Mar 102011
 

How To Make Weed Tincture

Tinctures are perhaps the least popular and beloved way of consuming marijuana. They don’t have the ritual that comes with smoking, nor the fun of edibles. Some long-term weed lovers might not even know exactly what tinctures are. Well, to clear that up, tinctures are a liquid concentration of cannabis, where the THC and cannabinoids have been leached out into alcohol. Put a few drops of this concentrated serum under your tongue, and within a few minutes you’ll be feeling the effects.

Why are tinctures underrated, in my opinion? Unlike edibles, the effects of tinctures can be felt rather rapidly, usually within 15 minutes. Although the high varies with respect to the type of bud used, tinctures are known for delivering a peak rather rapidly and then bringing a steady high over a long period of time. Unlike eating weed, you won’t be waiting around for an hour and a half, wondering if you’ve peaked yet and if it’s safe to go about your daily activities, or if you should resign your seriously baked self to the house. Tinctures don’t have a smell (unless you open the bottle!), so you can discreetly carry some with you wherever you go, and you won’t have to worry about finding a place to smoke. Let’s face it, even with a medical marijuana card, it makes sense to avoid the stress of a run in with the law and having to explain yourself.

And besides all those reasons, it’s just nice to have another way to medicate! You can purchase tinctures at most medical marijuana dispensaries. A small bottle of 100 drops will run you about $20, and 3 or 4 drops will deliver a moderate dose. Or, if you’re feeling creative, you can experiment with making your own tinctures at home. Here are the basic guidelines.

Supplies:

  • Pure grain alcohol of 90% strength or higher (Everclear)
  • Your bud of choice
  • A small glass jar with lid
  • Brown medicine bottle with eyedropper

Instructions:

  • Decide how much tincture you would like to make. A ratio of 1 gram of weed to 35 mL (1 fluid ounce) of alcohol is the minimum, although some people use up to 6 grams per 35 mL. Pick a moderate ratio for your first time, and see how it works for you. There are about 20-25 drops in 1 fluid ounce. An average dose calls for 3-4 drops, so you can expect 6-8 doses per ounce of Everclear you use.
  • Weigh out the amount of weed you would like to use, cut it up, and allow it to dry out. Fresh weed isn’t ideal for making tinctures.
  • Put the weed and Everclear in the glass jar, and allow it to soak. The mixture should soak for anywhere from 1-10 days-experts disagree about the optimum time; once again, this is a process of experimentation and finding a time frame that creates a product that feels good to you. Gently shake the mixture once a day.
  • After the soaking period is done, strain out the plant, and put the liquid in a dark brown medicine bottle with an eyedropper. This will protect the tincture from sunlight to keep the THC from breaking down, and allow you to dose easily.
  • Enjoy!

If you’d like more details on tincture making and their use, check out this comprehensive resource at Cannabis Culture.

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About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Digg and feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • http://tgagenetics.com Subcool

    This is my recipe for those that don’t support the use of Alcohol

    My question if you can tell me Ninja is how much stronger are the alcohol based tinctures in comparison.

    Alcohol free Cannabis Tincture
    By Subcool

    Recently I was introduced to a way to create a convenient cannabis based medicine. It does not require smoking or even the ingestion of baked goods but just a few drops under the tongue. It contains no harmful additives and if made correctly using good bud actually taste quite pleasant.

