DIY Cannabis Tinctures
DIY cannabis tinctures are an excellent alternative to smoking and super easy to make at home.
Whether you’re an individual with a lung condition or you simply don’t like the often-pungent smell of weed, there are a number of reasons to love cannabis tinctures.
They are a convenient way to get high, and cannabis tinctures are discreet and easy to carry around.
Because they’re typically alcohol based, cannabis tinctures work much faster than traditional cannabis edibles. When it’s taken under the tongue, the effects of a cannabis tincture can start in seconds.
DIY cannabis tinctures are inexpensive to make at home, even with high-quality products.
If you’re interested in learning how to make your own cannabis tinctures at home, keep reading. We have a simple recipe to follow and more information about how to use these elixirs for pain relief or relaxing.
Get Cooking with Cannabis
Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make cannabis drops that you’ll never leave the house without:
One to two ounces of decarbed cannabis. If your cannabis hasn’t been decarbed, place it on a baking sheet, cover with tinfoil, and throw it in the oven for 25 minutes at 250°F.
A bottle of 80-proof (or higher) food-grade alcohol. According to the LCBO, Spirytus Gdanski (76 percent) is the strongest vodka in Canada. Everclear or other grain alcohol will also work. High-proof alcohol is recommended because a higher alcohol content more easily dissolves the cannabinoids. Vodka is preferred because it’s relatively colorless, tasteless, and odorless.
A mason jar with a tight lid.
Three Steps to Making the Best Cannabis Tincture in Town
- Mix your high-quality weed with high-proof alcohol in a glass jar.
- Close the jar and let it sit in a cool, dark place for at least a few weeks, shaking once daily.
- After a few weeks, strain the alcohol through a coffee filter to remove plant material.
The longer your tincture sits, the stronger it will be, but keep in mind the more chlorophyll will be released and the more unsavory it will be. There are recipes out there that call for the infusion to sit anywhere from three minutes to three months. Play around to find the time, potency, and taste that works for you.
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Can I Get Drunk from a Cannabis Tincture?
Getting drunk on a tincture can happen, but it’s not likely. You'd have to drink a lot, and you’d feel the overdose of THC long before you felt an alcohol buzz. A typical tincture bottle is 30 milliliters, just under one fluid ounce (or shot glass).
Glycerin is a great option for individuals who shouldn’t consume alcohol, even in small amounts. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) oil works well, also, since it doesn’t harden at room temperature like coconut oil or butter. However, many cannabis chefs would call these infusions rather than tinctures.
Once you’ve made the tincture, dosing is straightforward. Start with 1ml under your tongue. If you’re happy with the effects, you’re done. If you feel no changes or only a subtle difference in your condition, try 2ml the next day, and so on, until you find a dose that meets your needs.
Much like oils, alcohol-based tinctures can also be integrated into many recipes from ice creams to soups, or salad dressings and sodas. Your taste buds and THC tolerance are the limit.
Written by Karen Lloyd | Freelance Writer, Digital Marketing Expert
Karen Lloyd is a freelance writer, digital marketing expert and hippy at heart in the city with a small studio, spacious deck and enormous passion for all things cannabis, urban gardening and food equity in Toronto.