DIY Cannabis Tincture
There are many options for consuming cannabis. However, since the legalization of CBD with the 2018 Farm Bill, you may have noticed an influx in CBD or cannabis tinctures.
While you may be more familiar with the classic pot brownie, cannabis tinctures are far more bioavailable. Read on for how to make your very own DIY cannabis tincture!
DIY Cannabis Tincture: What Exactly Is A Cannabis Tincture?
Tinctures made from cannabis are one of the oldest forms for medicinal cannabis. In fact, they were first sold in pharmacies in the days before prohibition.
Today, you can usually find cannabis tinctures at various dispensaries and cannabis stores. They are often used for medical marijuana patients, however they have recently become more commercially available.
Tinctures can be described as cannabis extracts either made in a carrier oil or alcohol based. For the most part, DIY tinctures made at home are typically made using easier extraction methods like alcohol or glycerin. High grade professionally extracted tinctures are usually made using intensive equipment that infuses the cannabis into a carrier oil. Carrier oil based tinctures are most likely what you will find at the store or dispensary.
DIY Cannabis Tinctures vs. Store Bought
However, when it comes to home-made tinctures, the same principal applies across making any kind of herbal infused tincture. They are usually made with alcohol as alcohol is the easiest and oldest method of infusion as it is simple and highly effective.
In alcohol based tinctures, they are made using cannabis flower and soaking the flower in high-proof alcohol to make them cannabis-infused. They are typically made using only alcohol that is suitable for human consumption, of course.
You can also make a glycerin or alcohol-free tincture as well. However, it is less effective at bonding with the compounds within cannabis and many are not quite as satisfied with its effectiveness. This article will not be entirely about alcohol-based tinctures however.
DIY Cannabis Tincture: Can They Get You High?
The strength of your tincture, as well as the presence of cannabinoids, will impact whether you get high from cannabis tincture.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the cannabinoid responsible for the popular psychoactive effects of cannabis.
CBD is well-known as providing the physical benefits but not the ‘high’ sensation. You can find a cannabis oil that has the right effects for you, no matter your preference.
A full-spectrum THC tincture can produce psychoactive results if it has a high enough concentration. If not, a CBD tincture is also a great choice.
DIY Cannabis Tincture: Recipe
Tinctures are relatively easy to make depending on your extraction method. You just need the required materials and some patience.
Below is a recipe for making an alcohol based tincture.
- Cannabis flower
- Mason jar
- Everclear (or similar high-proof consumable alcohol)
- Cheesecloth or Coffee filter
- Glass dropper bottles
- To obtain a finer consistency, start with decarboxylating your cannabis.
- Next, combine alcohol and cannabis in a mason jar. Be sure to cover the mixture. The strength of your cannabis tincture will be determined by how much alcohol you use. You don’t have to measure the ratio exactly, but one gram is enough for one fluid ounce. It is a good idea to keep track so that you can modify it the next time you are making tinctures and keep track of the concentration and potency.
- Once the cannabis has been mixed, close the jar, shake and wait. The tincture should be kept in the fridge for approximately three weeks. At least once a day, give it a good shake to speed up the extraction process.
- When the liquid is ready to be strained, be sure to use the cheesecloth or coffee filter. After that, you can add the tincture in a small glass dropper. You can now use your tincture for consumption.
DIY Cannabis Tincture: Usage
Congratulations! Now you know how to make your own tincture.
However, keep in mind that you should always follow the golden rule: “Start low, go slow!”
Start with 1mL (or a single dropper) of your tincture. Either take it sublingually under your tongue, or add it to juice, tea, or any beverage of your preference.
Tinctures have a fast action and can take around 30 minutes to show results. It can take up to an hour and half for the effects to reach its peak, depending on how fast it is processed by your liver. To avoid an unpleasant high, it is best to not take another dose for at most five hours after you have tried it. Your tincture can be stored for many years. Just keep it in a cool, dark area in your home and take it out as needed.
A tincture is an easy and discreet way to use cannabis. Regardless if you’re a newbie or someone with a well built tolerance.