In this article, we will master the easy ways by which you can Remove Alcohol from Weed Tinctures. And for the people who are still at the beginner stage, don’t worry. We have got your back. We are going to cover the nuts and bolts of Weed Tinctures for you. What’s the wait for? Let’s get started!
First off, What are Weed Tinctures?
Cannabis tinctures are cannabis products that are extracted from alcohol. The cannabis liquid tincture contains high Cannabinoids, and TetraHydroCannabinol (T.H.C.) measures drained out into alcohol to form a fluid.
In simple terms, tinctures are extricated by soaking the leaves, bark, or roots of cannabis in a dissolvable solution like alcohol.
The liquid pulls out the active components in the plants, diluting them completely and concentrating them.
Tinctures are generally stored in glass bottles with a dropper, making a tincture much easier to consume and have the proper dosage.
How Does One Use Cannabis Tinctures?
A cannabis tincture can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or orally (gulped) or can be mixed with pretty much any food or beverage in an assortment of cannabis-related recipes.
The tincture effects might start showing up in around 15 to 20 minutes when taken under the tongue.
It might require up to 2-4 hours for the full impacts to be felt when taken orally.
It will be reliant upon your endocannabinoid system and how your body reacts to cannabis edibles.
The purpose of tinctures is to make edible cannabis recipes.
Since tinctures are so effectively measured, you can add an exact amount to any dish without distinctively influencing the flavor.
It is effortless to measure the specific sum expected to feel the impacts of the weed tincture and track down the Minimum Effective Dose (M.E.D.), so you don’t consume it beyond a limit.
Keep in mind that cannabis turns out to be different for every individual who consumes it, so it is essential to try a couple of different strains and doses to find what turns out best for you.
If you need to measure the effectiveness or strength of a tincture, start with a bit of dose and later increase drop by drop until you feel the effects.
As you might know, many people might not be okay with the presence of alcohol in the weed tinctures and prefer a tincture sans alcohol. Um, how does one do that? Read to know more.
How to Remove Alcohol from Weed Tinctures?
Separating alcohol from your tincture will leave behind a potent concentrate of the herbs used to make your weed tincture. When you work with marijuana, T.H.C. or CBD oil will be left behind.
There are diverse ways by which you can remove alcohol from your weed tinctures. Also, some of you might know that alcohol will eventually evaporate if the solution is left unattended for a long time.
Moreover, one can also speed up the evaporating process by changing the air pressure, temperature, and airflow.
When you add heat to the system, the evaporation speed will significantly increase along with safety issues as one might have to monitor the entire process of evaporation closely. Applying an excessive amount of heat to the tincture can decarboxylate and burn the evaporated concentrate creating an unusable oil.
Not to forget, there are safety concerns related to combining heat and alcohol, and one should never mix heat and alcohol without considering the risks involved and must make sure to have a proper ventilation system.
Now that you know, you will have to increase the airflow to evaporate alcohol from your tincture; let us guide you on how you can build your evaporation system.
But before jumping onto the main part, keep these two things in mind:
- 1The amount of airflow is measured in SCFM, which stands for Standard Cubic Feet per Minute.
- 2The tincture’s surface area is exposed to the airflow.
How To Build A.V.A. or Alcohol Vanishing Apparatus?
The following are the materials that you will need, along with a detailed description of what must you buy and why:
20 Inch Box Fan: The standard kind with three speeds; however, we do not recommend the slow speed ones. A smaller-sized one will work as well, yet the bigger ones eliminate the potential risk of the jet stream effect while reducing the capability of the system to evaporate. The 20″ model combined with the 24″ x 24″ measurement of the shelves makes an even flow of air in the unit.
Wired Bookshelves: The shelves basic dimensions of the shelves must be 24 “X 12″ X24”. Two are used to create a cube shape that can easily hold four trays of a tincture; however, you must never load more than two trays in at a time.
The wire bookholder is vital as it gives the perfect amount of construction for holding a tray of the tincture while releasing a proper airflow.
Wire Ties: Wire ties are used to get your shelves together and secure the fan properly fan to the bottom of your wire shelves.
Transparent Plastic Sheets: The purpose of using this sheet is to wrap your shelves into an air-tight fume hood. A clear sheet is suggested because it permits light so you can see the tincture tray within the unit while the evaporation is in process.
