A cannabis tincture, also called “green dragon,” is a concentrated liquid form of marijuana. It is a simple way for patients to take their medication and is one of the oldest methods of consumption. In fact, tinctures were the most common type of cannabis medicine in the United States before the prohibition began in 1937.
While there is an abundance of cannabis-infused products in the market today, tinctures are still popular for medical use. Patients who need to take regular doses throughout the day may find tinctures handy.
Benefits of Using Cannabis Tinctures
Proper dosage control.
Tinctures are easy to take. Just place a few drops under the tongue, also known as sublingual administration, to allow your body to absorb the medicine faster. Start with 1mL and if you’re satisfied with the results, you’re done. Otherwise, try 2mL the next day and so on until you find the right dose.
You may feel the effects in as little as 15 to 45 minutes and reach your peak high at about 90 minutes.
No smoking involved.
Patients who smoke marijuana may experience respiratory issues. Using tinctures will help you obtain the same medical benefits without burning the plant.
Longer shelf life.
Unlike edibles, if tinctures are stored in a cool, dark place, they should last for years.
More discreet than smoking.
Smoking or vaporizing cannabis can emit a scent and draw unwanted attention in your neighborhood. Tinctures, on the other hand, are far more portable and discreet.
How to Make Cannabis Tinctures
If you want to make your own tinctures at home, here’s a vegetable glycerine tincture recipe from Cannabis Lifestyle TV.
- Cheese cloth
- Nitrile gloves
- Vegetable glycerine
- Mason jar full of cannabis trim and/or shake
- Empty jar
- Pour vegetable glycerine into cannabis filled jar
- Close jar and let sit for 60 days. Gently flip the jar over every day.
- After soaking period is done, pour mixture through a cheese cloth and funnel into a clean jar.
- Store in a cool, dark place or transfer the liquid in a dark brown medicine bottle with eyedropper.
- Add a few drops to your meals and beverages. Enjoy!
With a medical marijuana card, you can purchase tinctures at any dispensary. Check out our listings to find medication near you.
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