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Making a weed tincture at home is simple and easy. Whether you use flower or concentrates, you can infuse the material in high-proof alcohol to create a potent concentrate. Here is the best weed tincture recipe using the freezer method.
What Is a Weed Tincture?
Weed tinctures are cannabis concentrates, usually made with high-proof ethanol to dissolve the flower or trim’s trichomes. Vegetable glycerin-based tinctures do not contain ethanol. Both tinctures come in a dropper bottle for accurate dosing.
For some, alcohol-based tinctures can be too harsh for sublingual (under the tongue) absorption. If this weed tincture recipe burns your tongue, try a vegetable glycerin tincture recipe or add the alcohol-based tincture into a drink.
Weed tinctures are discreet since they produce no smoke or odor and are easy to carry in a purse or bag. The dropper bottle enables you to get a precise dose time after time. Best of all, sublingual absorption can produce quick-acting and long-lasting effects.
Weed Tincture Ingredients and Equipment
- Large, freezer-proof glass mason jars with lids
- Cheesecloth or paper towel
- High-proof alcohol (190-proof grain alcohol recommended). Higher alcohol concentrations are more effective at dissolving the cannabis trichomes.
- Decarboxylated cannabis flower, trim, bubble hash, or kief. Decarboxylation is not required if you will be purging the alcohol with heat.
How Much Alcohol and Cannabis to Use
|Type of cannabis||Alcohol (per wash)||Concentrate (when purged)|
|7 grams hash or kief||1 cup (250 ml)||3-5 grams|
|1 oz flower||2 cups (500 ml)||3-5 grams|
|2 oz leaves or trim||1 quart (1 liter)||3-5 grams|
|4 oz hash or kief||2 quarts (2 liters)||60-65 grams|
|1 lb flower||1 gallon (4 liters)||60-65 grams|
|2 lbs leaves or trim||2 gallons (8 liters)||60-65 grams|
Best Weed Tincture Recipe: Freezer Method
- Collect the equipment and ingredients.
- Place the ethanol (for first and second wash) in a freezer-proof jar and put it in the freezer for 1 hour. Ethanol should reach 17º F (-8º C) or lower. Place the alcohol for each wash in a separate jar. The amount of alcohol used depends on the type and amount of cannabis used (refer to the chart above).
- If you are using cannabis flower, leaves, or trim, place the cannabis in a jar and freeze it at the same time as the ethanol jars.
- If you are using concentrates like kief and hash, mix it in a jar with a small amount of room-temperature alcohol until it dissolves. Break up large pieces of hash with a fork.
- When the alcohol reaches the right temperature, remove half of it (and the jar of cannabis, if using flower) from the freezer.
- Add the cold ethanol to the jar of cannabis or hash/kief mixture during the first wash (refer to the chart above). You can add more alcohol to submerge the cannabis completely.
- Cover the jar and shake it to remove the trichomes from the plant material. Place the jar in the freezer.
- Let the jar sit in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. Take it out and shake it every few minutes.
- After 1 hour, remove the jar from the freezer and open it.
- If you are using flower or trim, use the outer band of the jar lid to fasten four layers of cheesecloth to the top of the jars.
- If using hash or kief, use a paper towel to filter any tiny plant fibers. The liquid will flow out more slowly.
- Pour the strained liquid into a clean glass jar. Cover the jar and set it aside. So far, about 70-80% of the active ingredients have been extracted.
- Remove the cheesecloth or paper towel. Avoid wasting cannabinoids in the cheesecloth or paper towel by adding it into the jar with the second wash of alcohol.
- Add the second jar of alcohol to the wet cannabis (refer to the chart above). If necessary, add more alcohol to submerge the cannabis completely.
- Cover the jar. Shake it to remove the trichomes from the plant. Put the jar in the freezer.
- Keep the jars in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. Shake the jar every few minutes. The second wash extracts about 16-21% more cannabinoids for a total of 91-96% extracted.
- Strain the tincture and enjoy.
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