First, as always, we decarb. If you missed my article on fat infusions, what you need to do is heat your cannabis to remove the extra carbon molecule and make the cannabinoids bioavailable. I use a 1:1 ratio, so for 8 oz. of tincture, you’ll want to decarboxylate 8 grams of cannabis. Toast your cannabis in a 250-degree oven for 30 minutes on a lined baking sheet, remove and let cool. Then crumble your plant material into your jar with a lid and fill with the glycerin.
¼ cup crunchy peanut butter (I recommend a quality brand with no added sugar)
Infused glycerin tincture
Put the jar with decarbed flower and glycerin in your slow cooker. Make sure your jar sits on the towel securely and that the lid to the jar is also secured tightly.
For the best result, make sure your mixing bowl and beaters are well chilled. Pour the cream into your cold mixing bowl and start to mix on low. With the beaters going, add the tincture, cornstarch, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and salt, if using.
Glass jar with lid
Of all the many different ways to consume cannabis, a tincture is definitely one of the easiest to make and administer. Tinctures are also flexible in that they can be made either strong or subtle according to the user’s preference. Tinctures are also very discreet and can be taken throughout the day and on-the-go by simply applying drops directly under the tongue or to beverages such as tea, coffee, and juices.
Tinctures are super easy to make and highly effective. Choose your preferred strain, gather the right equipment, and you’ll have a useful tincture ready in around a day!
Users can choose to take tinctures either orally or sublingually. Oral administration will produce longer effects, yet will take a while to set in. The sublingual route has higher bioavailability, but the effect won’t last as long. Some cannabis users also prefer tinctures due to their full-spectrum nature. Isolated cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are both powerful and useful, yet the presence of additional molecules such as terpenes can enhance the effects of cannabinoids via a process known as the entourage effect.
Tinctures can be made using numerous extraction agents such as alcohol and honey, however, this guide will focus of using vegetable glycerine. Vegetable glycerine is a clear and odourless liquid that is produced from plant oils such as palm, soy, and coconut oils. Glycerine is sometimes used in cosmetics, so be sure that you source yours from a good supplier and for the intent of human consumption. Although glycerine is considered a weaker solvent than alcohol, it offers a sweet taste and is ideal for those trying to entirely avoid alcohol use.
In fact, compared to alcohol and oil-based solvents, which can extract over 90% of cannabinoids from the plant, VG only pulls out less than 10%! That means if you are trying to extract cannabinoids from the activated flower into VG, you are missing out on over 85% of the available THC and will end up with very few of the cannabinoids in the final tincture. So don’t expect a strong tincture if you use VG as a solvent for your extractions.
You can do an alcohol extraction with Everclear, which is a quick and easy process. Just decarb your flower, add Everclear and the decarbed flower into a jar and shake.
So why is VG so popular, and how do you use it the right way?
Decarbing and blending concentrates is an easy way to make potent tinctures.
As a result, you don’t want to use VG as your infusion/extraction solvent.
Here’s the catch – VG might taste great, but since it doesn’t contain fat or alcohol, it is not an effective infusion medium.