Dr. Frankel Made a Tincture

I generally never edit older posts, but have found that is is important to add some comments with regard to significant changes in the Cannabis Medicine Tincture’s available, at least in the Los Angeles area. The cost of professionally made CBD Rich tinctures for anxiety, manifestations of anxiety, pain, particularly neuritic and many other conditions, CBD based or “Cannabidiol” based tinctures and capsules are the future and have in fact become the present. As using CO2 extraction is not for patients at home – yet – I suggest you check out some of these tinctures at some local collectives.

As the CO2 extraction process is nearly 100% efficient, the cost ends up being not much different than making it yourself. Also, unless you find some rich CBD or flowers, it will just be a THC extraction, which is good, but just not great. It is well worth checking into if you are dealing with anxiety or pain. For Multiple Sclerosis and many degenerative neurological disorders, CBD is truly a miracle.

For the cost of a movie, popcorn and a drink you can now give it a go. I really think it is well worth few bucks and trip.

At the same time, I do want to make available to as many patients possible methods to create their own very high quality tincture, as independence from any legal restrictions may at some times, interfere with availability. To that end, have fun and don’t burn the stuff. Also, consider dropping by a couple of cc’s for testing. I can help get your sample tested for THC/CBD and the efficiency of decarboxylation for $50. I wish it were free, but this is a very fair price and we will all learn much.

Ingredients:
1 oz shake – select either sativa or indica
8 oz vegetable glycerin

Steps

1. Grind shake in coffee grinder
2. Mix ground shake into the glycerin. If overly thick, add water as necessary. They will easily mix.
3. Place into oven at 200 degress for 45 min DON’T GO ANY HIGHER TEMP THAN THIS
4. Take out of oven and let sit and cool for one hour
5. Place into crock pot and set on “keep warm”. MAKE SURE YOUR CROCK HAS A KEEP WARM SETTING.
6. “Keep warm” for 12 hours
7. Remove and strain thru cheese cloth as many times as needed (usually around 3 strainings)
8. DON’T BURN YOUR MOUTH. MAKE SURE IT IS COOL BEFORE BOTTLING into spray or dropper bottles
9. Generally 1/2 dropper bottle or 3 spritzes are adequate.
10. If too strong, dilute with water.


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15 thoughts on “Dr. Frankel Made a Tincture

  1. Thanks for posting your glycerin tincture recipe Dr. Frankel. Although new to this process, I’ve been researching online for a couple of months before I attempt my first batch. (Hey, I measure twice before cutting, call me cautious! ;-)

    I have a question about removing chlorophyll from shake before cooking the tincture. Should shake be washed in a pan of hot water, then left to soak in it (not cooked!) for a 1/2 hour (or until water turns green,) BEFORE or AFTER de-carboxylyzing the herb?

    I want to perform this step as I’ve read that chlorophyll can cause a migraine or an upset stomach if one is susceptible to such things. Removing chlorophyll also removes the “herby” taste from the tincture. (I’d rather the taste of the sweet glycerin prevailed!) Since the cannabinoids are fat soluble, and chlorophyll is water soluble, my understanding is that soaking in water will not remove them, just the chlorophyll (and possibly other water soluble chemicals in the herb.)

    Looking forward to seeing the results of your LC tests.

    Thanks in advance. Irishgawdess

  2. JUST USE SHAKE!! You don’t need to use bud. You can also cut the recipe in half and it will be fine. Just don’t let it burn and add a little water from time to time if it becomes very thick.

  3. Hey there Doc.
    I really want to try this, but I cant afford an oz. How much liquid does your process make, How long will it last. and how much liquid would I have if I used 5 grams? and how much vegetable glycerin would i have to use for 5 grams?

