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Cannabis Tinctures: Make Your Own At Home

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Heather Burton and Kenneth Langford

07-26-2020

Tincture. It sounds like a strange word, but it’s one you should familiarize yourself with if you’re looking to reap the many beneficial cannabinoids of Cannabis. Tinctures are a herbal remedy dating back to ancient Egyptian times.

In fact, not more than a century ago, Cannabis tinctures were listed as a therapeutic remedy in the U.S Pharmacopia.

If you’re a recreational Cannabis user, chances are you haven’t passed around a dropper filled with oil. Next to inhaling Cannabis, although it takes a bit longer to reach effect, this effect will last much longer.

When it comes to medical Cannabis products, a tincture is easy on sugar and carbs (unlike edibles), and safe for your respiratory system (for those who don’t smoke.)

Making a Cannabis tincture at home is simple. For those new to the DIY Cannabis scene, starting with one of our tincture methods down below before you dabble in making gummies or concentrates.

Let’s get started. 

1

What is a Cannabis Tincture?

Cannabis tinctures are a reliable, accurate, and discrete way to consume Cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. 

Extraction preserves the wonderful features of the plant allowing a combination of uses in different situations and in different ways. You can drip directly under the tongue discreetly or before bed for a good night’s sleep. You can combine the tincture in your food and even apply externally on a source of pain or certain skin problems.

How to Make a Cannabis Tincture

There are a few different method options to choose from when making your cannabis tincture. Fortunately, most of them have the same ingredient requirements and follow the same steps.

There are those that prefer to use glycerine or coconut oil instead of high-proof alcohol to make their tinctures- and that is okay! You need to do what is best for you and what will work best for your body.

Fortunately, when it comes to cannabis in the kitchen, it is a forgiving plant. The first step in all of the recipes listed is decarboxylation.

Pro tip: The most important factor of making your own cannabis tincture at home is to not be afraid of failure. Not everyone makes a perfect batch on their first go, and that is okay.

Decarboxylation

Decarboxylation, or decarbing your cannabis is a simple process that converts the cannabinoids to their active form we know by eliminating carboxyl. For example, converting THCA into the well-known psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Both edibles and Cannabis tinctures require the searching process in order to make an effective and safe product.

Another important reason to decarb your cannabis is botulism. The last thing you want in your medical arsenal is toxins from bacteria!

All you have to do is:

  1. Preheat your oven to 220℉ or 100℃ 
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Place your chopped/busted cannabis on it. 
  4. Stick it in the oven until the sweet smell of Cannabis fills your kitchen (or about five minutes).

That’s it! There’s really nothing to it. You’ve officially learned how to decarb Cannabis.

Cold Cannabis Tincture Method

This Cannabis tincture method is easy peasy! Seriously, the steps are extremely “complex”: mix ingredients & wait five days. 

Supplies:

  • 1 oz of Cannabis
  • 1 qt pure grain alcohol (high-proof)
  • Mason jar & lid
  • Cheesecloth (straining)
  • Bud buster (grinder)
  • Glass jar & dropper

Pro tip: The best way to make a premium Cannabis tincture is with high-proof alcohol like Everclear. 

Directions:

First, grind and decarboxylate your Cannabis. Then, add the alcohol and it to the mason jar- close tightly.

Next, place the jar in your freezer for five days giving it a shake once per day. Alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water, so the jar will not break.

After 5-7 days, strain the cannabis and alcohol mixture with a  cheesecloth ( or coffee filters) into your glass jar. 

Presto! You’ve got yourself a Cannabis tincture.

Green Dragon Method

Just like the cold method, this method is as easy as pie! Or in this case, cheesecake because this is the “no-bake” tincture option. This method also requires time and jar shaking.

Supplies:

  • 1 oz of Cannabis
  • 1 qt pure grain alcohol (high-proof)
  • Mason jar & lid
  • Cheesecloth (straining)
  • Bud buster (grinder)
  • Glass jar & dropper

Directions:

This method is similar to the cold method minus the freezer part:

The first thing you need to do is bust up your weed and decarboxylate it.

Then add your decarbed weed to a mason jar and cover the plant matter in Everclear (or other high-proof alcohol).

Instead of popping your mixture into the freezer, stick it in a cupboard (or dark space) and remember to shake the jar once per day.

After two weeks, your Cannabis tincture is ready! Simply strain it with cheesecloth, silkscreen, or whatever you have on hand. 

Rid your herbal potion of all plant material, add it to your glass jar with a dropper, and voila- you’ve just made your own cannabis tincture!

Hot Green Dragon Method

The hot Green Dragon method is the same as the Green Dragon method, only with a little heat added to it. This is the fastest method of making your Cannabis tincture. Be sure you are in a well-ventilated area because (as the name implies) you will be working with heat.

While the first part of this recipe is the same as the last two, there’s a bit of a twist to this one.

First, cut up and decarboxylate your Cannabis for about five minutes in a preheated oven. 

Then, add your cannabis and alcohol to a mason jar.

This is where it gets a little different (and a little tricky). You want to double boil your tincture. If you have a double boiler, you’re more than prepared. If you’re like me and you don’t have fancy cooking gear, fill a pot with about an inch of water and place the mason jar inside.

Pro tip: Do not let any water get into your Cannabis tincture-it will spoil!

Finally, grab your oven mitts and strain your potion into a bowl. Once it is cooled, place it in a glass jar with a dropper to make daily dosing a breeze.

Tinctures: Cannabis Consumption Comparison

That’s it! Now you know how to make your own high-quality cannabis tinctures at home. 

So, what’s the difference between taking a cannabis tincture versus consuming an edible or smoking? 

Sublingual Dosing

Let’s get down to it. The biggest difference is the sublingual dosing. You’re probably thinking: what the heck is she talking about?

Sublingual literally means under the tongue. You put your Cannabis tincture under your tongue so it can be absorbed by your mucus membranes. 

This method of consumption completely bypasses your digestive system and enters your bloodstream within approximately 15 minutes of use. Aside from inhaling, using a Cannabis tincture has the second-fastest time-to-effect and a much longer one. 

Final Thoughts: Something to ‘Tinc About

For millennia, Cannabis tinctures have been used by people all across the world to provide therapeutic benefits. Long before prohibition, Cannabis was incredibly significant in the medical scene.

If you would like to reap the many benefits of Cannabis without smoking, or waiting hours for an edible to take effect, making your own Cannabis tinctures is your best bet.

The thing with Cannabis is that it works harmoniously. So, if you consume an edible because the effects last for several hours, but the time-to-effect isn’t ideal, take your Cannabis tincture instead.

Cannabis tinctures are making a comeback this year and for good reason!

We want to hear about your DIY Cannabis tincture experience, share your thoughts and tips in a comment below. And remember, stay lifted!

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