Since marijuana became legal in Oregon on October 1, 2015, it's been my great joy to celebrate dope culture.
One of the ways I do so is by growing marijuana plants. In this, I am not alone (shout out to my stoner peeps). Alas, my success at growing as been less-than-stellar.
But, my plants this year are off to a roaring start. I had great clones (cuttings), a new raised garden in our (very private) back yard, great soil and a secret weapon.*
Today I pruned Cherry Pie** and walked away with a handful (26 grams of leaf) of cutting.
Make a tincture!
I blended the leaves with 80 grams of Everclear to make a slurry, and poached it for 20 minutes. The yield was 1/4 cup of dark green tincture.
The next step is soap making as usual. As I write this, the lye is coming down to 90 degrees (from 200) and the coconut oil is holding on a sunny windowsill at 90.
I combine lye and fat and affix a hand blender. The blender will saponify the two in about 30 minutes, creating liquid soap.
The tincture is so green it stained the small plastic strainer I strained it in. I wonder if it'll turn our skin green?
(One Hour Later)
This has happened before -- the soap seizes up as soon as an additive is blended in. The soap 'works,' -- the suds are abundant, it's just rough and looks home made.
I'm going to try an olive oil soap (this one is coconut oil) to re jigger the recipe.
I'll report back in a month when the soap is cured and we'll find out if it stains the skin (oh my!)
* A fertilizer called "Monterey Fish and Guano" (it's also marketed under the name "Fish and Poop." Yup. Fish and Poop. It smells exactly like what's in it.
** Cherry Pie is a hybrid of Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison.