By popular demand, here is how to make cannabis tincture!
I polled my Facebook followers on which new infusion type I should post as a reprint from my book, The Easy Cannabis Cookbook (2018, Callisto Media). Since I have already covered making Marijuana Butter and Marijuana Oil on this site, I gave the readers the choice between Milk and Cream, Honey and Syrup, Sugar, or Tincture. I cover ALL of these infusions techniques and more in the book, but the one my Facebook followers chose overwhelmingly was (drum roll please):
Making DIY Cannabis Tincture!
I understand why tincture was such a popular choice. THC or CBD alcohol tincture is easy to make, easy to use, discreet, and extremely versatile.
There are other methods to make tinctures using heat, but since alcohol is so flammable, why take the chance? The method outlined in my book takes a little time, but no real effort.
Here are the Simple Tincture Instructions, as reprinted from The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.
Cannabis Tincture Recipe
Alcohol based tinctures could not be easier to make or use to infuse most any recipe – just stir in a few drops.
Besides making edibles, tinctures are also effective when taken sublingually. Place a few drops under your tongue and feel the effects far faster than waiting for an edible to digest.
Cannabis Tincture: Vegan/Gluten Free
Tincture Dosage when made according guidelines in the book (using 10% THC cannabis for details please see my FREE Dosing class) about 175 mg THC per ounce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Infuse Time: 4 days
Yield: 1 cup
Ingredients for Cannabis Tincture:
- 1/2 ounce crumbled decarboxylated cannabis
- 1 1/8 cups high proof alcohol such as Everclear, 151 rum, or a high proof vodka, or other food grade high proof alcohol
Tools Needed for Making Cannabis Tincture:
- Kitchen scale
- Mason jar
- cheesecloth and strainer or yogurt straine
Cannabis Tincture Making Instructions:
- Place cannabis and alcohol in a Mason jar. Cover and shake. Store in a cool dark cabinet and let steep for 4 days, taking the jar out to shake each day.
- Strain by pouring through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or through a fine mesh yogurt strainer. Store in a dark glass bottle in the fridge.
Marijuana Tincture Recipe Notes and Variations
You can substitute other alcohols like tequila, whisky, bourbon, etc. but generally speaking, the higher the proof, the better your tincture will infuse. This can definitely help with how palatable the finished cannabis tincture will be.
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Infused Tinctures for Cannabis Cocktails
For lighter dosed infused alcohols to use in cannabis cocktails, make the tincture from 151 rum or high proof vodka and increase the amount of spirits in this recipe to 4 cups.
Cooking with Tinctures
Can you cook with tinctures? YES!
That said, I have never created many THC tincture recipes. That's because you don't really need recipes with tincture.
It is easy to just add a few drops of cannabis tincture to pretty much anything you are already making. Or anything you are eating or drinking.
That's how easy cooking with tinctures is. Stir in and you are good to go!
Also from The Easy Cannabis Cookbook: