Unlocking the secrets of green dragon. Including all the steps to make cannabis-infused tinctures, how to dose it and 5 ways to use it.
Do you sometimes feel frustrated by cannabis terms? Like what does kief, bubble hash, and green dragon even mean? It’s like if the stoner community comes up with theses cannabis terms just to mess with your head.
Let me tell you, you are not alone
I faced the same situation when I encountered green dragon for the first time on one of my stoner facebook groups.
This is why I decided to find exactly what green dragon is and why it is so amazing! I even found 5 ways to use it, which I will share with you right away!
What is green dragon?
Green dragon, also known as golden dragon, is simply cannabis-infused alcohol. The more common name for this alchool-based cannabis extraction is cannabis tincture.
The rich history of green dragon
Cannabis tincture is one of the oldest forms of medicine there is. They have been used all over the world for multiple centuries. Found in China, Egypt, Europe and beyond, cannabis tinctures were even used in the middle ages as an analgesic to treat multiple ailments like toothaches.
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Is it for me?
Green dragon is perfect for cannabis enthusiasts who are looking for ways to consume this plant without smoking it. So if you want to protect your lungs, green dragon is the way to go.
Green dragon is also easy and affordable to make. While this concoction takes longer to make than cannabis-infused oil, it is less hand-on. You just forget it in a closet and come back to it later.
Green dragon is also easy to dose and very discrete. Kept in a small dark-colored dropper bottle, it can follow you wherever you go.
How to make green dragon
Green dragon is made by infusing cannabis buds, shake or stems in high-proof alcohol like Everclear.
While there are multiple ways of making green dragon, the following stoner-proof method is the easiest.
- The cannabis is first decarboxylated, then put into a jar with the alcohol.
- The jar is then left to infuse in a dark place, like a cupboard, for 2 to 3 weeks. It is also recommended to shake the jar every couple of days.
- Finally, when the tincture has taken a dark green color, the green dragon is strained through a fine sieve or through a cheesecloth to remove the plant matter.
The cannabis-infused alcohol can then be kept for a long period of time in an airtight sealed jar away from the light.
How to dose cannabis tinctures
Cannabis tinctures are often portioned by milliliters. This means on average, one mL of tincture is one “portion”. This is where a dropper bottle with a 1ml pipette comes in handy. The strength of the tincture will also depend on the strength of the cannabis used in the tincture and the ratio used.
A typical dose of THC for ingestion is approximately 10mg of THC, but this varies from person to person. Take person A, per example, who is a 6 foot 5 football player who consume cannabis daily, and take person B, a 5 foot 2 spitfire of a woman who has never tried cannabis before. You can’t expect the same dose of green dragon to affect them in the same ways.
This is why I highly recommend starting low and slow. Start with a dose of 2.5 mg of THC and then increase little by little until you find your sweet spot.
I also recommend using a THC calculator to estimate the amount of THC in a tincture. They are only good as an estimate of the potency but it is still better than going in blind. Using such a tool means that you can also recreate a similar tincture in the future.
Effects: What to expect?
The effects of the tincture will depend on how you consume it. When taken sublingually, the THC will be absorbed rapidly through the blood vessels in your mouth. You should feel the first effects of the tincture between 15 to 45 minutes after ingestion. You should feel the peak of the high at around 90 minutes after dosing.
If you decide to swallow the tincture, it will be absorbed through your liver. This takes longer before the first effects are felt but the high will last longer. You can expect the same effects and onset as with a typical consumption of edibles since it is the same process.
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5 ways to use green dragon
Spray bottles are becoming a popular way to microdose cannabis tinctures. You can spray the tincture into to mouth, preferably under the tongue, as needed. This act like a sublingual consumption
You can store the tincture in a dark dropper bottle and place 1mL of the concoction under the tongue with the dropper.
Very discrete, these two methods of consumption are great for discrete and convenient consumption on the go but can be unpleasant due to the burning feeling of the alcohol. The next 3 alternatives are great for a burn-free experience!
You can add the tincture to drinks you enjoy, let it be coffee, tea, soda or mocktails. Tinctures are great additions to any flavored syrups too!
This consumption method will act like an edible. The advantage of this method is that the alcohol with blend perfectly with the drink, compared with an oil-based cannabis-infusion which would float on the surface of the drink and could end up coating the glassware instead of ending up in your belly.
You can add cannabis-infused alcohol in most food you prepare, let it be in baked good, like this amazing lemon loaf, or in home-made gummies. Cannabis tinctures are very versatile and can be added to almost any food.
The sky is the limit!
Some people like to apply tinctures on their skins. Topicals are a great option if you are looking for localized pain relief without the high associated with cannabis. Using a tincture or green
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