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Cannabis Tincture

How to Prepare Cannabis Tincture

Using cannabis tincture may be the least popular way of consumption of cannabis products. When compared to smoking, there is no ritual involved, and it is not as much fun as preparing cannabis edibles. Some lovers of the herb do not even know what a tincture is.

To put it simply, cannabis tincture is an alcohol based extract. THC and other cannabinoids are released from plant material after being soaked in alcohol for some time. It is applied under the tongue, and the effects can be felt within minutes.

Simple and Effective Medicine

When compared to cannabis edibles, the effects come on relatively soon, usually within fifteen minutes. Although the level of intoxication and medicinal value varies, depending on the quality of used material (concentration and ratio of the main cannabinoids), after using the tincture the effect peaks rather quickly and it is followed by a long state of intoxication. When compared to edibles, you don't have to wait for an hour and a half and wonder whether the material was strong enough for "something to happen".

Tinctures do not smell (obviously as long as the bottle is closed), so you can carry it on you and don't have to worry about finding a quiet and isolated spot as if you were about to smoke a joint. Let's be honest, even if your use of cannabis is medicinal, there is no need to attract the attention of police with heavy and distinctively smelling smoke.

Besides all mentioned benefits, it is simply useful to have the option to choose from more than one available preparation with different ways of application.

Enough was said for now, let’s take some action – here are the instructions for making a cannabis tincture.


  • Higher quality 40–80% alcohol

  • Dried female cannabis flowers and leaves

  • Glass jar with lid

  • Amber glass bottle with dropper


  • First you have to decide how much tincture you need. The ratio should be at least one gram of cannabis per 35 millilitres of alcohol, more common are 5 grams per 35 millilitres (as always the amount should reflect on the quality and potency of the material – 5 grams of poor quality outdoor will contain significantly less cannabinoids than 2 grams of strong indoor). You can try smaller amount at first and see how the body reacts. 35 millilitres are equal to 20–25 drops. Start with 2–3 drops and increase or decrease the dose, depending on the effect.

  • Grind dried cannabis and let it dry out completely (unless it is already bone dry). Fresh cannabis is definitely not appropriate for making a tincture. If you can, let the dried material also decarboxylated for about 30–60 minutes in the oven set to 80–110 degrees Celsius.

  • Put the material in the jar and pour over the alcohol. Let the solution infuse for at least 10–14 days (opinions about the optimal length of the infusing period vary, but the formerly popular opinion that it is “necessary to let it infuse for something like 3–6 months” is definitely wrong). It is advised to shake the solution once every few days.

  • After the infusion process is over, toss out the plant material and pour the liquid into amber glass bottle. This allows easy application and protects the product from sunlight, yet it is still better to store it in a dark place. The product has basically no use-by date.


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