Tinctures can be incorporated after cooking into all sorts of meals and drinks – if you can name it, you can put tincture on it!
This is a simple and efficient process for hot extraction:
1/8oz high quality cannabis
2 oz Bacardi Rum – 151 proof
1. Chop cannabis very fine
2. Place in a shallow pan and bake at 325°F for 4-5 minutes. THC vaporizes at about 380°F. We want to heat the cannabis to convert THCA to THC, but keep the temperature under 380°F. That is why 325°F is used. Between four and five minutes your oven (and house) will start to smell very strong. This is the time to remove the cannabis from the oven.
3. Remove from oven and place cannabis and place in 2 oz of rum. Use the highest proof alcohol available. The more alcohol the more efficient the extraction will be.
4. Simmer in a water bath for 20 minutes. Maintain temperature of the rum/cannabis mixture between 150°F – 165°F. Heating the alcohol mixture can be done very safely using a hot water bath. You will need an accurate candy or quick read thermometer.The rum/cannabis mixture should be in a small (1 pint) mason jar. Do NOT cover the jar. If the mixture starts to bubble too much, just turn down the water bath.The purpose of the simmering is to heat the alcohol mixture to improve extraction rates and efficiencies. Heating during extraction increases the motion of the molecules and drastically decreases extraction times. The boiling point of pure ethanol is 173°F (78°C).
5. Strain the mixture and store. The liquid should be dark green and smell like cannabis.
Tincture dosages are easy to self-titrate, or measure. Start with 1mL of your finished tincture and put it under your tongue. If you’re happy with the effects, you’re done. Otherwise, try 2mL the next day and so on until you find the volume you’re happy with.
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