t seem enough, next time try 1.5ml or 2ml, then so on and so forth.So, do you love tinctures? Excited to try making your own? Let us know in the comments section! And a huge thank you to Siobhan from Blyssful Alchemy for teaching us the ropes about all things infused!