Like other marijuana items, liquid THC has a variety of names. The hyper-technical cannabis tincture is one example. Liquid THC is another name for it. And then there are the many and inevitable slang terms like green dragon, mayzack, and tink that always seem to appear out of nowhere in some spy drama, such as code names.
Regardless of what you call it, liquid THC has seen a dramatic increase in popularity in recent years. The introduction of vape pens and the greater availability of marijuana dispensaries across the United States are responsible for this rise in demand.
Despite its growing popularity, liquid THC maintains a lot of mystery and misinformation. What exactly is it? How is it prepared? What form does it take? How does it work? What are the effects of using it? And what are the potential hazards associated with it? This article will answer all of those questions.
What Is Liquid THC?
A tincture is a cannabis extract that has been infused with alcohol. A tincture is an alcoholic solution that has been used to isolate the active component of a substance. The active ingredient in most tinctures is going to be THC from powerful strains such as Bruce Banner or Death Star, although you can make a CBD tincture by using high-CBD/low-THC varieties like Charlotte’s Web or Sour Tsunami.
Tinctures are made from a wide selection of plants, plant combinations, and even animal products. Garlic, hyssop, and sage are just a few examples of popular medicinal tinctures. A cannabis tincture, as the name indicates, is simply a tincture prepared with cannabis plants.
Oils, tinctures, vinegars, and glycerins are just a few of the other liquids that may be used to make tinctures. In addition, any type of alcohol can be utilized to make a tincture, including but not limited to vodka, brandy, and ethanol.
How Is Liquid THC Made?
Tinctures, as well as liquid THC in particular, can be prepared in a number of different ways. The cold-brew process is the most traditional way of making tinctures at room temperature, but there are several variations on it. Here’s how to make each one.
The Room-Temperature Method
The basic method doesn’t rely on any modern technology like refrigerators or stoves. Instead, it’s very much comparable to brewing tea: put in your solids, then add water. The advantage of the room-temperature technique is that it Extracts every last molecule of THC from the plant. The disadvantage of the room-temperature approach is that it takes significantly longer to finish a result (15-30 times longer than the cold method). So if you have a serious need for a tincture, you should choose one of the two methods: hot or cold
- Chop your plant matter and decarboxylate it in a 230℉ oven for 35 minutes.
- Place the decarboxylated cannabis in a quart (32 ounce) mason jar.
- Pour in 32 ounces of the highest proof alcohol you can get. Everclear works well, but by all means, avoid Isopropyl alcohol.
- Cover the jar tightly. A screw-on lid works nicely here.
- Shake well.
- Place the mason jar in a brown paper bag and store in a cabinet or closet. Storing the jar in a bag in a dark place keeps sunlight from spoiling the tincture.
- Monitor the location where you store your brew. It should warm/room temperature, NOT hot.
- Let the mason jar sit for 30-60 days (the longer the better).
- After the steeping period, remove the plant matter from the remaining liquid by straining through a cheesecloth.
- Store the liquid in an opaque bottle out of the sun to preserve its potency.
The Cold Method
The cold technique entails chopping or tearing the cannabis plant into little pieces and then freezing it to preserve the cannabinoids. The substance is shaken every few hours for 48 hours, while the cannabis plant material steeps in alcohol. At the end of the steeping period, the plant matter is strained out and thrown away, leaving only the tincture behind. Here’s a step-by-step guide.
- Dry and decarboxylate your plant matter.
- Grind the plant matter, place it in a zip-top plastic bag, and store in the freezer for a few hours.
- Place your bottle of alcohol in the freezer as well. Don’t worry, it won’t freeze solid.
- When the plant matter is frozen stiff, mix 1 ounce cannabis with 1 quart (32 ounces) alcohol in a mason jar.
- Seal the jar tightly with a lid and shake for 5 minutes.
- Return the jar to the freezer.
- Every 2-3 hours, remove the jar from the freezer and give it a good shake.
- Continue to alternate shaking and storing for the next two days.
- After 48 hours, separate the solid material from the liquid by pouring through a cheesecloth.
- Then, pour the liquid through a coffee filter to strain out any small, left-over plant matter.
- Finally, store the tincture in an opaque bottle and avoid prolonged light exposure.
The Hot Method
The basic process is the same with both techniques, which are called “green dragon” and “green dragon.” Instead of allowing the mixture to sit for weeks, however, heat is added to hasten the procedure. Overall production time is reduced from weeks to hours as a result of this change. However, there are certain dangers associated with utilizing this method. During the heating process, there’s a chance that alcohol could catch fire. On top of that, using this technique increases the danger of losing medicinal properties during cooking.
Despite the dangers, making a fine cannabis tincture with the hot method takes merely 30-60 minutes and is quite easy. So, if you don’t want to wait 30 days or even 48 hours, this might be the procedure for you.
Starting out with a tiny quantity of cannabis and alcohol is always a smart idea. To that end, we’ll begin with a quarter ounce of marijuana and two pints of alcohol. You may eventually double or even multiply the recipe if you have some expertise. Just remember to provide plenty of ventilation, as required.
- Dry and decarboxylate ⅛ ounce cannabis.
- Chop dried plant matter using a coffee grinder or marijuana grinder.
- In a 1 pint mason jar, combine the chopped cannabis and 2 ounces of the highest-proof alcohol you can find (Bacardi or Everclear).
- For the next few steps, you’ll need a quick-read or candy thermometer.
- Place about 1 inch of water in a medium-sized sauce pan.
- Bring the water to a low simmer.
- Turn the oven fan on high.
- Place the thermometer in the mason jar and then place the mason jar in the simmering water (this is called a water bath).
- Monitor the liquid in the mason jar and bring the temperature to 170℉. The boiling point of pure ethanol is 173℉, so you want yours just below boiling.
