Cannabis tinctures are a versatile and discreet way to consume cannabis, and making your own at home is a simple process. In this guide, we will show you how to make cannabis tincture using common kitchen equipment and ingredients.
Step 1: Decarboxylation
Before making your tincture, you will need to decarboxylate your cannabis. This process activates the THC and CBD in the plant, making it more effective when consumed. To decarboxylate your cannabis, preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit, and spread your cannabis evenly on a baking tray. Bake for 30-40 minutes, then let it cool.
Step 2: Choosing the Right Solvent
The most common solvents used for making cannabis tinctures are alcohol, glycerin, and oil. Alcohol is the most popular solvent as it is readily available and efficient at extracting the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant. For this recipe, we will be using high-proof alcohol such as Everclear.
Step 3: Mixing the Ingredients
In a mason jar, combine your decarboxylated cannabis and high-proof alcohol, making sure that the cannabis is fully covered by the alcohol. Seal the jar tightly and store it in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar daily for 2-3 weeks.
Step 4: Straining and Filtering
After 2-3 weeks, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove any plant matter. Squeeze out any remaining liquid from the plant matter and discard it.
Step 5: Final Product
Your cannabis tincture is now ready to use! Store it in a dark glass dropper bottle and keep it in a cool, dark place. The tincture will last for several months to a year.
Making your own cannabis tincture at home is a simple process that can save you money and give you more control over the potency and effects of your tincture. With this guide, you can make your own potent tincture for medicinal or recreational use in the comfort of your own home. Remember to always use caution and follow safety guidelines when handling high-proof alcohol.