To achieve the full effect, tinctures should be held under the tongue for 30 seconds, ideally while rubbing it into the tissue. While the effects of cannabis tinctures taken sublingually begin quicker, they do not last as long as those from edible baked goods. But they do tend to last longer than those of vaping or smoking.
Once you’ve gathered the supplies, follow these four simple steps to make your cannabis tincture:
To achieve the full effect, tinctures should be held under the tongue for 30 seconds, ideally while rubbing it into the tissue. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Yes, it is possible to make tinctures without alcohol though they are technically infusions, not tinctures. Virtually any food-grade oil will do since it’s really all about dissolving the cannabinoids into the solution. Some even come with added benefits. “Hemp seed oil is an excellent choice from a nutrition standpoint. Lots of omega-6 fatty acids,” Rae said.
Even though cannabis tinctures constitute an edible form of marijuana, they work much faster than traditional edibles like brownies or gummies. In fact, if taken correctly, the effects of cannabis tinctures can begin in a few seconds, as opposed to the typical hour or more of weed edibles. That’s because the sublingual tissue under the tongue allows the cannabinoids to pass directly into the bloodstream, instead of going through the digestive tract to reach the bloodstream.
Some people try to make a more potent glycerin tincture by first using alcohol, carefully evaporating the (very flammable) alcohol off of the tincture, and then introducing glycerin afterward. You get the potency of the alcohol with the glycerin body. Considering the dangers associated with evaporating alcohol with a heat source, we at Leafly do not recommend this method.
Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based cannabis extracts—essentially, cannabis-infused alcohol. In fact, tinctures were the main form of cannabis medicine until the United States enacted cannabis prohibition. They’re a great entry point for both recreational and medical consumers looking to ease into smokeless consumption methods.
How to make cannabis tinctures
Expect to be high longer than when you smoke or vaporize, but shorter than when you eat a butter or oil-based edible.
However you ingest a tincture, you can expect to feel the effects for longer than you smoked or vaporized cannabis. Tinctures will last for many years when stored in a cool, dark location. The long shelf life means you can make big batches of your own and have a convenient and accurate way to consume cannabis when you want to.
When it comes to making tinctures, high-proof, food-grade alcohol is going to be your best friend. If you wish to avoid using alcohol, glycerin, a plant-based oil, is an acceptable replacement. However, glycerin is not as efficient at bonding to cannabis compounds and will produce a less potent tincture.
People have long argued that tinctures extracted from marijuana plants are far superior to those of hemp plants—but that was before CBD’s significance was recognized by the medical community. With all we now know about its properties, extraction methods and cannabinoid ratios, hemp tinctures are holding their own.
We’ll use cold maceration (extraction) since it preserves the terpenes and the integrity of the flower. Plus, glycerin’s sweet flavor makes it the perfect additive for baked goods and other sweets; it even tastes like a kiddie treat when ingested!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you probably know that products like CBD tinctures, which contain very little or no THC, have grown immensely in popularity. And for good reason. These liquid cbd drops have been proven (anecdotally, for now) to stop seizures & tremors in their tracks, and have garnered widespread media attention for that reason.
CBD vs. THC Tinctures
Taking it properly actually takes a few steps, so here’s how to get the most out of your CBD tincture:
Tinctures have many medical applications and more continue to be discovered. Doctors have found CBD can fight cancer by inhibiting cell and tumor growth, cuts inflammation by as much as 50%, and reduces organ damage from a heart attack by a whopping 66%. CBD can be used treat several other diseases and conditions like:
There aren’t many cannabis CBD tinctures on the market (although more spring up seemingly every month), but here are some brands that make very powerful, effective products:
Follow these simple steps to make your own tincture: