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How to Use Cannabis Tincture 

By Cheri Sicard
August 10, 2022

Dear Cheri,

Can you address how to use cannabis tincture?  Can I make edibles with tincture and cook with it?  If so, what edibles can I make with tincture?  It seems to me that this would be a really easy way to make edibles.  Am I wrong?

You are not wrong.  You certainly can make edibles with cannabis edibles.  And you are correct, this is a quick and easy way to make edibles. 

So let’s take a closer look at tinctures along with how to use cannabis tinctures

Types of Cannabis Tinctures and How to Make Them

Before I get any further, I just wanted to link to some some tincture making instructions. This recipe uses alcohol

You could alternatively make cannabis tincture with an oil.  To do this just make an extra strong cannabis infused oil.  I think MCT coconut oil tastes best.  My 4 foolproof ways to infuse cannabis oil tutorial can help.

Technically an oil tincture is not a “tincture” by the dictionary definition.  Nonetheless, cannabis oil tinctures are marketed as such and used in exactly the same ways, so I am going to include them here.

Some people make glycerin tinctures.  Even though these taste the best, I do not recommend them.  Why?  Because glycerin makes a terrible solvent/extractor for cannabis and you end up wasting a lot of potential potency in your cannabis if you make a glycerin tincture.  See this link for more information.

You can make THC tinctures, CBD tinctures, or use both for maximum therapeutic benefits.  Just remember than CBD can cancel THC’s high, so if a buzz is what you are going for, leave out the CBD.

How to use cannabis tinctures

Marijuana Tincture

You can make edibles with cannabis tinctures.  I will discuss that more below.

However, know that you can also use tinctures sublingually.  This means that you place a few drops under your tongue.

The effects of sublingual cannabis ingestion come on much faster than edibles, which have to be metabolized in the digestive system through the liver. 

Sublingual is not quite as fat as inhaling smoke or vapor, but almost. So if you need quick relief and don’t want to smoke, sublingual ingestions of a cannabis tincture might be right for you.

Can I make edibles with tincture?

Absolutely yes.  It’s super easy to do. 

Just mix your ideal dosage of tincture into whatever food or drink you like.  If you don’t know what your ideal dose, my dosing class, included with my dosage calculators, can teach you.  Just $5.00.  I do include a calculator specifically for when using tinctures.

Tincture are also terrific for discreetly medicating food and drinks on the fly, anytime, anywhere.  Just drop a few drops into your beverage of choice, into cereal, ice cream, on the bread of a sandwich, etc. etc.  Instant edibles!

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What edibles can I make with tincture?

You can make almost any kind of edible with cannabis tincture.  Truly, the sky is the limit.

  • If you are baking, you can stir tincture into batters
  • The same goes for pancakes and waffles
  • Stir into all kinds of other foods that will facilitate mixing in a liquid, for example dips, salad dressings, mashed potatoes, etc.
  • Stir into sauces after cooking
  • Use to medicate beverages of all kinds both hot and cold

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About the author

Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women, and The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.  Her online courses at have educated 1000s of students about marijuana, cannabis cooking for home cooks, and making infused topicals.

  • Do you recommend evaporating any of the alcohol off before adding to recipes? If so, how much? How do tinctures compare to cannabutter/oil in baked goods as far as taste and strength of the edible? Sorry for so many questions in one comment! 🙂

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