Liquid THC, like most marijuana goods, has a variety of names. The hyper-technical tincture of cannabis or marijuana tincture is one example. Liquid THC, on the other hand, is more popular. And then there are all the inevitable slang terms like green dragon, mayzack, and tink that always seem to spring up out of nowhere in some spy drama.
Regardless of what you call it, cannabis-infused liquid THC has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. The appearance of vape pens and the increase in marijuana dispensaries across the country are to thank for this growth.
Despite its growing popularity, liquid THC remains shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. What exactly is it? How is it made? What does it look like? How is it utilized? What are the benefits and risks of this substance? This paper will address all of these issues.
What Is Liquid THC?
Tinctures are a form of liquid THC. A tincture is a solution prepared by soaking something in alcohol to release its active component. The most frequent component in tinctures is THC from powerful strains such as Bruce Banner or Death Star, although high-CBD/low-THC varieties like Charlotte’s Web and Sour Tsunami may be used to make CBD tinctures.
Tinctures may be made from a wide range of plants, as well as animal or even insect materials. Garlic, hyssop, and sage are just a few examples of common medicinal tinctures. A cannabis plant’s tincture (also known as marijuana tincture) is simply a tincture prepared using cannabis plants.
Different types of alcohols, such as ethanol and brandy, can be utilized in the production of tinctures, oils, vinegars, and glycerins. In addition, a variety of alcohols may be used to make a tincture including vodka, rum, and bourbon.
How Is Liquid THC Made?
Tinctures and liquid THC, in particular, can be produced in a variety of methods: the conventional room-temperature technique, the cold-brew method, or the fast (and more hazardous) hot technique. Here’s a description and recipe for each.
The Room-Temperature Method
This old technique doesn’t require any exotic technology like refrigerators or stoves. Instead, it’s very similar to making tea: add your solids, then water. The nice thing about the room-temperature approach is that it pulls all of the plant’s THC out. The bad news is that the room-temperature technique takes 15-30 times longer to finished product (when compared to the cold method). So if you’re in a bind for cannabis tincture, go for either the cold or hot procedure. To create liquid THC using the room-temperature method, follow these steps:
- 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 method involves chopping or ripping the cannabis plant into little pieces and freezing it to preserve the cannabinoids’ integrity. The contents are then shaken occasionally for 48 hours while the cannabis plant material steeps in alcohol. At the end of the steeping period, the plant matter is extracted and discarded, leaving only the tincture behind. Here’s how to do it step by step.
- 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 hot method, also known as “green dragon,” is essentially the same. However, instead of leaving the mixture to rest for weeks, heat is used to speed up the process. The total production time is reduced from weeks to hours using this technique. But there are risks associated with using the green dragon technique. During the heating process, alcohol may catch fire, posing a significant danger. Furthermore, while cooking in the hot technique
Despite the risks, the hot technique is quite simple and takes around 30-60 minutes to make a high-quality cannabis tincture. So, if you don’t want to wait 30 days or even 48 hours, this may be the method for you.
We suggest starting small with this approach until you’ve attempted it a few times. To that end, we’ll use 1/8 ounce cannabis and 2 ounces ethanol as our example. You may double or even triple the recipe after you’ve gained some knowledge. Just make sure there’s plenty of ventilation to go around.
- 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
Regardless of the strategy you use, the fundamental principles of production remain unchanged. During the steeping or cooking process, cannabis plant cannabinoids are released. These free cannabinoids are then absorbed by the alcohol. Finally, the plant matter is discarded. The tincture that results is a strong, concentrated solution with a potency far greater than the sum of its components. When compared to oils, waxes, shatters, and smoked bud, liquid THC has been found to have a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of up to 90 percent rather than 50%. Tinctures are often kept in dropper bottles or small pump spray bottles. This makes taking them easier and ensures accurate dosing.
Storing Liquid THC
Tinctures are frequently kept in a dropper bottle for easy access, as was said above. This is beneficial to ingestion and dosage. A typical eyedropper can hold approximately 1 milliliter (or 1 gram) of liquid, making it perfect for dosing.
You may also keep your tincture in a tiny spray bottle and use it like breath spray to apply the liquid THC. You may store your tincture in any way you choose, however be careful not to drip it into your eyes. It should always be administered under the tongue.
