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Learn how to make a marijuana tincture. They are convenient, portable, and discreet products that can provide fast-acting and long-lasting effects. Interested in making your own batch of cannabis tincture oil? Follow our simple tincture recipe to create an affordable and personalized infusion.

What Is a Marijuana Tincture?

Marijuana tinctures are usually alcohol-based cannabis extracts. High-proof alcohol is used as a solvent to dissolve the plant’s active ingredients and in the final product. Alcohol-based cannabis tinctures can contain between 60-70% alcohol.

Since alcohol-based tinctures can taste bitter, vegetable glycerin, sweeteners, and flavoring may be added to improve the flavor. Commercial tincture producers may add other natural ingredients like vitamins, supplements, and herbal extracts.

Cannabis tinctures offer several benefits, including fast-acting and long-lasting effects and a long shelf life. It’s a versatile product that can be added into food or drinks or taken on its own by applying drops under the tongue.

What Do You Need to Make Cannabis Tinctures?

Making a cannabis tincture at home is super easy and affordable. Cannabis plant material and high-proof grain alcohol are the main ingredients.

Here is what you need to make a cannabis tincture:

  • Cannabis flower 
  • Cannabis grinder
  • Baking dish with see-through cover
  • Oven thermometer
  • Glass jar (opaque or clear)
  • High-proof alcohol (190 proof grain alcohol; do not use isopropyl alcohol)
  • Coffee filter
  • Dropper bottle
  • Funnel

How to Make a Marijuana Tincture

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Cannabis tinctures are simple and affordable to make at home. It doesn’t take much time, either! All you need are a few supplies and ingredients that you probably already have around the house.

Warning: Alcohol is very flammable. Use extreme caution when working with alcohol near an open flame.

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Ready to make your own cannabis tincture? Follow these simple instructions:

  1. Collect all the supplies and ingredients.
  2. Break the cannabis flower down into pea-sized pieces by hand, with a grinder, or with scissors.
  3. Decarboxylate the cannabis material (decarbing is not necessary if you plan to remove the high-proof alcohol via heating)
    1. Preheat the oven to 212º F.
    2. Put the ground cannabis in a baking dish with a see-through cover. Spread the cannabis evenly across the bottom of the dish.
    3. Put an oven thermometer on top of the cannabis and cover the dish with the cover.
    4. Place the baking dish in the oven. Check every few minutes and take note when the thermometer reaches 212º F.
    5. Once the oven reaches the desired temperature, leave the baking dish inside for one hour and 20 minutes. Ensure the thermometer reads 212º F throughout the baking process.
    6. After one hour and 20 minutes, turn off the oven and use an oven mitt to remove the dish from the oven.
    7. Let the dish cool for about 30 minutes before removing the cover.
  4. Put the decarbed cannabis in an airtight container.
  5. Add enough high-proof alcohol in the jar to completely submerge the cannabis.
  6. Let the jar sit for at least 24 hours and up to three months. Shaking the mixture every day can help dissolve more trichomes. The mixture may start to turn green or brown.
  7. Strain the mixture into a funnel lined with a coffee filter into an opaque dropper bottle. Note the production date. Store in a cool and dark space.

How to Use Cannabis Tinctures

How do you consume cannabis tinctures? A dose of cannabis tincture is usually dropped under the tongue and held for about 60 seconds while it is absorbed by the mucous membranes. After 60 seconds, users can swallow the cannabis oil. 

Cannabis tinctures can also be added to your favorite food or drink. Just add a few drops into your morning cup of coffee, lunch-time soup, or savory sauce during dinner. Anything goes!

Are you new to cannabis tinctures? Start with a low dose (2.5-5 mg) and slowly increase the dosage to reach your desired effects. When taken sublingually, effects should appear within minutes and last for a few hours.

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How to Store Marijuana Tinctures

Store tinctures in an opaque and glass bottle. Avoid clear and plastic bottles. If clear bottles are all you have on hand, make sure to keep your bottle in a cool and dark place. Exposure to heat and light can break down cannabinoids in your tincture. In an optimal storage environment, alcohol-based tinctures can be stored for 3-5 years. 

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