A dark black wrap will turn out great for containing airflow. However, it will deliver within your A.V.A. into a dark cavern that can require extra lighting to see within. A source at minimum 100 square feet of clear plastic sheet to cover an A.V.A. estimating 24″x 24″ x 24″.
A 6″ Duct Hose: A flexible hose runs from the back of a dryer to the vent. The standard dryer pipe hose measures 4″; however, try looking for a 6″ or 8″ one.
Furnace Air Filter: A 20″x 20″ model to fit the size of your box fan just right. It will channel any foreign matter present in your room from your evaporated concentrate. Settling on HEPA filtration may be an advantage depending upon the nature of the room air in your environment, anyway not a hard necessity.
Duct Tape: Duct tape is supposed to close any areas where air may get away from or vented through the ductwork. Keep at least two rolls of duct tape handy with you. Opt for white-colored duct tape cause it will blend well with the clear sheets.
Foam or Wood for Mounting Duct Work: Any material will do here; the aim is to properly hold the exhaust ventilation work in a manner that can be mounted in a window while giving some backdraft seal.
Air Conditioner Weather Stripping: This foam is used to guarantee an air-tight seal between the box fan and the bookshelf bottom. Any weather stripper or foam will work here. However, the Air Conditioner options available at local stores are delicate and flexible enough to give a decent seal without precision or fuss.
Build the wire bookshelf and place them close to one another, so they form a 3D square. These wire shelves are normally come with three racks that can be mounted at different heights using the mounting hardware. The suggested mounting height is as per the following:
- Mount the base most rack at 8″ from the base feet.
- The middle shelf needs to be placed 12″ from the bottom.
- Place the bottom shelf at the topmost spot.
When the positioning of the racks is sorted out, affix the two shelves together durably using the wire ties.
Cut the air conditioner stripping into 20-inch strips. Cut four strips 20 inches each.
Fasten the box fan to the bottom of the shelves. Do this by weaving the wire ties through the grate of the fan, followed by wire metal shelving. Before working on the wire ties, embed the air conditioner weather stripping foam in the middle of the fan and shelves along the edge of the fan.
Make sure to secure the wires properly.
Wrap the exterior of the wire shelves using plastic wrap. Wrap the top, sides, and back of the shelf; however, leave the front open. Use duct tape to seal any folds or creases that may permit airflow to get away.
Use duct tape, apply it to the border of the front that has been left open. Tape the left side and the right side, making a 2″ perimeter of duct tape. Later, the top and bottom. Then, apply Velcro to this border of duct tape.
Take a plastic wrap and cut it into a 24″ by 24″ square. Now, apply Velcro to the border of the square.
The Velcro must be at the opposite side of the Velcro you applied in Step 6.
Adjoin this square onto the front opening to aim that the opposite sides of Velcro join to one another. When it is all set, gently press the Velcro together and create an air-tight door.
Measure the 6″ dryer duct and cut two pieces. Looking top-down, and start from the front left corner, measure 8″ to one side and 12″ to the back. Cut a 6″ hole in the center and then from the right side’s front corner, measure 8″ from the left and 12″ from the back. Cut a similar 6″ hole again. Mount the dryer hose over each hole by stringing a wire tie through the support wire of the hose through the wire on the top shelf. Use duct tape to make an air-tight seal between the plastic wrap and the ductwork. In the case of using 4″ ducts, make three openings perfectly spaced for ensuring an even airflow.
Mount the hoses in the foam window, and you are all set.
How to Run the A.V.A.?
Step 1: Take a large size aluminum tray that is about 3″ deep.
Step 2: Take a Teflon sheet and cut it into 20″ strips.
Step 3: Using the binder clips, carefully secure your Teflon sheets to the aluminum tray.
Step 4: Place the lined tray in A.V.A. and add the liquid.
Step 5: Empty your tincture into the tray once positioned in your A.V.A. Filling the plate after it is in A.V.A. will prevent you from spilling the liquid while trying to move a filled tray.
Step 6: Close the Velcro and turn on the fan at a low speed.
Step 7: Stay patient till the alcohol is completely evaporated. It might take a while.
We hope this helps you to relish an alcohol-free tincture.