Cannabis tinctures make it possible to dose THC in a more controlled way, but they also give you a more discreet way to enjoy cannabis. Even though we have a great line of THC tinctures at Canna Provisions, sometimes, it can be fun to make your own infused products at home. So, can you DIY cannabis tincture? You definitely can, even though the process is a little time-consuming.
What is a THC Tincture?
THC tinctures are, at a bare minimum, cannabis-infused alcohol solutions. While potencies, tastes, and other ingredients may vary depending on the unique recipes, tinctures are defined by the processes used to extract cannabinoids from the physical flower.
How to Make Cannabis Tincture
One of the best things about making weed tinctures is the fact that just about anyone can do it. You don’t need any special equipment or prior experience.
What You’ll Need
- Cannabis of your choice
- A jar with a lid
- A fine strainer
- High-proof alcohol (Everclear, for example, NOT isopropyl)
1. Decarb your cannabis
To start, you’ll need to get your cannabis into a position to release those ever-important cannabinoids from the plant matter. Decarboxylation makes that happen. Go ahead and run the weed through a grinder—go for pieces that are roughly the size of a rice grain. Spread the ground bud out on a baking sheet, and bake the flower for about 45 minutes at 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
With your decarbed cannabis cool, add it to a good glass jar with a lid, and then pour your high-proof alcohol over the top. The general rule of thumb is to use about 750mL of alcohol for an ounce of weed. This means you would need roughly three ounces of alcohol for an eight. Remember, the more alcohol you add, the less potent the tincture will be because it will be further diluted. Likewise, smaller amount of alcohol will mean a higher-potency tincture. Also, the quality of the alcohol will affect the end quality of the tincture, and flavors will remain from the alcohol if you’re not using an unflavored variety.
Once you’ve added the alcohol, place the lid on the jar and let the mixture steep for a good few weeks. Keep the jar out of direct sunlight and at room temperature. Be sure to shake the jar about once every day to redistribute the alcohol and the plant particles. You can do a quick DIY THC tincture by shaking the jar for several minutes, straining, and storing. However, a higher-potency end result is possible with the longer wait.
When the mixture has steeped for a few weeks or longer, use a fine-mesh strainer or even a coffee filter or cloth to strain the liquid alcohol from the plant matter. Depending on your method, you may need to strain the mixture a few times to get a plant-matter-free end result.
How to Make Cannabis Tincture with Vegetable Glycerin
If you prefer to steer clear of alcohol, you can also make your own THC tincture with vegetable glycerin. Simply replace the alcohol in the instructions and use vegetable glycerin instead. Glycerin does not do as good of a job binding to whatever cannabinoids the weed releases, however. Therefore, you can end up with a lower-potency tincture in the end.
Some people try to do an alcohol steep first, burn off the alcohol, and then add the vegetable glycerin. However, this process can be risky (alcohol is highly flammable) and may not yield a consistent tincture in the end.
Need Quality Weed to Make Your Own THC Tincture?
Even though making weed tincture can take some time, the end result can be an easy way to dose THC without the smoke. Of course, learning how to make weed tinctures means you need access to good-quality weed, and we definitely have you covered at Canna Provisions. Take a look at our menu that includes a long list of strains, including Chemdog’s Smash Hits collection.