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Products like isopropyl alcohol are not intended to be consumed and should never be used when making a tincture—save that for cleaning your pipes!

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.

Using alcohol vs. glycerin for tinctures

When dosing a tincture sublingually, expect to feel the effects in 15-45 minutes and reach your peak high at about 90 minutes. If you simply drink the dose, expect a slower onset that more closely resembles traditional edibles.

To keep it simple, I like to use this ratio when making a tincture: For every ounce of cannabis flower, use one 750 mL bottle of alcohol (for an eighth of weed, that’s about 3 fluid oz).

Compared to the traditional cannabis-infused brownie, tinctures are a low calorie alternative. If you make a tincture with 190 proof alcohol, you’re looking at about 7 calories per mL.

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.

If the bitterness doesn’t bother you, you can take your tincture sublingually (under the tongue). Research suggests that substances taken sublingually are absorbed by the body faster [1] than other oral methods.

Since CBD is non-psychotropic and won’t get you high, it is legal in most places. Of course, it’s always best to check your local laws. Generally, if your CBD tincture is made with hemp (which contains little-to-no THC), you shouldn’t have a problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is not addictive, and is generally safe and well-tolerated.

Ingredients and Hardware

Quality commercial CBD tinctures offer convenience and high levels of purity. Oil-based tinctures that use a CO₂ extraction method are often extremely potent.

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.

Tinctures tend to be bitter. You can mask their bitterness by adding them to food and drink. Try adding a few drops of your CBD tincture to soup, salad dressing, coffee, or tea.

Understanding CBD tinctures.

The homemade CBD tincture will be a green-brown color after infusing and will be very potent! Strain out the buds before using.

FlowerChild has several CBD tinctures to choose from, each with different strengths and medicinal benefits. They also carry CBG tincture if you are interested in that. There is even one made just for pets!

If you are interested in growing your own I recommend buying seeds from Seedsman. They have a large selection of high CBD varieties and ship to nearly everywhere.

Where to Buy CBD Tincture

CBD rich varieties of cannabis are particularly nice because they deliver a powerful dose of medicine without as much of the high, which sometimes isn’t desired. Making a homemade cannabis CBD tincture is a great way to get those benefits in a concentrated and easy to administer way.

I find it convenient to store the finished tincture in dropper bottles, and it makes it easier for dosing as well.

Once the buds have been decarboxylated, put them into jar. Don’t worry too much about amounts, just fill whatever size jar you want to use about ¾ full with buds.

CBD is best known for its pain relieving and inflammation reducing benefits, but it can also help with sleep issues, depression, anxiety, and nausea, to name a few.