Weed Tinctures
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The Most Underrated Of All Marijuana Products: Weed Tinctures

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.

  • Steve Shope

    I have a bottle of tink but the rubber dropper jad a hole in it and some of the alcohol has evaporated. Can I just add some grain to it or use it as is?

    • Anonymous

      Steve, either or. It will be stronger the more alcohol evaporates off. You don’t have to add alcohol to cut it, you can use water and the burn will reduce and it will go back to its original potency.

  • Garry

    Is there anything wrong with just leaving the jar without straining off the plant material, and then just using the eye dropper to take doses as required from the glass jar?

    I figure this will allow for further potency over time? But may also expose the solution to degrading plant material?

    • Anonymous

      Take all the plant material out. Squeeze it to get everything, but never leave the plant in. As the alcohol level decreases, you run the chance of the plant matter being exposed to the air, which can intruduce mold and stuff.

  • Anonymous

    the material is “embalmed” in the alcohol

  • Joe

    There are 591 drops in a fluid ounce not 20-25 like you claim. Perhaps you were stoned out of your mind when you wrote this?

  • mjs

    “There are 591 drops in a fluid ounce not 20-25 like you claim. Perhaps you were stoned out of your mind when you wrote this?”

    Clearly he is talking about the dropper that comes with the tincture bottles and not the scientific literal definition of a drop.

  • Someone

    He must have meant “per dropper full” rather than per drop (a single droplet). I would recommend newbies start with a few drops rather than a dropperfull. I found 40% grain alcohol to form 39 drops per mL, so ever clear should make even more as it’s thinner. Assuming the canna components thicken it a bit, let’s stick with 39 drops per mL. A fluid oz is 29.574 mL which would yield over 1100 drops.

  • Anonymous

    Will this help my dog who is in tremendous pain from arthritis

  • Anonymous

    Dogs can not have alcohol If you want to try use glycerin as the base

  • Barbara Gallegos

    Does Tincture help with Cancer/tumors? I have a bottle of Grandpa Tom’s Tincture
    THC: 5.03 mg/ml
    CBD: 0.02 mg/ml
    Please advise how to use it.

  • Curiouscat

    do you need a script to buy cbd oil at a dispensary?