A patient asked me about making home tinctures. Here are my comments:
“1. I love people making their own tinctures at home and if they do the job, well, the job is done.
2. I have moved to using ONLY super critical CO2 extraction in the creation of the tinctures. You can easily find out a lot more about this on my site or anywhere on google. It is, sadly, not an easy process and at least for now, not a process for home as the setup runs over $100,000
Ultimately, the reason that this form of extraction is ideal is because the medicine, all the medicine, is extracted into a thick “oil”. This oil is then sent to the lab, analyzed and diluted with water and organic glycerine to make the final tincture. Everything is controlled. The measurements of THC, CBD, Terpenes and other critical molecular components of the plant are all in the oil, so they are all in the tincture.
Once the medicine is extracted from the plant material, you can manipulate in any way desired. If alcohol or glycerine is the extraction medium, you are stuck.
No tincture or other cannabis extract is a “great” medicine unless you know exactly the molecular levels and components are.
Finally, CBD or cannabidiol is critical in new medicines so the plant must have the correct genetics.”