- Simmer this way for 20 minutes making sure to keep the alcohol temperature around 170℉.
- After 20 minutes, separate the plant matter and the liquid THC using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
- Store the tincture in an opaque dropper bottle.
The Basic Production Principles
The basic production methods are the same, regardless of which method you choose. During the steeping or cooking process, cannabis plant cannabinoids are released. These free cannabinoids then enter the alcohol. Finally, the plant material is discarded. The resulting tincture is a powerful and concentrated liquid that contains up to 90% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in comparison with 50% for oils, waxes, and shatters and 12-25% for bud smoked. In terms of THC content, it has been tested up to 90 percent compared to 50 percent for oils, waxes, and shatters and 12-25 percent for bud smoked.
The basic production methods are the same, regardless of the technique you select. During the steeping or cooking process, cannabinoids are released from the cannabis plant. These free cannabinoids are then absorbed by the alcohol. Finally, the plant material is discarded. The final tincture contains a high concentration of active ingredients and is considerably more powerful than its component parts. THC liquid has been analyzed at up to 90% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content versus 50% for oils, waxes, and shatters, and 12-25% for bud that’s smoked.
Tinctures are frequently kept in a dropper or small pump spray bottle. This aids in the intake and administration of the medicine.
Storing Liquid THC
Tinctures, like other cannabis extracts, are commonly kept in a dropper bottle for easy access. This assists with both intake and dosage. A standard eye dropper can contain around 1 milliliter (or 1 gram) of liquid, which is ideal for providing precise dosages.
It’s also handy to keep your tincture in a tiny spray bottle and use it as breath spray. You may either store your tincture in a tiny bottle or utilize a big one for simplicity.
Your tincture should last a long time if kept in an opaque container out of the sun. Simply said, you’ll probably use it up before it goes bad (unless you’re only taking one dropper-full per year).
What Does Liquid THC Look Like?
The liquid THC is typically green in color. It can be a light to dark green and even a greenish-brown, depending on the plant material used. The liquid THC should have a cannabis-like smell and give off a mild floral fragrance. If the liquid is bright green and smells of grass, the decarboxylation was insufficient, resulting in an ineffective tincture.
Stories abound of people who bought “liquid THC” from shady merchants only to find out that it was nothing more than water or another liquid. If at all possible, get the stuff you’re buying from a reputable source.
How Is Liquid THC Used?
Oral use of THC is most popular, although it can also be vaporized and smoked in an electronic vape pen.
The most popular way to take liquid THC is through oral ingestion. Begin with 2-3 drops of the tincture placed under the tongue sublingually (under the tongue). Because of the large blood supply to the soft tissue below the tongue, absorption of the liquid THC will be quick. To put it another way, taking more thinking you’ll speed things up is a bad idea. It’s a bad idea to start with. It will only result in an unpleasant experience. THC solutions can also be sprayed on meals for a cannabis-infused dinner. Start with 1-2 sprays of THC on your favorite food. Keep in mind that ingesting liquid THC in this way is more akin to traditional edibles than it is to smoking or oral ingestion, so the onset of the psychotropic effects may be slower but they will last longer.
Vape pens are a relatively new method of consuming liquid THC. The liquid THC is vaporized and then smoked in the pen, just like other eliquids.
What Are The Effects Of Liquid THC?
The effects of liquid THC will be comparable to those produced when smoking a high-THC strain. More specifically, THC has been shown to cause time distortion, increased sensitivity to stimuli, drowsiness, and euphoria.
Keep in mind that liquid THC does not include any of the other active components found in cannabis. The cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol, and cannabiverin are also absent from liquid THC. Those additional compounds have their own physiological and psychological effects that can’t be replicated with liquid THC.
CBD is effective in treating a wide range of illnesses, including nausea and vomiting, seizure activity, psychotic disorders, and inflammatory diseases (just to name a few). There is no liquid THC that offers any of this.
The effects of liquid THC are delayed by how it is taken. Effects can appear in 15-45 minutes and reach their peak at around 90 minutes when ingested sublingually. When consumed with food, the effects take longer to manifest but may last for up to four hours.
Because it takes a long time for liquid THC to work, it’s critical to stick to one dose size until you discover how everything works. We suggest using one dropper each 12 hours as a starting point. Try two droppers next time if you don’t feel much on one dropper-full. Again, be cautious so you don’t overdo it and have a negative experience. Because ingesting liquid THC (whether through tinctures or edibles) can influence your metabolism, body composition, and a variety of other factors, what works for one person may not work for you. Begin with a small amount and gradually increase until you reach the desired effect.
What Are The Dangers Of Liquid THC?
Remember, liquid THC is simply extremely concentrated THC. It’s rather similar to highly-concentrated alcohol like Everclear: a little bit goes a long way, while a lot may have severe consequences.
At the other end of the spectrum, a horrible trip is a possibility. Because THC is not tempered by CBD and other components, extreme anxiety or paranoia can result from liquid THC. In addition, high levels of THC have been found to cause nausea and even unconsciousness. And we’re talking about more than just sleep when we say unconsciousness.
Use of liquid THC, regardless of how you take it and your experience with the drug, is suggested that you be cautious while using this potent liquid. Even seasoned users might have a bad trip, therefore be careful and slow.
One Method Among Many
As the legality of marijuana spreads, new methods for consuming it will emerge. Liquid THC may be an excellent choice when compared to smoking or dabbing because it is less harmful. It can be a discreet way to get the benefits you desire without having to use any equipment or leaving behind visible evidence of burning leaves.
Try giving liquid THC a go. However, if you’re not sure about it, be careful about where you get your tincture from. If liquid THC isn’t for you, there are other options to get the benefits of marijuana.