When kept in an opaque bottle away from the sun, your tincture should last a long time. Simply said, you’ll likely consume it before it becomes harmful (unless you’re only taking one dropper-full every year).
What Does Liquid THC Look Like?
THC is a clear liquid that has been decarboxylated to become activated. Depending on the plant material used, it can come in a variety of hues, from light to dark green and even a greenish-brown. The liquid THC should have the fragrance of buds and emit a somewhat flowery aroma. If the liquid is bright green and has a grassy odor, the decarboxylation was inadequate, resulting in a tincture that will be weak.
Stories of persons who had no idea they were purchasing “liquid THC” from shady suppliers being shocked to discover that it was nothing more than water or some other liquid abound. Green liquids are preferable, but if at all feasible, buy from a reputable seller.
How Is Liquid THC Used?
Oral ingestion is the most common way to consume THC, however it can also be vaped in an electronic vape pen and smoked like other eliquids.
The most common and customary way to take liquid THC is via oral ingestion. Begin with 2-3 drops of the tincture sublingually (under the tongue). Because of the large blood supply to the soft tissue under the tongue, absorption of the liquid THC will be quick. That said, it takes time for the psychoactive effects to manifest (see below), so don’t take more thinking you’ll hurry things up. That’s just asking for trouble.
THC distillate can also be sprayed on meals to make them cannabis-infused. Start with 1-2 sprays of THC distillate on your favorite meal. Remember that taking liquid THC in this way is more like eating edible than smoking or direct oral consumption, so the psychotropic effects may be slower onset but last longer.
Vape pens are a relatively recent 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 sensations caused by liquid THC, just like those produced by smoking a high-THC strain, will be the same. THC is also recognized to induce time distortion, more receptivity to stimuli, drowsiness, and euphoria.
Keep in mind that you’re not receiving any of the other active components in marijuana when you consume liquid THC. Liquid THC lacks cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol, cannabiverin, and cannabigerol (as well as other compounds), which have their own physiological and psychological effects.
CBD has been shown to decrease nausea and vomiting, as well as seizure activity. It also fights psychotic illnesses, inflammation, and a variety of other problems (just to name a few). There is no such thing as liquid THC.
The effects of liquid THC begin to manifest after 15-45 minutes and peak at about 90 minutes when ingested under the tongue. When eaten with food, effects may take longer to appear but can last for 2-4 hours.
It takes a long time for liquid THC to work its way through your body, so it’s critical to stick with the same dosage amount until you figure out how everything works. Start with one dropper per 12 hours. See how long it takes before you feel a high and track how long the euphoric feeling lasts after that. If you don’t get much on a single dropper-full, try two next time. But again, be cautious so you don’t get too much and have an unpleasant experience. The highs produced by taking liquid THC (whether it’s in tinctures or edibles) can be determined by a variety of factors, including your metabolism, body composition, and a slew of other things. Begin with a little dosage and gradually increase until you’re comfortable.
What Are The Dangers Of Liquid THC?
Remember that liquid THC is simply a more concentrated version of cannabis. It’s comparable to highly concentrated alcohol like Everclear: a little bit goes a long way, but a lot can have severe outcomes.
The THC concentration in these liquids can be quite high, with some strains having a ceiling of nearly 90 percent. At the highest levels, there is the potential for a severe trip. Because liquid THC does not contain CBD or other compounds to temper the buzz, debilitating anxiety or paranoia are possible. Furthermore, high doses of THC have been shown to cause vomiting and even unconsciousness. And when we say unconsciousness, we aren’t talking about sleep.
Regardless of how you consume liquid THC, and your experience with the substance, it’s recommended that you tread lightly when using this powerful liquid. Even experienced users can have a bad trip so be cautious and take it slow.
One Method Among Many
As the legality of marijuana spreads, new methods to consume it will appear. Liquid THC may be a good option for smokers who don’t want to smoke or dab. It might be a concealed way to get the effects you require without using all of the equipment and obvious traces of burning leaves.
Try liquid THC and see if you enjoy it. That being said, make sure you get your tincture from a reliable vendor. If liquid THC isn’t for you, there are a variety of other methods to continue to benefit from marijuana’s advantages.