What is a Cannabis Tincture?
A cannabis tincture is a type of cannabis extract that is typically alcohol-based. Tinctures have gained popularity among cannabis consumers, since they are a smokeless consumption method which can also be easily prepared at home.
Before we proceed, It’s important to note down the key ingredients you’ll need first before you proceed. View the list of ingredients below and gather the following:
- 1 baking sheet
- 1 glass jar
- 1 glass tincture bottle with eyedropper
- 1 small funnel
- 1 strainer such as a coffee filter
- Cannabis (an eighth of an ounce suggested)
- Enough high-proof, food-grade alcohol to submerge the cannabis (190 proof grain alcohol such as everclear)
Important Tip: High-proof alcohol is recommended because a higher alcohol content, or proof, more easily dissolves the cannabinoids. Do NOT use isopropyl alcohol. Stick with food-grade alcohol like Everclear or other grain alcohol.
How to make cannabis tincture
Once you’ve gathered all the supplies mentioned, follow these four simple steps to make your cannabis tincture:
- Decarb your cannabis by breaking it up and placing it in an oven heated to 230 degrees Fahrenheit (110 degrees Celsius) for exactly 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, put the decarbed cannabis in a glass jar and add just enough alcohol to submerge the decarbed cannabis.
- Seal the jar and store in a cool, dark place for just about three weeks and shake once daily. The cannabis and alcohol mixture will need to sit for 21 days so the cannabinoids completely dissolve into the alcohol. If you want the tincture right away, you can shake the jar vigorously for several minutes and go to the next step. But be aware you might be leaving valuable cannabinoids behind and you’ll have a less potent tincture.
- After 21 days, strain the cannabis and alcohol mixture through a coffee-filter-lined funnel into the tincture bottle, leaving just enough room for the eyedropper.
Following the steps above will bring you a bottle of basic cannabis tincture. There are other tincture recipes found online that you can experiment with, such as Master Wu’s Green Dragon.