    I’d like to show you how to make this amazing cannabis preparation. It’s a vegetable Glycerin based Tincture that you can make easily with just a few inexpensive kitchen items. You simply soak high quality cannabis shake and kief in the Glycerin for 60 days.
    Glycerin is easy to find and the company “Now” makes a very high quality version you should be able to find it at your local health food store. I like to take high quality shake and bud and grind them up well and place in a 2 quart glass jar. I also like to add 5-7 grams of Kief to the jar to increase the medicines potency. Remember this will be ingested so keep everything sterile and use good tasting shake not waste leaf. Once you fill the jar 90% with the ground weed and Kief slowly add the Glycerin until the weed is covered and the jar is full. Make sure to rotate the jar for about 3-5 minutes per day mixing up the jar well. I like to flip my jar upside down each day and let the weed float to the top of the Glycerin. After 60 full days used the 190 Micron Bubblebag to strain out the weed. It was extremely difficult and I think a French Press or some type of fine kitchen screen to strain the shake out of the tincture would work better.
    Now here is where some knowledge of Cannabis can be very helpful. For a medication that will provide relief for nausea and stomach pain as well as tremors and shakes it seems that Sativa hybrids work best. These varieties tend to provide a more up buzz that’s best for morning and daytime medication. You can even vary the harvest time and use a Sativa that’s harvested early for a Tincture that is even more energizing and up beat. Indica strains seem to provide better pain relief and make great medication for night time especially sleeping. By making two different types of preparations, using different types of cannabis harvested to suit the individuals needs we can provide long term effective relief from many ailments. I also am very happy to use this as ammo when the anti cannabis people want to bring up smoked medicine.
    Glycerin Tincture is very easy to titrate and a patient can take just a few drops under the tongue getting just the relief needed and no more. Tincture doesn’t seem to get you high or stoned and many without serious ailments don’t even feel it’s effects unless thay take a large amount like 30 ml, Everyone is different in this aspect. We have also seen incredible results with migraines. When your suffering from a serious headache all the blood is rushing to your head and not your stomach so taking a pill orally is a slow fix. With this preparation you can brush your teeth vigorously and then apply a few drops into the mouth. The medicine passes across the mucous membrane and seems to have immediate effects on our friends with this problem.
    Do not confuse Vegetable Glycerin with the product used to make soap, this comes from animal fats and is not the same thing. Vegetable Glycerin is used in cough syrups and many other products and is safe for human consumption. I do recommend drinking extra water, as it tends to dehydrate you if taken in larger amounts.
    MzJill found the following online

    Glycerin or glycerine, it is a sugar alcohol, and is sweet-tasting and of low toxicity. Glycerol has three hydrophilic alcoholic hydroxyl groups that are responsible for its solubility in water and its hygroscopic nature. Its surface tension is 64.00 mN/m at 20 °C, and it has a temperature coefficient of -0.0598 mN/(m K). It is a central component of lipids.

    In foods and beverages, glycerol serves as a humectant, solvent and sweetener, and may help preserve foods. It is also used as filler in commercially prepared low-fat foods (i.e., cookies), and as a thickening agent in liqueurs. Glycerol also serves as a way, along with water, to preserve certain types of leaves. Glycerol is also used as a sugar substitute. In this regard, it has approximately 27 calories per teaspoon and is 60% as sweet as sucrose. Although it has about the same food energy as table sugar, it does not raise blood sugar levels, nor does it feed the bacteria that form plaques and cause dental cavities. As a food additive, glycerol is also known as E number E422.

    In organic synthesis, glycerol is used as a readily available prochiral building block.
    Glycerol is used in medical and pharmaceutical and personal care preparations, mainly as a means of improving smoothness, providing lubrication and as a humectant. It is found in cough syrups, elixirs and expectorants, toothpaste, mouthwashes, skin care products, shaving cream, hair care products, and soaps.

    As a 10% solution, glycerol prevents tannins from precipitating in ethanol extracts of plants (tinctures). It is also used as a substitute for ethanol as a solvent in preparing herbal extractions. It is less extractive and is approximately 30% less able to be absorbed by the body. Fluidextract manufacturers often extract herbs in hot water before adding glycerin to make glycerites.

    Used as a laxative when introduced into the rectum in suppository or liquid (enema) form; irritates the bowel and induces a hyperosmotic effect.
    Glycerol is a component of glycerol soap, which is made from denatured alcohol, glycerol, sodium castorate (from castor), sodium cocoate, sodium tallowate, sucrose, water, and perfume (fragrance). Sometimes one adds sodium laureth sulfate. This kind of soap is used by people with sensitive, easily-irritated skin because it prevents skin dryness with its moisturizing properties. It is possible to make glycerol soap at home.

