Dissolving Acidic Cannabinoids for a THCA Tincture by CAT Scientific

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Dissolving Acidic Cannabinoids for a THCA Tincture by Steve Gold

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  1. I’m a huge fan of all you do here – this is the best cannabis site anywhere with priceless information for anyone wanting to make friends with this magic plant. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

    Concerning the value of the acidic cannabinoids found in fresh flowers and leaf, it was interesting to read the author’s information. I’ve benefitted from this form of the plant for the last 4 years and my experience with this might be of interest to others.

    I started using leaf in my daily smoothie and it was good, but since the buds are where the action is I started using frozen fresh buds instead. I never juiced any of it since the trichs are sticky and not water soluble so would likely stick to the juicer and/or get discarded with the green “waste” from the juicer.

    The effects were easily 10X what they were using only leaf, and with typical commercial strains (high THC, low CBD) these smoothies gave me a nice energy lift along with a mood lift as well – all without any feeling of getting high.

    After a few months using them every day in a smoothie (this first round was all high THC varieties) I suddenly realized when I bend/knelt down to tend my plants, I was able to do this without pain. I’m old….so had made friends with my beginning arthritis as a cost of getting old, along with typical prostate issues. Once I noticed this lessening of arthritis pain (and greatly increased mobility in all my joints) I also realized my lifelong depression had vanished as well. No more St. John’s Wort – didn’t need it. My prostate issues cleared up, my skin heals noticeably faster and overall I feel 10 years younger.

    I’ve been using fresh/frozen buds in smoothies since 2012, and at 62 can get up off the floor without using my hands (hadn’t been able to do that for many years) and no longer feel arthritic or depressed. Prostate issues have cleared up as well. For the first couple of years I used it daily (maybe 5-7gm flowers/day), and since then I’ve cut back to a couple-few times a week.

    I was baffled at the healing aspect of fresh bud on my arthritis until I read that our cartilage has CB2 receptors, as do many/most of our internal organs. Mystery solved!

    As exciting as true scientific research on cannabis is these days, I feel if we wait for all the studies to be done we’ll lose precious time. The acidic cannabinoids have been labeled “bio-inactive” by many, but if you suffer from any of the above ailments I urge you to try fresh/frozen cannabis buds in your daily smoothies for a while and see what they do for you.

    And a plus – harvest/freeze ’em and if you change your mind, you can still dry/smoke/extract them without much if any loss of potency from what I’ve seen. They’re darker but no less effective.

    If you’ve gotten this far – thank you for your time, and I hope you have as much success as I have eating fresh cannabis. My website has nothing to sell at all and has a bit more info on this subject.


  2. Posted by TF on July 21, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    In simple English can someone explain how to make this at home or where to buy such thca tinctures or products? Can you simply grind up marijuana leaves and eat them to consume tcha?


    • Buy an homogenizer. Mix dry sieve or bubble hash with refined coconut oil, and homogenize with homogenizer.

      Filter oil from solids. Easier using a vacuum assisted filtration system, as pictured in the article.

      I’ve never shopped for THCa tincture, but would start here in Oregon, by calling the dispensaries.

      We used to make brownies by adding ground plant material, but they tasted greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen, and some folks digestive tracks took umbrage. They were of course also not THCa.

      Extracting with a low polarity oil leaves the green chlorophyll behind, so sidesteps that issue, and if done cold, retains the THC in its acidic THCa form.




  3. Posted by Joe on June 12, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Hello, Love your site, my hat’s off to you! Can you suggest how to make a strong THC tincture, for sublingual use..perhaps with VG or pg – without using alcohol, dry ice or fancy lab equipment, Thanks!


  4. If you want the acidic cannabinoids: take a crude extract mix throughly with a water/alcohol solution containing sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) at pH ~9, then add water and oil (vegetable oil should work fine). Mix throughly and let the layers separate, the salts of the acids should be in the water layer (on the bottom). You will have to play around with this to get optimum results. The water/alcohol can then be removed by evaporation, preferably via a rotary evaporator at high vacuum (use a diaphragm pump for this instead of oil pump or you’ll risk destroying your pump to water).

    As sodium salts the acidic cannabinoids will not decarboxylate, however they will still oxidize so they should be stored under nitrogen or used quickly.


  5. Posted by Bizzle on February 10, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    I can’t see the results, maybe it’s because I’m on mobile? Is it an image?


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