Hi guys this will be my third tincture related post. You folks seem to really dig the tincture stuff so we are going to show you how to make a really solid medicine, simply. This medicine when using the correct strain is a perfect substitute for narcotics in that it will help relieve pain, insomnia and anxiety without the negative side effects of opioids.
We will be using the metric system as opposed to American Standard system as it is more accurate and scientific (Man I wish the U.S. would switch…). In the past I recommended 1 ounce of bud to 2 cups ethanol (a cup is around 250 mL, 237 to be exact). We will keep the same ratios but it makes most sense to make a good amount of tincture when we do so, so we don’t have to waste time making multiple batches. Therefore I recommend the following:
2 ounces cannabis to 1 liter (1000 mL) of ethanol.
*NOTE* – For medical conditions such as pain, spasms and insomnia, I highly recommend strains with afghani lineage which tend to be higher in CBD/CBN content and more narcotic. The finest from my experience are: Herijuana, Black Domina, Afghani, Real kushes like Hindu, Blackberry, Purple, Master, Afghani etc. Also Grand Daddy Purple, Purple Urkel, Blueberry etc. are solid indica strains for medicine.
*NOTE on DECARBOXYLATION* – Decarboxylation is the process of converting THCA to THC via heat. THCA has antinflammatory, neuroprotective, antiemetic and anti-prostate cancer effects but lacks psychoactive effects. So I actually don’t decarb my tincture anymore as I prefer the medicinal benefits of having the THCA in my tincture. If one is after a more psychoactive high and doesn’t care as much for the medicinal aspect, one may want to do a manual decarb prior to proceeding with making tincture. Ultimately, I have done both and prefer non manually decarboxylated tincture for my needs. Patients I have shared it with don’t seem to notice a difference. In my opinion, if most folks can’t tell the difference – we may as well keep the Cannabis as medicinal as possible and it has the advantage of tasting better while not stinking up the whole house with the decarb cycle 🙂 Win/win if you ask me.
Please keep in mind our Medicinal cannabis will absorb some of the ethanol and there will be evaporation and/or spillage to account for. Thus we will not be left with 1 liter of tincture, but rather slightly less. All we need to do to calculate potency is divide our cannabis by total tincture volume after processing. If we use 2 ounces (56 grams) of cannabis tested at 20% THC levels, we see how many mL of tincture are left after the process. So if we are left with 900 mL, the formula to calculate THC percentage is as follows:
(Cannabis in grams) / (Tincture in mL) x (THC by weight) = (THC per mL of tincture)
So to calculate the above example we would do the following:
56/900 = .062 grams of cannabis per mL. .062 * .2 = .0124
This means we get roughly 12 mg of THC per mL. Please keep in mind this is assuming 100% efficiency in extracting and measurements may not be exact, but it is a very good ballpark of how potent your tincture is. The only way to know exactly how strong it is is by having it tested at a laboratory. This is why when making batches with different variables (strength and amount of cannabis, volume and strength of ethanol, etc.) it is important to self titrate to see how it effects you.
If it is your first time trying tincture, try half a mL or around 5 mg of THC and go from there. Keep in mind it kicks in around an hour and peaks general in 2-3 hours with a total duration of around 5 hours for moderate doses. Marinol (Prescribed THC for cancer patients) comes in 2.5, 5 and 10 mg sizes and edibles in Colorado are limited to 10 mg max per serving size. Personally I find THC to be similar in strength per mg to how opiates such as hydrocodone or oxycodone effect me. That is 5-10 mg is recommended for a non tolerant individual. Doses above 10 mg may increase the side effects.
So start slow and take it from there depending on your medical needs. If you are in lots of pain and having trouble sleeping, higher doses may make sense. Please start low and get accustomed to the meds so you aren’t turned off by any adverse effects. The difference between opiates and cannabis is that cannabis has never killed a single person on earth. Opiates on the other hand regularly claim the lives of millions and are physically addictive. Therefore they come with problems that accompany physical addiction. Opiates cause respiratory depression, particularly in higher doses and this effect is even more pronounced when combined with alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates etc. It is unfortunately how a lot of people end up dead.
This magical tincture of “green morphine” as I like to call it:
- Relieves pain
- Helps one sleep
- Increases appetite
- Relieves anxiety
- Eases muscle soreness/spasms
- Non physically addictive unlike opioids
- Helps relieve nausea rather than make one nauseous
This medicine is a win/win. I would postulate this could replace a TON of hydrocodone/oxycodone or even morphine or hydromorphone when used correctly. All in all opioids definitely have a place in our modern pharmacopeia. However, I firmly believe that a strong afghani tincture grown with love and chock full of THC, CBD and CBN can replaced ones opiate based medications or be leveraged as a substitute to reduce narcotic dose. There is some recent scholarly articles in medical journals that discuss the topic of Cannabis being used alongside of opioid based medication to increase the efficacy of the opioids. The result is that people require much less opioids to get the same analgesic effect. This is a great thing!
Prescription painkillers in fact now claim more American lives per year than all illegal drugs combined. Cannabis has never killed a single soul. Please leverage this gift of cannabis tincture wisely and use it for your wellness. Cannabis is one of the most safest medications we can use here on God’s green earth, so stay green folks and count your blessings. God bless you in your journey to wellness. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post in the comment section below or shoot me an email. I’d love to hear from you 🙂