    It is also used in de-/anti-icing fluids, as in vitrification of blood cells for storage in liquid nitrogen

    The first time I made Tincture I used two ounces of very Up weed with high THC and low CBD. The medicine was incredibly potent but it actually made you feel tweaked and was only good for daytime use. If I used it late at night for pain relief it actually woke me up and gave me cannabis energy. We wanted to create a more relaxing and calming Tincture so I used the following strains, JTR, Space Queen, Urkle, Jacks Cleaner. All these plants were fully seeded and the harvest times were past the 70 day mark. This insured we would have a more sedative form of medicine. Much of the weed used was either Purple or maroon colored. I have seen the Bubble water turn the color of grape juice when using these Purple strains and I wanted to see if the color and the taste came though into the tincture. We also added a large pile of golden kief to the top of the jar before adding the Glycerin.
    Thanks to MzJill for her great action shots of me straining the mixture.
    I think a crank press would work much better as far as ease of production. My way using the 190 UI Bubblebag is extremely tiring and even hurt my hand after squeezing for 20 minutes about what it took to process this run. My arms were worn out from squeezing so look into a press unless your looking for a work out. I think its very important to fully decarboxylate the THC Acids. We heat the oven to 170 ( My lowest Setting) and let warm up and sit for about 45 minutes. At day fifty I washed the jar well and also placed in a bucket of hot water till it cooled. These two steps insure the Tincture is activated to it’s full potential. The plum colored Tincture is really impressive and as we hoped a much more calming effect is produced than the first batch made with early harvested sativas.
    I find it this batch helps me with my RLS and if I take 15 ml with unsweetened grape juice its actually quite pleasant. We give small dropper bottles to anyone we know with a medical card and we have had some amazing feed back.

    “I take the Tincture on a fairly empty stomach, and brush my teeth very well before taking it. I have one tablespoon of Tincture; I take it in small sips, holding each sip, and swishing it in my mouth for as long as I can. This allows for the most absorption of the Tincture; and provides the fastest relief of my Migrane Headache, Nausea, and pain. It warms me from the inside, and relaxes me so I can eat. If I take a tablespoon, I can do my housework and chores without ill effects. With one and a half tablespoons, I sleep all night without waking from pain; then wake up, feeling refreshed. For me, Tinctures are the best method for Migrane pain control”. Joymum

    “This morning, I didn’t take Tincture I tried to keep the bong hits low, to see how my body would respond. Yucky, I’ll say. First my heads seems to be just a little slower, (its always hard for me to think), my housework seems harder to finish; I start o.k., but then my energy just goes away. I’m beginning to feel shakey and nauseas. My non-cancerous Fibroid (fatty) tumors are reminding that they are there. All of this is just after about 22 hours without full med treatment. 2 – 3 days, and I would be in my own world again, because of the pain that would return. But tonight I will be taking Tincture, and wake up feeling just fine. MzJill & Subcool told us when we received this treasure, that not everybody feels the Medicinal Effects, of Tincture. Perhaps its not the right method of delivery for them. I do not feel ‘High’, or ‘Druggy’, from Tincture. I only feel a relief from Migrane Headache pain, and a decrease in shaking. I do feel a warm, calm feeling, of over-all well being.”

    We have another friend who has a grandmother in the final stages of cancer. Shes weak and in pain and can’t eat and she is basically wasting away. My friend passed some of the Tincture to her son and they put a few drops on her tongue. They reported she asked for something to eat and then went to sleep. Her son called my friend back and asked where he could buy some of the “ Miracle medicine” He informed him it was not available from mainstream doctors but he would get her some more.

    I am not trying to make exaggerated claims here I am new to this and I am just as surprised as you may be by these claims but I can tell you these people’s quality of life has improved and main stream medical professionals better open there eyes to what God gave us. I am no scientist but I’m also not stupid. It’s hard to ignore these results and since were not smoking the Cannabis there number one argument against medical cannabis is silenced with this preparation. This is a great way to heal ourselves without dangerous toxic chemicals
    Subcool

    • Tryptamine

      Lols, only Subcool would admit he’s new to this, modest like a boss. I am looking to distance myself from some of the more ‘heavy’ and mind clouding effects of burning chlorophyll and other misc. plant matter. Will be looking into some tinctures this week for anxiety and sleep, thank you for the very in depth information!

