How to make CBD tincture without THC
The world of CBD can be a little confusing for a beginner. There are so many different ways to consume it and many people do not realize how different CBD is from THC. THC is the psychoactive chemical from the cannabis plant that causes the “high” many people to have when they smoke cannabis.
CBD is different though. Research done in the 1990s found that there is an endocannabinoid system in the human body that produces endocannabinoids in response to the use of cannabis. It was discovered that CBD reacts with the natural endocannabinoids in the body that then attach to the cannabinoid receptors. This is the process allowing CBD to react in a way that makes the person ingesting it feel more relaxed, sleepy, or even take away the pain they are feeling.
CBD is used by many people daily to combat issues such as seizures, epilepsy, damaged skin, or simply to get a better night’s sleep. It’s such an attractive product because it has none of the psychoactive effects THC does, so you can take it and go about your day as normal.
Tinctures for CBD
Tinctures are one way to consume CBD; this method will allow you to take an effective dose accurately, conveniently, and quickly. When I first heard of a tincture, I had no idea what it was. Most people think of consuming CBD by taking gummies or smoking a vape.
A tincture is a liquid extract of the cannabis plant and CBD tinctures are commonly made from the industrial hemp plant, which is a strain of cannabis containing little to no THC. A tincture generally comes with a little dropper to administer a few drops on the tongue. This method is great for people dealing with pain because it’s absorbed quicker, allowing effects to be felt within fifteen minutes.
CBD tinctures can be made at home by dissolving the plant material such as the flower or leaves into a liquid solvent. This solvent can be high-proof alcohol or a non-alcoholic liquid such as coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable glycerin.
As long as you use the industrial hemp plant, there will be almost no THC in it and the tincture will only contain CBD. Additionally, herbal tinctures are usually made with alcohol because it makes the CBD extract more potent. The amount is generally very low but if you have a sensitivity to alcohol, you can use the other solvents listed above.
Are you interested in learning how to make CBD tincture without THC? Read on to find out how.
Making Your Own CBD Tincture
The first step is decarbing cannabis. All this means is putting small chunks of the cannabis on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and in the oven for 60-90 minutes. This activates the CBD in the plant and without it your tincture will be completely ineffective.
The biggest step for making your own tincture is maceration. This involves adding the plant material to the solvent in an airtight container and leaving it in a cool, dark place for six weeks. Once it has sat long enough, you will strain it with a cheesecloth or coffee filter into a bowl and you can bottle it. If you do not want to wait that long, you can put the jar into a water bath and bring it to a simmer for about 20 minutes. After the jar cools, it will be reading for straining!
Doing these methods at home are pretty easy and do not require much effort on your part. You simply have to make sure you have the industrial hemp plant that has low THC levels and the solvent that you want to use.
CBD tinctures are so convenient and fast acting that for many people they are the best way to administer CBD. Combine that with all of the positive side effects CBD can have for someone and the easy way it can be made at home, and you can understand why so many people use it. If you are not feeling DIY today, there are plenty of CBD shops all over the country that sell tinctures as well.
CBD is legal in many states right now and those with more restrictions still have exceptions for those with medical IDs. CBD may be able to help you live a healthier, better life everyday and a tincture is a great way to find out.