"Green Dragon" is a tincture made by leaching the buds, leaves, or stems of the cannabis plant in a high-proof alcohol. The active components dissolve into the alcohol resulting in a dark green or brown liquid, however, the purest, is amber in colour. Green or dark brown colours result from Chlorophyll being dissolved, along with plant waxes, and left over nutrients stored in the buds. The liquid is very potent and is usually dropped under one's tongue or it can be mixed with a variety of foods. In strictest terms, Green Dragon can be classified as an alcoholic beverage, but its primary purpose is to deliver cannabis compounds to the user. It is usually not intended for consumption in amounts which would be typical for most distilled spirits, such as the 50 ml shot.