    • chris

      how much buds did you use?

  • Leonard Krivitsky, MD

    I believe it is a matter for the majority of people to see that the whole cannabis prohibition, the whole DEA “dogma” that “marijuana is a dangerous drug without accepted medical use” be exposed in its anti-scientific, deceptive nature. Cannabis is not physically addictive as it lacks the recognizable “physical withdrawal syndrome” (like opiates, or alcohol, for example); the so-called “gateway drug theory” has been proven to be nonsense by a scientific research, and was even declared “half-baked” by a recent study; Drug Marinol, much touted by the DEA, is not at all the same as medicinal cannabis which, as opposed to Marinol, has over 70 active compounds interacting in therapeutic ways. Cannabis decriminalization is followed by a decrease (not an increase) in “teenage use”, as the example of Portugal clearly shows, and (with another major scare-tactic disintegrating), smoking cannabis does not increase one’s risk of lung cancer; combine all this with the violence-suppressing qualities of cannabis use, its propensity to be a “safe alternative” to alcohol/hard drugs, its remarkable medicinal properties, and then see if the DEA “dogmas” have any factual foundation and not just an empty talk that is being enforced by a version of philosophical “radical pragmatism” which basically “allows” its followers to disregard the truth in favor of, let’s say, DEA “dogma”, with such a dogma being constantly “reinforced” by a consciousness of “guilt” and “fear”. What we (and I mean, all of us) need to do is spread this scientific knowledge (along with the refutation of “dogma”), so that even for the politicians this becomes a question of either siding with fear and ignorance (which will assure one kind or “legacy”), or with science, progress and compassion, which will bring a totally different “legacy” altogether; let’s not forget to ask our politicians as well as to why they are “crying broke” and yet, at the same time keep financing the so-called “marijuana enforcement” while most of the country wants this rather harmless natural substance decriminalized altogether, and definitely legalized when it comes to its many remarkable medicinal uses.

  • brendans jar of nugz

    only thing i would recommend adding to the first recipe is to bake the cured bud in the oven at 325 degrees for around 5 minutes or until you can smell the odor of the bud when standing near the oven strongly. This activates the THCa in the marijuana into THC the active ingredient in the high. Without the heating process the THCa is never denatured to THC and therefor takes away from the potency of the overall tincture. (THCa is what naturally resides in marujuana, and the heat added in all forms of consumption whether smoking or cooking is what activates the THC in the marijuana. I made a form of a less potent tincture using a whole bottle of everclear and around a half ounce of high quality “dro” stems. After baking the stems and allowing them to soak in the everclear for around 3 weeks (shaking the bottle daily) i had a beautiful golden brown colored tincture. after testing the product, i came to find that around a double shot (3 fl oz) of the infused everclear gave a mild drunk buzz and a body high of up to 4 hours. when doubling that dosage the results are a drunk and highly stoned individual. With such an easy prep and great results i look forward to experimenting with tinctures more and highly recommend trying something for your self. I plan to try out the super concentrate recipe given above and look forward to enjoying it.

  • Mkmurph

    It works I used a bunch of vaped bud

  • http://twitter.com/PandaEngineer Panda

    I bought some at a despiser but, it doesnt work on me! I put them under my young but nothing! I’ve put up to a hole dropper in, any recommendations?  Ive even tried drying under my tounge with a paper towel before i put the drops in.

    • uranidiot

      are you high right now?

      • You

        lmao has to be, he is so high he doesnt know the drops worked

  • still not legal here

    I use stems and shake, once I gather enough I put them in a full bottle and let them sit in the closet, shaking daily. I’ve never been sure about the right time so I usually let it go 3 weeks. I also take a full shot glass full. We call it space juice but maybe I’ve just been overdosing. I encourage all smokers to try my method as you use little of your good “smokable” bud.