  4. Hi,.. just made a post on the message board,. then came here. You kinda already answered my question I posted there,.. sorry for not looking here sooner.
    Question was concerning the need to heat it to 200 degrees for 45 min. before crock potting (150deg.) it for 12 hours,. just seemed redundant,…… Definitely not if baking it for 45 min. makes it stonier. Have you received results yet from your test?Definitely

  5. You can pour it directly into the crock pot.

    If you grind the cannabis and “bake it” at around 280 degrees F for 20 minutes, the THC will much more likely be fully de-carboxylyzed and the tincture will be “stonier”.

  6. When you mix the shake and glycerin, what kind of container do you use? Do you just pour the mixture into the crock pot or is it in some other container in water in the crockpot.

    I notice, some people bake the shake in the over before mixing with the glycerin. This seems simpler to me. Are the results less effective?

  7. There is a local lab that will do two samples for me. One I’ll cook at 200 degrees for 45 minutes and the other I’ll leave as is. In addition to the thc/thc-a ratios, we should also be able to see the changes, if any, in the profiles of the rest of the cannabinoids after heat exposure. I’ll report back with the results.

  8. That is the theory. I FINALLY am working closely with a lab and plan on making the tincture again. I will finally be able to measure the THC and THC-A. You just can’t do that with typical GC machines. You have to use the Liquid Chromatography machines

  9. Hi Dr. Frankel,

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge! I started a vegetable glycerin tincture before I found your blog and made a mistake.

    About two months ago, I ground up and blended two ounces of potent bud into my vegetable glycerin, but I did not cook it. I’ve just been shaking it up every day.

    After reading your post, it occurs to me that the step of cooking it at 200 degrees may be needed to decarb the thca. If so, is that something I can/should do now or is it too late?

    Many thanks!

    Sean

  10. Hihi, fantastic site you have here. I came across you’re site by Google and I am thinking of starting up a similar blog, any ideas on how to get people to use it?

  11. Hello Dr. Al (may I call you Al? Dr. Al? His High-ness? What?!?)…
    So happy to get your “tincture” post at this time. My 9/24 “second” harvest of the same plant was a big success so I am ready to tincture. It’s been on my mind & why your post is so much appreciated at this time. I was especially interested in the material originally posted (then deleted?) which gave info regarding extracting with alcohol, preferably Everclear (?). I have tinctured lobelia, ginko biloba, cayenne, hawthorne berry, and other medicinal herbs using Vodka. That was many years ago & maybe there is a better way. I’ve never heard of using glycerin but I’ll learn more. Dr.Al, how can I access the post on extracting with alcohol? For some reason this seems “pure”… more so than using glycerin. Ok, what do I know? Thank you for connecting via FaceBook and Twitter, I’m not really UP on Twitter and doubt if I will be anytime soon. I’d rather be outside!!! BTW, I
    I planted 38 seeds on 8/27 and they are ALL healthy & beautiful (organic soil/fish emulsion) & about 6″ tall (in cups/manageable). Soon they will need a home (s)… I presently have space and light limitations. Have you any ideas? I’m happy to give…:)

  12. Hello Dr. Al (may I call you Al? Dr. Al? His High-ness? What?!?)…
    So happy to get your “tincture” post at this time. My 9/24 “second” harvest of the same plant was a big success so I am ready to tincture. It’s been on my mind & why your post is so much appreciated at this time. I was especially interested in the materially originally posted (then deleted?) which gave info regarding extracting with alcohol, preferably Everclear (?). I have tinctured lobelia, ginko biloba, cayenne, hawthorne berry, and other medicinal herbs using Vodka. That was many years ago & maybe there is a better way. I’ve never heard of using glycerin but I’ll learn more. Dr.Al, how can I access the post on extracting with alcohol? For some reason this seems “pure”… more so than using glycerin. Ok, what do I know? Thank you for connecting via FaceBook and Twitter, I’m not really UP on Twitter and doubt if I will be anytime soon. I’d rather be outside!!! BTW, I
    I planted 38 seeds on 8/27 and they are ALL healthy & beautiful (organic soil/fish emulsion) & about 6″ tall (in cups/manageable). Soon they will need a home (s)… I presently have space and light limitations. Have you any ideas? I’m happy to give…:)

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