The cannabis world is full of DIY projects that you can complete in your kitchen, from CBD balms to cannabutter. You’ll discover all there is to know about cannabis tinctures in this step-by-step tutorial, including how tinctures function, the advantages of cannabis tinctures, and how to make a tincture at home.
What is a tincture and how does it work?
A cannabis tincture is a cannabis extract that is often made with alcohol. Tinctures have become increasingly popular among marijuana users since they are a smokeless ingestion method and can be manufactured at home quickly.
Cannabis tinctures can be administered sublingually, which means placing a few droplets under the tongue. Tinctures may also be used in a variety of recipes. A tiny amount of cannabis tincture may add nutritional value to ice cream, gravy, soups, salads, and other beverages by being added to them.
Cannabis tinctures, unlike other edible cannabis products, work considerably faster than traditional edibles like brownies or gummies. In fact, if taken correctly, cannabis tinctures’ effects can begin in only a few seconds rather than the hour or more that marijuana edibles take to have an effect. That’s due to the sublingual tissue under the tongue, which allows cannabinoids to go straight into the circulation without being digested first.
Tinctures should be held under the tongue for 30 seconds, ideally while rubbing them into the tissue, to get the full impact. While cannabis tinctures consumed sublingually have an accelerated onset of action, they do not have as long a duration as those ingested orally. They do, however, tend to stay in your system longer than cigarettes or vaporizing marijuana.
Tinctures are a simple way to administer cannabis, as they may be dosed with an eyedropper. Rather of guessing how much marijuana to use in a joint or a bite of a brownie, an eyedropper gives you precise information on the amount of THC you’re consuming. This is especially essential for those who are new to the psychoactive effects of THC and/or sensitive to them. Although some cannabis users have claimed to experience negative effects from consuming too much THC in edible form, placing a few drops of tincture under the tongue can prevent it. Cannabis consumers who are worried about getting too high can spit out the tincture after 30 seconds if it sits under the tongue.
Please keep in mind that, because of the alcohol content of the tincture, you may feel a mild burning sensation in your mouth. If the discomfort is severe, apply the cannabis tincture topically for more subtle effects.
What do you use to make a tincture?
There are a few essential items and components needed to produce a cannabis tincture. Here’s everything you’ll need to make one in your kitchen:
- 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 suggested)
Tip: According to Green Roads, high proof alcohol is best since the higher the proof, or concentration of alcohol, the more readily it will dissolve cannabinoids. It’s not a good idea to use isopropyl alcohol instead. Grain alcohol such as Everclear or other food-grade ethanol should be used instead.
To produce your cannabis tincture, follow these four easy steps:
- Break up your cannabis and place it in an oven preheated to 230 degrees Fahrenheit (110 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes.
- Place the decarbed cannabis in a glass jar and submerge it with just enough alcohol to cover the buds.
- Place the cannabis and alcohol mixture in a mason jar. Cover tightly, label, and store in a cool, dark location for three weeks. Shake the tincture once daily. The cannabis and alcohol combination must adhere to 21 days so that the cannabinoids are completely absorbed into the alcohol. If you want to make the tincture right away, simply shake the jar for several minutes to dissolve all of the cannabinoids. Be aware that you may be losing important compounds while doing so, and that your tincture will certainly be less potent
- After 21 days, pour the cannabis and alcohol mixture into a tincture bottle through a coffee filter-lined funnel, leaving enough room for the eyedropper.
Do tinctures get you drunk?
According to Dr. Adie Rae, a neuroscientist and scientific advisor to Weedmaps, drinking excessively on a tincture is possible but not likely. “You’d have to consume a lot of alcohol-based tinctures, and if it had THC in it, you’d feel the ‘overdose’ of THC before you felt an alcohol buzz. A shot glass is 40 milliliters in volume, or around 1 fluid ounce. A tincture bottle has a capacity of 30 milliliters, which is about half a fluid ounce. So a tincture bottle contains roughly one standard serving of alcohol, but at least 30 servings of cannabinoids,” she continued.
Can you make tinctures without alcohol?
Yes, it is feasible to produce tinctures without alcohol, although they are technically not tinctures. Because all you’re trying to do is dissolve the cannabinoids into the solution, virtually any food-grade oil will suffice. Some come with additional health advantages as well. “Hemp seed oil is a wonderful source of omega-6 fatty acids,” Rae said.
If you do decide to use an oil infusion, be careful not to overheat it.
Why are so many store-bought tinctures made with MCT oil?
According to Rae, there are a number of reasons why many commercial tinctures utilize medium chain triglyceride, or MCT, oil. “MCT oil is inexpensive and plentiful; it’s also odorless, colorless, and has a high smoke point, making it ideal for cannabinoid extraction without burning the substance or altering its flavor,” she adds.
If shopping for a cannabis tincture, ask your budtender to point out a high-quality product and walk you through the ingredient list.
Bottom line on homemade cannabis tinctures
Cannabis tinctures are an excellent choice for cannabis users looking to consume it another way. Tinctures are the ideal medium between smoking and eating cannabis, with a faster onset time and longer duration of effects than edibles. You may make your own cannabis tincture at home with just a few basic ingredients and equipment. However, before starting a weed tincture regimen or experimenting with other cannabinoid products, you should consult your doctor.