I finally allowed one of my more trusted bud tenders at my old medical cannabis shop, Euphoria Wellness on S Decatur Blvd. in Las Vegas. They seem to pitch the finished products like edibles and tinctures more than the flower, which makes me think there's more commission money in it for them, and subsequently the ownership.
I think the finished products allow them to put as little, or a lot of actual Mary Jane goodness into their product and is a verifiable ripoff in the marijuanna trade these days. I always stayed away from this stuff as I figured someday I would start creating my own oil, butter and edibles. this way I could control what goes into it and just how potent I want it to be.
The truth is, if you do it right, you can increase the usable product by three fold by making your own from scratch. The professionals in this business use every bit of the plant. Stem, stalk, seed, flower and if possible, even the roots. It's real simple, here's what you do.
Locate some "core ingredient" that happens to be legal in your jurisdiction - 1/2 oz or so of bud, ad if you can get ahold of whole plant, you'll need a dry food processor to beat down the stem, stalk and seed.
Get a crock pot that has bot a high and low setting. This is the most important thing. You need to infuse your MJ on the LOW setting, not high. Don't get one with one setting only. it will destroy the released THC and suck.
Get four liters of olive oil. Yes extra virgin olive oil. It's tougher and has a higher viscosity. The crock pot wont break it down as easily, which is what will ruin your taste and potency.
Put it all in, set the crock to low and let it cook slowly.
Stir with a slotted spoon every 30 minutes gently.
About 6 to 8 hours will get your THC released from the plant and into your heated oil. The two will bvecome one super green Incredible Hulk Juice.
Get a metal sieve and a clean, non-stick plastic bowl for transferring your finished oil. The container store has great plastic that the oil will just roll off and not cling to.
Strain it all as many times as needed till the shake is all gone.
Throw the crap away. if you did it right, what you have left over shouldn't be any good.
It really isn't any harder than this. I get this from a well-accomplished expert family member that will remain nameless. The dispensary charges about $35 for what's in the pictures below. I figure I could get 20 times as much for twice as much money. Do the math :)
The verdict on the tincture?
Smooth mellow high, last seems to last all day. And, the word pain hasn't entered my mind in two days.