  • http://twitter.com/Smoshtilldeath Isaac

    How long does the Thc Drops stay in your system?(Are they like edibles where the Thc stays in for a longer period of time in your body?)

    • painkills2

      Everybody is different, but I believe the drops would be similar to edibles if you put the drops in something you eat or drink. And digested cannabis is effective anywhere from two to six hours. Or longer if you are a lightweight. But always be careful with dosages, trying just a little bit first, and then waiting a couple of hours to gauge the effects.

    • Fiona

      Longer than smoking. I smoke 3 – 4 hits every 3 – 4 hours. Half a dropper 4 – 6 hours. Anxiety medicine.

  • Dean McCoy

    God did not give us THC this is a designer drug from before the end of the last ice age, from the Atlantian period of mankind

    • Brady

      God didn’t give us alcohol or advil or clothes either…

    • IVSAMXX

      And what is your evidence for this?

    • sam

      God gave us all seed baring trees…this is a seed baring tree.

    • ray

      Yes he did. He clearly states that he gave all seed bearing plants.

    • Koomi Koomi

      Proverbs 15:18 – “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.” It’s all about your character while you smoke.

  • http://twitter.com/RockyJ42 RJ

    I made this the other day and WOW. Took 4 drops and my eyes feel swollen shut almost.

    All I did was:
    Grind a little less than an ounce and add it to mason jar.
    Add everclear. I only put enough in to “cover” the herb and no more.
    Shake it once a day for 6 days
    Strain with cheesecloth.

    Simple! Don’t listen to the fools that tell you to heat it up first. Maybe leaving it in the freezer would help, but mine worked just fine at a constant 70 degrees.
    I did the most basic recipe possible with mid-grade herb and seems potent enough to me! Any more powerful and I’d have to start splitting the drops for people without a tolerance….

    • Nathan

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solubility#Temperature
      “The solubility of organic compounds nearly always increases with temperature.”

      go ahead, leave it in the freezer

    • Sean Hodges

      Before you start calling anyone fools if they tell you to heat it up, you better read up on decarboxylation and learn the difference between THC and THC-A

  • Lab Guy

    The quantities in this article for making tincture are correct. Use 1 gram of quality ground up bud to one ounce of Everclear. If you can’t buy Everclear in your area use 151 rum.

    Dried plant matter still contains about 6-8% residual moisture which can prevent some THC release but it’s not a big concern. Pre-heating the dry bud is optional. Perhaps 10 minutes in the oven at 150 degrees will quickly drive off the moisture. 300 degrees for ten minutes is excessive. THC and the other components of weed are highly soluble in alcohol. Laboratory tests show that Everclear will strip out the THC within 20 minutes if the mix is swirled continually. Or, wait longer and just shake the mixture occasionally. Don’t believe the urban legends that say it must be boiled in alcohol or soaked for 10-30 days. One hour of soaking and some shaking will extract almost all the THC.

    A standard one ounce eye dropper bottle will provide 25 doses of tincture. Dosage: One eye dropper of tincture. Adjust as needed. Best taken on an empty stomach. Effects will be felt within 10-15 minutes. Taking under the tongue (sublingually) will speed absorption and bypasses the liver but straight Everclear makes that process unpleasant. You can concentrate the tincture by evaporating the alcohol at room temperature until 1/4 ounce remains. This will suffice for sublingual dosage of 6 drops.

    The tincture will remain potent for many years if stored at room temperature in a dark place. To be safe and discrete, buy a dropper bottle of some herbal product and soak off the label. Scan it and print out on glossy inkjet paper at the highest resolution. This makes a commercial looking label. Spray it with artists varnish used for sealing oil paintings to provide gloss and water resistance (Kamar varnish or similar). Glue to the bottle and store it away from kids and the curious.

