Getting drunk on a tincture is possible but not likely, according to Dr. Adie Rae, a neuroscientist and scientific adviser to Weedmaps. “For alcohol-based tinctures, you’d have to drink a lot of it, and if it contained THC, you’d feel the ‘overdose’ of THC long before you felt an alcohol buzz. A typical shot glass is 40 milliliter, just over 1 fluid ounce. A typical tincture bottle is 30 milliliter, just under 1 fluid ounce. So a tincture bottle has one standard serving of alcohol, but at least 30 servings of cannabinoids,” she explained.
A cannabis tincture is a type of cannabis extract that is usually alcohol-based. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Following the steps above will yield a bottle of basic cannabis tincture. There are other tincture recipes you can experiment with, such as Master Wu’s Green Dragon.
Can you make tinctures without alcohol?
Once you’ve gathered the supplies, follow these four simple steps to make your cannabis tincture:
If shopping for a cannabis tincture, ask your budtender to point out a high-quality product and walk you through the ingredient list.
If you do go the oil infusion route, you may want to introduce heat to speed up the infusion process.
There are several reasons why many commercial tinctures are made with medium chain triglyceride, or MCT, oil, according to Rae. “MCT oil is cheap. It’s also abundant, virtually flavorless, colorless, and it has a high smoke point, which means you can heat it up quite high for cannabinoid extraction, without burning the oil or changing its flavor,” Rae says.
Homemade CBD tinctures are made by soaking hemp or cannabis plant material in alcohol. The alcohol may or may not be heated to encourage extraction. Vinegar or vegetable glycerine can be used instead of alcohol. However, alcohol will give a more potent result.
Quality commercial CBD tinctures offer convenience and high levels of purity. Oil-based tinctures that use a CO₂ extraction method are often extremely potent.
Tinctures are highly concentrated herbal extractions. They come in liquid form and are typically administered a few drops at a time. Cannabidiol (CBD) tinctures are created by steeping CBD-rich hemp flowers in high-proof grain alcohol. Vinegar or glycerine can be used in lieu of alcohol, but alcohol really does produce the best tincture in the end. The process is time-consuming, but very simple.
Ingredients and Hardware
CBD tinctures are meant to be taken orally, but some people use them topically. While there’s nothing really wrong with this practice, it’s not the most effective use of your product. Topical CBD products usually contain other ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. They are also formulated for absorption through the skin. If you need a topical, it’s best to search for an oil, gel, or cream that’s designed for this type of application.
CBD tinctures are highly concentrated, so a typical dose consists of just a few drops. Many users find that tinctures are ideal for microdosing CBD. If you want a stronger effect, simply add more drops.
With all the CBD products on the market, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. Tinctures, oils, capsules, topicals: what’s the difference? Let us demystify the world of CBD, starting with tinctures. Plus, we’ll give you a simple recipe for making your own CBD tincture at home.
A few simple ingredients and some patience are all you need to make a CBD tincture at home. Here’s an easy recipe to get you started.