*NOTE* – Before proceeding please be advised that the following instructional will create a medicinal cannabis tincture that is exceedingly potent. Self titration of dose should start at 1 mL (dropperful) and move up by 1 mL increments until desired effects are achieved. Many patients feel they have a huge tolerance so they “go big or go home.” Oftentimes these folks get WAAAY more than they have bargained for. Nearly every patient I have met finds the sweet spot for medicating with a mL number they can count on a single hand. Please remember that Cannabis has never killed anyone but an overdose can be quite unpleasant, so take ‘er easy dude.
*MEDICAL USE DISCLAIMER* – Also note that this recipe is intended for medical marijuana patients who have permission to use cannabis for their ailments as per state law. I myself am a Medical Marijuana patient in the state of Connecticut and do not approve of this recipe being used by anyone without a medical cannabis card.
*SAFETY HAZARD* – This recipe also calls for using Ethanol and heat – which can be a fire hazard if caution is not used. Please do not use any open flames or smoke when you are making tincture. Ensure you do this in a well ventilated area.
First thing’s first
It is very important that one first reads and/or attempts my previous blog post The Ultimate Cannabis Tincture Pictorial – Bringing Tincture Back prior to moving forward with this recipe. My previous tincture post covers some basic history, dosage information and other critical info about this stuff. This post on bulk tinctures explains how to leverage the Magical Butter MB2 to facilitate the tincture making process when using more meds.
If you have not read the previous post, please do so now.
Master Wu Executive Summary – Magical Butter Method
1 ounce (28 grams) of high quality medicinal cannabis
2 cups (16 ounces) of 95% Grain Alcohol (look for Everclear or Grave’s Grain brands in the U.S.A.)
1. Decarb whole buds in oven @325 degrees for 5 minutes
2. Measure out 2 cups of ethanol (grain alcohol)
3. Add 1 oz of cannabis to 2 cups of ethanol in the Magical Butter
4. Set temp to 160 degrees and press 4 hour tincture button
5. Filter and funnel into bottles
Please note this tincture if left as 2 cups is half strength without reducing the end volume to 1 cup. Depending on your tolerance this may be beneficial or you may wish to reduce the 2 cups to 1 cup of tincture. You can do so via a double boiler – or folks report good results using a rice cooker to evaporate off half the ethanol. Please note in the below dosage we are assuming your top shelf cannabis is between 15-20% THC. Also note, there are many variables in cannabis potency and preparation methods. Ultimately tinctures will vary batch by batch and should be subject to self titration, please start slowly and work your way up.
The dosage for the recipe as is:
1 dropperful = .05 grams of cannabis = 7.5-10 mg THC.
The dosage for this recipe when the 2 cups of end product are reduced to 1 cup:
1 dropperful = .1 grams of cannabis = 15-20 mg THC.
The metabolism of THC differs significantly when digested than it does when smoked/vaporized. Even experienced users may find themselves surprised at how high they are when first consuming cannabis. In fact, most negative experiences have stemmed from mass overconsumption of cannabis edibles. In gut metabolism or PO administration (oral), substances can have a much longer duration of effect than when smoked/vaporized. As per my previous tincture post, .1 grams of cannabis ingested usually lasts around 5 hours while .2 can last around 8 hours. When the user goes up further, cannabis can last the better part of a day and there are reports of feeling high even the next day!
As always, take ‘er easy and start slow. As a side note, in Colorado edibles are limited to 10 mg of THC content per serving. Also, the chemotherapy Marinol (Dronabinol) or synthetic THC comes in 2.5 mg, 5 mg and 10 mg. 10 mg is the largest dose with a maximum recommended dose of 20 mg/day. Granted, Marinol does not have CBD which is a cannabinoid which can mitigate some of the negative side effects of THC… At any rate, would a new user of cannabis smoke a whole joint of high grade cannabis to the head? Probably not, which is why people tend to have negative experiences with edible cannabis as they tend to consume MUCH larger doses than they should. I could go on and on and on about this subject but the bottom line is to start slow. Physicians often recommend that the best dose is the lowest possible dose in which symptoms can be controlled – this is to mitigate side effects of the medication.
Enough with the negative talk about folks biting off more than they can chew with edibles. Unfortunately if folks aren’t warned then they will often go apeshit with dose and regret it. The fact of the matter is, is that no one has ever died from an overdose of cannabis. Cannabis is one of the safest medicines known to man and have been used for thousands of years. The positive healing effects of medicinal cannabis are perhaps best felt when ingested. Many folks who try tincture often fall in love with the long-lasting relief it provides and the unbeatable body high.
Tincture is a very underrated way to ingest cannabis, which is quite hard for me to fathom. This method is extremely efficient compared to smoking and is discreet. The patient is able to be medicated for hours on end without having to inhale any harsh smoke. Please share this with other MMJ patients and I’d love to hear your experience or comments below in the comments section – thanks!
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