Ways to flavor cannabis tinctures

Published Apr 2, 2019 12:16 p.m. ET

Now that cannabis is legal in many parts of the world, it is important that consumers know precisely how to use some of the new and unique weed products that are suddenly available on the market. One of the least understood and utilized pot products are cannabis tinctures. Marijuana-derived tinctures can provide a massive dose of benefits that are appealing for both medicinal and recreational use. They are versatile, easy to take, dose, make, and spice up to make the experience of cannabis consumption a bit more enjoyable. One of the most common complaints about marijuana tinctures stems from the taste that can be difficult to swallow. If you have tried cannabis tinctures in the past and were turned off by the flavor than there are solutions that are relatively easy to test out and might just make a world of difference. These additives can be used in both THC tinctures and CBD tinctures safely to help minimize the taste of both the cannabis and the alcohol.

Food flavoring: You know those little flavor droplets that you use to add a specific taste to many other recipes? They can also be added to tinctures to help to alleviate the strong taste. Add anywhere from 1-3 drops per dropper bottle of any kind that you like. Using stronger flavors like orange, berry, citrus, or mint tend to be the most effective when used this way and will last the longest in storage as well.

Fruit juice: Strong fruit juices like apple, orange, cranberry, grapefruit, or grape juice are perfect for adding some additional flavor to your cannabis tincture. Many of them contain the same terpenes that are present among different weed strains naturally. The only problem with these additions is that they must be used to dilute the tincture immediately before it is used. If you try to add it directly to a dropper bottle that is about to be placed in storage, then you will rot the whole bottle as juice will introduce bacteria which will stimulate mold growth in as little as 24 hours after it’s been added. The easiest way to use fruit juice is to pour yourself half of a glass and then add in the drops of marijuana tincture before you drink it.

Edibles: Marijuana edibles are a unique bunch that tends to get a bad rap despite their growing popularity and ease of use. A lot of people assume that edibles are only the most basic suckers, brownies, and pot-laced cookies, but there are some pretty classy meals that can be made using cannabis tinctures. The key is that they must be added after the cooking process has taken place. Things like ice cream milkshakes, soup, Jello, mashed potatoes, sauces, salad dressings, and gravy all make excellent marijuana edibles that are tasty, enjoyable, easy to measure, and exciting. The problem with edibles is that they are processed much slower through the liver by the body and the effects will take longer to be felt, with many users reporting a full 2 hour period of waiting to feel something. The perk is that is buzz will last much longer (up to 12 hours) and be much more intense during that time than other methods of consuming marijuana tinctures.

Cocktails: Cannabis tinctures are made using marijuana plants to extract the wanted components and condense them into a liquid form. This requires the addition of alcohol, and the most commonly used type is Vodka which makes for a perfect cocktail addition. Vodka is present in several different drinks including a Bloody Mary, Moscow Mules, Vodka Tonic, Cosmopolitan, White Russian, Appletini, Long Island Iced Tea, Sex on the Beach, Screwdriver, Caesar, and many more long-time favorites. Many of which utilize fruit juices, food coloring and other additives for a strong flavor that perfectly masks both the smell and taste of marijuana tinctures.

Choose a flavorful weed strain: A lot of people don’t realize that the kind of cannabis that they use to make concentrates like tinctures will taste similar to the plant material that the cannabinoids have been extracted from. Selecting a weed strain that naturally offers an enjoyable taste and aroma will help to make the flavor and scent of the resulting tinctures much more enjoyable, to begin with. Those with strong citrus, mint, or pine-based terpene profiles are the best for this.

Other alternatives

If you aren’t fond of the idea of having to eat your cannabis tinctures than you can consider purchasing capsules and an encapsulating machine to dose your marijuana tincture in a completely taste free manner. The only problem with this method of consumption is the sheer amount of time that they will not provide any immediate relief, with the results often taking up to two hours to kick in. The benefit is much like with edibles, where the effects are much more potent and longer lasting than other methods of dosing with cannabis tincture.

Benefits of additives

Though the main reason for this article is to help people who are struggling with consuming their homemade or store-bought products, there are a great many benefits that can be achieved as an additional motivator to continue consumption by using a few of these additives. If you take a few moments to get a little creative, you can be sure that you are consuming other healthy things like essential nutrients and vitamins that are found in fruit juices.  

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