Tinctures have been used for more than a millennium. When the Egyptians figured out how to distill alcohol, they may have invented them. Distilled alcohol was utilized to keep plants alive and create medicines. Turmeric, echinacea, milk thistle, valerian, elderberry, and cannabis are some of the most popular herbs and plants that can be used to make tinctures.
Some plants, such as willow, ashwaganda, and peppermint, can be consumed in tinctures. The alcohol extracts the plant’s active components. Although making your own tincture at home is a good choice because you know exactly what you’re putting into it, buying tincture is an option.
What is a green dragon tincture?
The term “Green dragon tincture” sometimes known as “golden dragon tincture,” refers to cannabis tinctures in general. Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based liquid cannabis products. Tincture production is one of the oldest methods still utilized today, and it’s especially popular among patients using medical marijuana. Plant materials are soaked in alcohol to dissolve the cannabinoids and terpenes, which are then infused into the solution.
Cannabis tinctures are most often prepared with a solvent that is between 50 and 120 proof, or 25 and 60% alcohol concentration. The higher the proof, the better, since the greater amount of alcohol dissolves the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material more effectively as well as having a longer shelf life, up to 10 years. Other solvents such as vinegar or glycerin can also be used; however, they are less successful in removing cannabinoids from cannabis plant materials.
Many online resources, however, point to Master Wu’s Green Dragon recipe — a particular tincture-making method that generates a final product in significantly less time than other methods. Many tincture recipes need weeks for the alcohol to extract cannabinoids from plant material – Master Wu’s Green Dragon takes just 20 minutes altogether.
Continue reading to learn how to produce both classic and Master Wu’s Green Dragon tincture, as well as a number of other useful tips for your herb garden.
Making green dragon tincture at home
Before you get started you will need:
- An oven
- A shallow baking pan
- A saucepan ( for use with alternative Master Wu method)
- Parchment paper
- A Mason jar
- Cannabis flower
- Pure grain alcohol of 90% strength or higher (Everclear works great)
If you’re using fresh cannabis that hasn’t been decarboxylated, follow these instructions.
Place a layer of cannabis on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 220 degrees. Because ovens vary in temperature, getting the heat spot on may be difficult. Placing the cookie sheet on the rack in the middle of your oven will help keep everything even! Your cannabis should look somewhat toasted brownish and feel dry to the touch when finished.
To make a tincture with an ounce of cannabis, use 16 fluid ounces of alcohol. Use the amounts of 7 grams of marijuana for every 4 fl. oz.
Why do people like green dragon tinctures?
Green dragon tinctures are commonly preferred over other cannabis consumption techniques for a variety of reasons, including effectiveness and personal taste. Tinctures are easy to consume for some people and simply require putting an eyedropper with liquid.
Green dragon tinctures are appreciated for their rapid onset and lengthy duration, which is uncommon with edible cannabinoids. Green dragon tinctures’ effects typically begin in approximately 15 minutes and last up to five hours, compared to edibles like cookies, pastries, and other sweet foods that take longer to work. Green dragon tinctures also have less of the unpleasant side effects associated with eating edibles because they are absorbed straight into your circulation rather than being processed by the liver and transformed into the more powerful 11-hydroxy-THC. In comparison to edibles like cookies, cakes, and other sweet delicacies, green dragon tinctures are a low-calorie option.
Green dragon tinctures, when compared to smoking cannabis, avoid the risk of breathing toxins generated by burning plant material. Tinctures are also far more inconspicuous than smoking because they have no smell and require no upkeep.
Why do people hate green dragon tinctures?
Green dragon tinctures aren’t for everyone, as they have a rapid onset and are quite discreet. It might be unpleasant to put any liquid under your tongue and try not to swallow it, since some people do so and their bodies break down the tincture through the liver, resulting in longer and more powerful effects.
Green dragon tinctures can be difficult to dose since the amounts involved are so small. The quantities of substances in cannabis tinctures are extremely tiny, and it’s possible that a little error could go unnoticed for hours or days after dosing. It’s also important not to overdose on green dragon tinctures; instead, it’s vital to take only what your body requires. Dosing is another difficulty with green dragon tinctures because the dosages are so little. Because potency varies depending on the THC content in the cannabis used, alcohol proof, variances in cooking methods, and how each person’s body responds to the cannabis tincture, home-made recipes might be tough to measure accurately.
Master Wu’s Method VS Traditional Method
After you’ve completed the tincture preparation, you have two options.
Grate the cannabis finely with a cheese grater or food processor, then shake it through a filter to remove any stems and seeds. Store the liquid in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for at least several weeks. Once every day, carefully shake the mixture until fully combined. Strain the liquid through a paper filter after waiting one month and separating the plant material. Protecting the liquid from light and making it easy to use are two priorities when storing it in a dark glass bottle, preferably with a dropper.
Master Wu’s Method:
Fill the sauce pan halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Using a thermometer, keep the temperature constant while heating the water to 170° in the sauce pan. Place the mason jar into boiling water for 20 minutes after sealing in the alcohol and cannabis mixture.
When the time is up, remove the jar from the pan of water and set it on a towel to cool. You’ll then souche out the cannabis just as you would with traditional extraction. For this method, it’s best to use a dark dropper bottle.
The key difference is that, with the conventional process for creating tinctures, you must wait weeks before they are ready to use. It’s immediately usable in Master Wu’s tincture method.
Finally, making green dragon may be hazardous on its own, which is why most people choose the conventional approach that doesn’t require heating. Alcohol is combustible, and heating it might be dangerous. While it cooks, keep an eye on the thermometer to ensure that it does not exceed 100°C (212°F).