  • zone8mook

    THIS IS BULLSHTTT BECAUSE MN SHOULD BE RECREATIONALLY LEGAL YES WERE NUMBER ONE FOR HIV BUT DAMN I DONT HAVE IT AND I WANT TO GET HIGH LEGALLY TOO SAME TIME IM TWENTY ONE I NEVER KNEW A PERSON TO GET ARRESTED FOR AN OUNCE OF WEED POLICE ALWAYS DUMP IT OUT OR TAKE IT FOR THEIR OWN USE OUR POLICE ARE WAY TOOOOOOO FREAKING CROOKED TO GO TO JAIL FOR WEED THATS Y IM PISSED

  • zone8mook

    i just want my weed to be legal all you see is kids smoking smoking smoking just legalize it we already filed for bankruptcy

  • pegmcc

    ahoy from WA state. legal here. smoking some Fire Cut Og. it should be legal in the entire country.

  • Dav Leeder

    what about decarboxylation?

    • taco

      Exactly right. It’s important to heat the tincture (in a double boiler on an electric stove, no open flame) or pre-roast the bud as mentioned one comment above.

  • misc

    There is a way easier way to do this. Take 3.5 grams of what’s ever kind of bud you choose. Put it on a cookie sheet, bake in preheated oven(350) for 5-6 minutes, take out of oven and put t into a container (glass jar) with either 151 or everclear(2 fluid oz of booze should be used). Put the jar with the dried bud and booze into a pot with about 1″ of water in it. The water should have started to boil and then the flame lowered to maintain the temperature right before boiling. Put the jar in the water. Put a thermometer into the bud/booze mixture to maintain a temp of about 170-185. Don’t put thermometer into the water, put it into the jar. This should stay there for 20-22 min. 2fl oz were put into the jar, you should end up with 1fl oz of tincture due to 1fl oz boiling off. If there is a little more than that is ok. Take the mixture after 20-22 min and drain it in a fine draining utensil. Keep the liquid disgard the green. ( it won’t do anything for you anymore. )

    • Vexus

      Can you split the left over 1fl oz into two 0.5fl oz ? or is it better to just take the whole 1fl oz that your left with?

      • Sean Hodges

        with this recipe, you wouldn’t be meant to take the whole 1oz. it’d probably take a few droppers full to feel effects.

    • conniesue

      Yes this works great. I wish I knew exactly why but these drops are the most effective for my nerve pain due to Lupus. Does it have an antiinflamitory affect or is it working on pain receptors in brain? Another thing I have noticed is my energy levels have increased after 2 weeks 3-4 doses per day. Could I be absorbing more nutrients from the increased digestive activities due to the drops? Any thoughts from some green scientists?

    • Leanne

      I decarbed at 250 F for 5-6 minutes and it started to produce vapor. I was told when it started to produce vapor you have to get it out of the oven immediately or rick losing THC. Did 350 actually work?

      • jeremey clandestine

        THC itself will not vaporize until temperatures reach 365 degrees Fahrenheit. Did you see vapor or smell it? Smelling it is ok because the plant material contains terpenes (the pot smelling chemicals) that vaporize at much lower temperatures around 250 F while the psychoactive molecules remain stable.

  • dps420

    Just, buy a magical butter machine unless you are planning on making this for more than yourself.

    • You

      ya just spend $175 instead of the process that is a fraction of the cost……..NOT

  • dps420

    Aren’t we saying alcohol kills yet you are using it. Pure alcohol to process this tincture, Come on who do you think your fooling. Tincture can be made safely without alcohol.

    • Christ

      So make it without alcohol it you’re that kind of sensitive. Not every piece of information in the world is scripture, it’s just information. Jeez.

      • Verified

        HA, Christ has condemned you!

    • StrayMaggie

      You aren’t drinking the alcohol; it’s simply used as a menstrum. You’re using drops, not shots of the stuff. I have used alcohol for years to extract what I want from herbs, and a 2 oz. bottle of tincture can last for years. Never tried cannabis, but hey, there’s a first time for everything.

    • You

      Derps420: First of all this article isnt about Alcohol killing, this is about an alternative way to get the benefits from marijuana. Alcohol kills if you are consuming a significant amount on a regular basis, or consuming a significant amount of alcohol and then doing something you shouldnt like driving you dummy. go bitch about alcohol in a different article…….DROPS of alcohol based tincture is not harmful. period. some people…..

