Tinctures are a widely embraced product by medical cannabis patients. Tinctures, in general, have been embraced in the medical community and in cultures around the globe for centuries. This is because of their ease of access to not only utilize but also to make at home. Tinctures have been made utilizing not just cannabis but many different herbs throughout the years by those that embrace a holistic lifestyle. There are also many benefits to tinctures made with medical cannabis.

What is Green Dragon Tincture?

Green dragon tincture is an alcohol-based cannabis tincture named after its intense green color, which has been utilized for years by those embracing medical cannabis. Being a full-spectrum cannabis product, it holds the potential to help patients with everything from pain, inflammation, and migraines to insomnia, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, and much more. In general, green dragon tincture can be used for any ailment you would utilize cannabis for.

What are the Benefits of Tinctures?

There are many different ways that cannabis can be consumed, so why would a medical cannabis patient choose to utilize a tincture? There are actually several reasons why not only patients but also cannabis consumers prefer tinctures. Let’s explore!

  • Quick Onset of Effects: When taken sublingually, tinctures offer one of the quickest onsets of effects from cannabis.
  • Longer Shelf LifeWhen stored properly, tinctures can last in excess of a year.
  • Ease of Dosing – Tinctures are administered through a measured dropper making dosing easy!
  • Diversity of Use- Aside from sublingually, there are many ways that tinctures can be used, such as topically and for infusing foods and beverages.
  • Low Calorie/Sugar Content: Tinctures offer the same potent concentration that many patients love with cannabis edibles without the often high calorie and sugar content.

How Do You Make Green Dragon Tinctures?

There are two methods to making green dragon tincture. They both require basically the same tools; however, one requires much more time! One also utilizes heat, while the other does not. Let’s take a look at both the short and long methods of making green dragon tincture.

The Long Method

Tools/Material

  • Decarbed Cannabis Flower (1 Gram – 1 Ounce)
  • High Proof Grain Alcohol (Enough to Cover the Plant Material Being Used)
  • Mason Jar
  • Dropper Bottle
  • Coffee Filter/Cheesecloth

Instructions

  1. Start by decarbing your medical cannabis and then grinding it.
  2. Next, add the decarbed cannabis flower to the mason jar and cover it in high-grain alcohol.
  3. Close the jar and shake the mixture vigorously.
  4. Allow the jar to sit in a cool dark place for a minimum of 24 hours. Most prefer to allow this mixture to sit for at least 3-4 weeks; however, some wait as long as six months. While sitting, you must shake the jar at least once a day.
  5. When ready to start utilizing, strain the tincture through a cheesecloth or coffee filter into the dropper bottle to remove the plant material.
  6. Once bottled, store the green dragon tincture in a cool dark place.

Master Wu’s Green Dragon Tincture – The Short Method

This method of making green dragon tincture utilizes heat to eliminate the need to allow the mixture to sit for a prolonged period of time. This allows patients and consumers to reap the benefits of green dragon tincture without the need to wait weeks or even months!

Tools/Material

  • Decarbed Cannabis Flower (1 Gram – 1 Ounce)
  • High Proof Grain Alcohol (Enough to Cover the Plant Material Being Used)
  • Mason Jar
  • Dropper Bottle
  • Coffee Filter/Cheesecloth
  • Pot of Hot Water not to Exceed 170F.

Instructions

  1. Start by decarbing your medical cannabis and then grinding it.
  2. Next, add the decarbed cannabis flower to the mason jar and cover it in high-grain alcohol.
  3. Close the jar and shake the mixture vigorously.
  4. Then submerge the jar halfway in hot water and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Do not let the water temperature exceed 170F.
  5. Remove the jar from the water to cool.
  6. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth or coffee filter into the dropper bottle.
  7. Store in a cool dark place and use as needed.

Are There Other Types of Tinctures?

Yes, oil-based tinctures such as those that utilize common cooking oils like olive, sunflower, avocado, coconut, and MCT oils. These tinctures, like Green Dragon tinctures, are made by soaking decarbed plant material in a solvent. In this case, that solvent is oil rather than alcohol. This makes these types of tinctures preferred by many, especially those that prefer not to consume alcohol. These forms of tinctures can also be added to food and beverages if desired or simply taken sublingually under the tongue or swallowed.

Turning Green Dragon Tincture into FECO 

Another interesting fact that many people that are new to cannabis are unfamiliar with is that green dragon tincture can be utilized to make what is known as FECO oil or simply FECO. FECO is short for full extraction cannabis oil. If you evaporate the alcohol from the green dragon tincture, the end result is FECO which contains more than just cannabinoids but also other plant compounds such as terpenes, chlorophyll, and more. FECO is most commonly consumed by adding it to a capsule or by simply placing it on the tongue and swallowing. FECO is utilized by many medical cannabis patients for a wide range of conditions and ailments and offers many of the same benefits of tinctures!

As you can see, there are many benefits to green dragon tincture, and it’s a very simple process to make this medical cannabis product at home, something people in cultures around the globe have done for centuries. Ready to become a medical cannabis patient in your state and make your own green dragon tincture? If so, schedule your appointment today to meet with a licensed medical marijuana doctor for your medical cannabis recommendation. Disclaimer: The information, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, and other material contained in this article, is for informational purposes only. No material from this article is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment before undertaking a new healthcare regimen. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.