How to Make Your Own CBD Tinctures

Written by Derek Johnson

Cannabidiol (CBD) tinctures are an effective way of consuming this cannabinoid. Thanks to the proliferation of information, consumers with a little DIY in their blood can learn how to make their own tincture by following a few different recipes.


What Are Tinctures?

Tinctures are traditionally alcohol-based concoctions containing the active plant ingredients. [1] In the cannabis world, inflorescences and biomass have a wide history of use in tinctures. Tinctures are popular among those who do not want to smoke, ingest, or inhale cannabis. Consumers use it for both recreational and medicinal purposes, and there is a wide variety of flavors, concentrations, and blends for users to choose from.  Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most valued substance in cannabis and it is extracted by alcohol during the preparation process. Now that CBD is so well known and consumed, it can be found as tincture too, but it is extracted and prepared from hemp plants containing low THC percentages.


Making A Tincture

Whatever the method, the first step is to gather your materials, which should at least include hemp biomass or flowers, high-proof alcohol, a glass jar, a cheesecloth, strainer, a bowl, and a dropper bottle.

After decarboxylating the plant matter, fill the glass jar 2/3s full with it and the rest with alcohol slowly poured in. Cover it and wait three weeks, shaking it a couple of times a week. After at least 30 days, use a cheesecloth and strainer to separate the plant matter from the now CBD-infused alcohol.


Glycerin-Based Tinctures

If you don’t like using alcohol, you can use glycerin to make tinctures instead. However, alcohol can extract CBD more efficiently than glycerin, so glycerin tinctures are typically weaker than their alcohol counterparts. That said, tincture makers create effective glycerin tinctures all the time. They’re a little sweet, so they go well with baking.

Whatever method or recipe you use, decarboxylation and time are two of the most important factors in making a good tincture.






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Derek Johnson