Don’t go getting no fec*king flu vaccine!!!
Make The Skillful Flu Tincture
- a mason jar
- 10 cloves of garlic
- 7 grams of decarbed indica/sativa (cbd/thc as per law/preference)
- 1 ginger root
- 50g pine pollen
- food grade alcohol (50% proof minimum)
put alcohol in the freezer. leave for 1 hour. grind the cannabis. put cannabis in the freezer. leave for 1 hour. peal and slice the garlic peel the ginger and slice the ginger, put the frozen cannabis, pine pollen, ginger and garlic into mason jar fill mason jar upto half way with the above. cover with alcohol completely, filling up 3/4 of the whole mason jar. cover and leave for 14 days in dark, cool environment. air once a day (open jar lid and close) shake once a day after 2 weeks, use with droplet under the tongue. leave under tongue for as long as you are comfortable, trying as hard not to swallow for as long as possible.
Tinctures are highly concentrated alcoholic extracts of an herb.They are made by macerating (soaking) the chosen herbs in alcohol (usually vodka or organic grain alcohol) at a ratio typically ranging from 1:1 (herb to alcohol) to 1:10, depending on the desired strength and recommended dosage of the selected herbs.
Herbs are absorbed more quickly into circulation and therefore begin to take effect faster when taken in tincture form.
After macerating anywhere from 6-8 weeks, the tinctures are then pressed and the marc (left-over herbal matter) is discarded. The remaining liquid is the tincture used for medicinal purposes, as the beneficial constituents from the herbs have been absorbed into the liquid. Most tinctures are administered at a dose ranging from 15-60 drops, several times per day. (In most cases, less than 2-3 teaspoons of alcohol is consumed on a daily basis when using tinctures.)
What is the Shelf Life of my Tinctures? How Should I Store Tinctures? What are they made with?
Tinctures are extracted most often in alcohol because it is such a potent solvent. As mentioned before, some herbs simply will not release their medicinal qualities to a solvent that is less potent, such as water, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerine. It takes something stronger, and alcohol is perfect. It also acts as an effective preservative. Alcohol-based tinctures have a virtually unlimited shelf life if stored in a cool, dark location. Refrigeration is not necessary.
Tinctures made from apple cider vinegar are wonderful, as the apple cider vinegar has wonderful health-building qualities of its own. They can be used as salad dressings, marinades or in foods, as well as for your regular tincture use. The shelf life of apple cider vinegar tinctures is very short – about a year or so if kept in a cool, dark cupboard or refrigerator (recommended). Apple cider vinegars are considered non-alcohol tinctures.
Vegetable glycerine is also used to make non-alcohol tinctures – these tinctures are known as glycerites. They have a much longer shelf life than the apple cider vinegar – 3 to 5 years if stored in a cool, dark cupboard. Tinctures made of vegetable glycerine are wonderful for children. They have a sweet taste to them and can make even bad tasting herbs taste good! Glycerine does not have the extraction power that alcohol does, but it still does a fantastic job and results in a highly effective product. They are a great choice for children or for those who prefer a non-alcohol product.
PLEASE NOTE: As non-alcohol tinctures have no alcohol content to them to act as a preservative, they can easily become contaminated and are at risk for growing mold. To prevent this from happening, do NOT touch the glass dropper to any part of the mouth, do not let children suck on the glass dropper tube (which can break in their mouths as well), do not touch it with your hands, lay the dropper top on countertops or anything that might allow a microbe onto the glass tube and in turn, into the bottle, which can start mold. Mold is white to light grey in color and tends to float on top of the liquid or in the glass dropper tube. If your glycerine-based tinctures become contaminated and have mold, do not use them. Throw them away.