Introduction to Cannabis Program
Introduction to Cannabis Program

Switching From Inhalation to Tincture

Learn the basics of how to switch to a cannabis tincture from inhalation. Dr. Sulak will show you how using a tincture may actually prevent your symptoms compared to chasing and treating them with inhalation after they occur. Tincture use is a more efficient and economical delivery of cannabis and will reduce your consumption by up to 50% or more.

Introduction to Tinctures

What are the benefits of switching?

Switching from inhalation to tincture can provide many benefits:

  • A proactive approach rather than a reactive approach
  • Precise dosing with longer duration compared to inhalation
  • More discreet usage
  • No special device needed
  • More economical versus inhalation

Tinctures: The Basics

The different kinds of tinctures and their administration.

Dr. Sulak describes the pro’s and con’s of the various types of tinctures and how to use them.

  • Alcohol Based Tincture
  • Glycerine Based Tincture
  • Oil Based Tincture

Finding the Correct Tincture Dosage

Getting the right dosage is important.

Your dosage is unique to you. Dr. Sulak explains the bi-phasic nature of dosing medical cannabis.

  • Start small – Less is more.
  • Consider a blend of THC, CBD, and THCA
  • Do not go by the “dropper-full” method
  • Follow the Introduction To Cannabis – Tincture Program

How to Use a Tincture

How to use your tincture therapeutically.

A simple step-by-step guide to using a cannabis tincture therapeutically.

  • Shake the bottle
  • Place alcohol based tinctures in small amount of water
  • Hold tincture in mouth for 1 – 2 minutes
  • Wait 45 minutes to assess effectiveness
  • Use your “Inner Inventory”
  • Naturally you will want to inhale less and less
  • Continue to take your daily breaks and try our wellness activities

Suggested Video – The Smoking Breath

Suggested Video – Inner Inventory

Tincture Recipe


Used to deliver medicine for quick absorption without smoking, tinctures are created by extracting the therapeutic substances from the cannabis plant into alcohol (e.g. hard liquor such as brandy or vodka). Patients and/or their caregivers can easily create medical cannabis tinctures.


1 pint of hard liquor such as brandy, vodka, or Everclear (use the highest proof available).

2 ounces of cannabis (buds make a stronger tincture, leaves or trim make a less potent but still very effective tincture)


Blender, Strainer, Cheesecloth, Paper bag, Coffee Filter

1-pint glass mason jar with lid

Small colored brown or blue glass bottles with droppers (these can be found in many natural food stores). Avoid plastic containers as the ethanol in the tincture may solubilize some of the free vinyls in the plastic.

Funnel to fit into the small dropper bottles


The most potent medical benefits of cannabis are achieved by activating the cannabis with heat. This causes a change from the acidic to the alcohol form of the molecule, known as decarboxylation.

Grind the cannabis in a blender, coffee grinder, or food processor into small particles, but not powder.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Many consumer ovens’ thermostats are inaccurate, so please verify the temperature with an oven thermometer.

Spread the ground cannabis evenly on a baking sheet.

Bake at 325°F for five minutes or until the first signs of smoke or vapor can be seen.

Note: Some experts recommend decarboxylation at 240°F for 45-60 minutes. While this takes longer, it may do a better job of preserving essential oils and other therapeutic substances in cannabis


Place ground and activated cannabis in the 1-pint mason jar.

Fill the jar with high-proof alcohol, leaving a half inch at the top. Apply lid.

Place the lidded mason jar with the alcohol and cannabis in it in a paper bag and place the paper bag in the freezer. Shake the jar once a day for three to four days.


Place ground and activated cannabis in the 1-pint mason jar.

Fill the jar with high-proof alcohol, leaving a half inch at the top. Apply lid.

Place the jar in a brown paper bag in a cool, dark place. Shake for a few minutes every day for three to four weeks. (Some experts recommend up to six months for a stronger preparation.)


Line the strainer crosswise with cheesecloth.

Pour contents of the mason jar through the strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl. Tightly twist the cheesecloth at the end to squeeze out any remaining solution.Discard the plant matter and cheesecloth.

Using the small funnel, pour the resulting liquid into dropper bottles for storage. A small section of a coffee filter can line the funnel to remove the remaining debris before it goes into the dropper bottles.

Store the filled dropper bottles in a cool, dark location.


Depending on the potency of the leaf used, 5-15 drops per dose can be taken directly or diluted with water or juice. If you are using a very high proof alcohol, then be sure to mix your tincture with water or another liquid to prevent burning or irritation to your mouth. This can be done after the tincture is complete or diluted with a liquid at each time of use.