  • harro 007

    Will it work similar if eaten like just some drops spread in a bread or so?

    • painkills2

      I think it works best in liquids, like hot tea or chocolate. You want to disguise the taste.

      • painkills2

        Oops.. forgot to mention, unless you take in under your tongue (the quickest effect), then you’re making it an edible (slower but longer effect).

    • Dav Leeder

      but if it is designed for use sublingually the best effect would be derived by holding under the tongue as long as possible.

  • Rick Risner

    Amen Brother

  • Polita

    Okay. I did everything by the book (I think, anyway). 28 grams of product, 28 ounces of 151 Rum. Mason Jar with a tight lid. Shaken daily. Sampled it today. It’s only been 10 days but there is no effect. What did I do wrong? If I should have used more product can I still add some more product or do I need to scrap everything and start all over? Would really love to get this down. Can’t buy Everclear where I live. Should I try vegetable glycerin? Thank you.

    • ryan

      151 rum is 75.5%, you need something 180 proof or higher (90% or higher)
      I am going to use Spiritus, which is somewhere around 190 proof (95%)
      Other than that, I do not have any knowledge on how to correct your tincture.

    • Cookie

      I don’t do anything with weed, but I do work with tinctures and extracts. You do not need to start over; just add more product. It sounds like you’ll need to experiment to get the dose that’s right for you. That said, chopping your product small should help. Also, shop around for the vodka. 180 proof is usually bottom shelf stuff. Ordinarily it’s only consumed by alcoholics and herbalists. It need not be Everclear brand, and if you explain to the shop keeper that you’re looking for 180 proof or better to make tinctures and extracts, they should help you out. (P.S. similar recipe for vanilla extract: 3 vanilla beans, split lengthwise, one cup high-test alcohol, steep at least ten days)
      Good luck!

    • Jeremy Donaldson

      Don’t know about alcohol tincture’s but with glycerin you have to decarboxolate you meds to get full effects. And I would let it sit for at least 30 days if not 90 or more. Good Luck

    • tom

      you don’t have to have everclear, Bacardi 151 works, or moonshine is my favorite. 100 proof or better works best and I use 1 cup alcohol to 1/2 oz of weed

  • Polita

    Thank you! It didn’t seem logical that I should have to toss it out. It’s been almost 3 weeks now, I’ll just keep adding more product. Do you think I should discard the old product before adding new or just keep it marinating? It seems to me all the benefits have absorbed into the alcohol. I didn’t realize there was a 180 proof vodka. Will try that next, if not glycerin.

  • bbbbobby davis

    I get it..my question is it more harmful…
    I smoke it on top weed…I taste the grain at times…is this worse

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  • dfrancis

    Made my first tincture, and it worked fine. I used a couple of drops under my tongue but burned for about 30 seconds and I felt an instant numbing sensation. Is the initial burning sensation normal ??

    Thanks

    • painkills2

      I tried a tincture once, but I was unable to stand the burning under my tongue for more than a few seconds. The burning sensation is from the alcohol content, but my understanding is that you can make it with glycerin instead.

    • livengood

      yes the burn is normal in a tincture under the tongue , you can also do a simpson oil that tastes better , I like them both . they take care of my knees , bone on bone and my bad lower back and ocasionaly a pinched nerve. no painpills at all in 3 months while taking tinctures . Did you know that you can also put drops in bellybutton and get the effects you want , in about a minute you taste it a little after putting in bellybutton

    • mezzio

      Cranberry juice will eliminate any taste and burning from an Alcohol tincture, but by mixing it you’ll have to wait about 20-30 minutes for effects to take hold.

  • Praise Sermons

    Cannabis Paste is the new way. You don’t waste all the cannabis left over from the oil.

    • Nathan

      How do you make this cannabis paste?

  • Joan Smith

    how do you make the tincture with oil base,what is the oil called to use?