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Old 11-26-2007, 08:20 PM #1
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Tincture, Revisited

Here's my latest experiment-
4 grams high quality trim (about 1/2 actual bits of bud,the rest crystally bud leaves) in 8 oz organic 190 proof grain alcohol.
I let it it sit a couple of weeks,shaking ocasionally, then pressed it in an herb press, recovering virtually all the alcohol.

In a mason jar with the lid sitting on top but not screwed on, I put it in a pot of water and brought to a boil. When the tincture itself started boiling (around 170 F) I let it go for about 15 minutes.Volume was reduced slightly, but I didn't boil off all that much.

Mixed 2 TBS (= 1 fluid oz, so around 1/2 gm of weed) in some water with a splash of lemon, and drank on a fairly empty stomach. Started feeling something in around an hour, and was definitely high in 2 hrs. Got a medium buzz-nothing too intense. I'll probably double the dose next time. Note I have a pretty low tolerance for a regular toker.

The tincture, both before and after boiling, has what looks like trichomes that settle out to the bottom, like a thin layer of sand. Perhaps the alcohol is saturated? I don't think I'd want to make it with a higher proportion of alcohol, since an adaquate dose would then equal 2-3 strong drinks.

Plenty more trim, so next up, butter...!
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:07 AM #2
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Follow the butter brick road! I think cannabutter is tops! It really is my favorite way to ingest THC. It will only take a single cookie, brownie, or whatever to get you blazed out of your mind.
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:35 PM #3
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imo you have no need to soak for 2 weeks, i usually make my tinctures in an hour or so.. however i am a huge fan of them, and favor them over edibles on many occasions due to the speed of medication that a tincture brings... its also rather indiscreet and many times less of a taste issue than with ganja food if that is an obstacle.

ive been thinking about possibly making a large batch of tincture something like a pint maybe.. i just dont know how long it would remain viable for.
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:34 PM #4
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imo you have no need to soak for 2 weeks,
No doubt- I just let it sit around till I felt like pressing it...
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I made a tincture recently, using ISO oil and Bacardi 151. Unfortunately I didn't measure how much ISO oil I used. Volume-wise it could have been about 6 - 10 pea size balls (1 cm balls).

Added the ISO oil to 750 ml of Bacardi 151. I got all the oil out of the container by soaking it in the Bacardi -- it's an excellent solvent! Heated the entire bottle for about 30 minutes, not quite boiling the alcohol. Not boiling it down, just trying to cover my bases a bit in case there is something to the heating/decarboxylization/activation thing.

1 - 1.5 capfuls of this tincture keeps me happy for most of the evening. I do have a low tolerance, though...

I also see a similar settling / sediment layer at the bottom if the bottle sits still for a day. Shaking the bottle for a 5-10 seconds mixes it back up, and it seems to stay in suspension for hours and hours.

So far it's my favorite cannabis ingestion method
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:56 PM #6
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So far it's my favorite cannabis ingestion method
Much as I enjoy drinking alcohol in various forms, I can't see this replacing a quick toke or 2!
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:00 PM #7
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I get pretty paranoid about the smell from smoking, since I spend a lot of time, day and night, around people who shouldn't know about my preferences. With a strong tincture mix the amount of alcohol is pretty low, maybe 1/4 of a shot for me.
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:33 AM #8
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Trying it for the first time, mixed up 50ml of Gin and Chronic

I felt something right away, different from smoking, I gulped it down and immediately all the stress in my face dissapeared.. was very nice, like all the tension just vanished a split second after shooting it. Something is going on but its being slow, I might mix up another 50ml of the chronic and tonic in a few hours if this doesn't get better by then.

Ohh and the trichs are suspended in the alky, looks weird.
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I made some tincture last year, I filled a masson jar with good shake and then everclear. I let it sit for 2 months, shaking every other day. then I strained it and let it sit open so some of the alcohol could evaporate.
I remember the first tilme I tested it I was playin gears of war online, sippin on a little wine glass half full. after an hour I didnt know what the fuck I was doin, I was lost, I had to go pick up my girl from work too, I was fucked up. after that a poored it in the little medicine dripper bottles, everyone loved it, tasted hella nasty though so I added honey... Next time Im gonna heat it up...
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Haha, glad i saw this thread. One of of my good buddies got a big ass mason jar full of this stuff. It was put in 151, adn however it was made thats what was used. He'd sell a vile(not sure how its spelled, like a vile to shoot liquid) with it to sell for 20 bucks for the whole shot, or these mini things for 5 bucks. id get like 2 of the mini things n get a nice ass body high/buzz. The one time i took a whole shot thing of it, damn i was high beyond belief
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