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. 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.
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
Do tinctures get you drunk?
If you do go the oil infusion route, you may want to introduce heat to speed up the infusion process.
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.
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.
Be aware that you might experience a slight burning sensation in the mouth due to the alcohol content of the tincture. If the burning sensation is uncomfortable, apply the cannabis tincture topically for more subtle effects.
When you use a tincture sublingually, it takes between 15 and 45 minutes for CBD to kick in. Effects usually peak at around 90 minutes. However, if you swallow the dose, expect the effects to kick in after an hour, similar to conventional edibles.
The aim here is to find high-proof alcohol that’s safe for consumption. The higher the alcohol concentration, the better it will dissolve the cannabis resin. One of the best types of alcohol for this recipe is Everclear. It is not only highly potent but also safe to consume.
Chances are you have come across products like CBD tinctures that contain little to no THC due to how popular CBD has become. There are some good reasons for that popularity. Among other things, they have proven to help manage anxiety and tremors in patients.
2. How long does a CBD Tincture Need to Take Effect?
To make the process simple, use the following ratio: For every ounce of cannabis flower, use a 750ml alcohol bottle. This gives a mild effect, excellent for micro-dosing. If you are looking for a more potent CBD tincture, reduce the alcohol amount by a third until you reach the desired potency.
CBD tinctures are particularly ideal for first-time users due to the following reasons:
Some users have reported a burning sensation under the tongue after several drops. This probably because of the high-proof alcohol used to make the CBD tincture. If the product burns under your tongue, consider going for a glycerin-based one, or add the substance into a beverage before consuming it.
Some try first using alcohol and evaporating it off the tincture before introducing glycerin to make it stronger. That allows you to get a similar potency with glycerin as you would if using alcohol. However, this presents a hazard, given you are using highly flammable alcohol with a heat source. If you are no well-versed in alcohol-based CBD tincture recipes, we don’t recommend this method.