Tinctures 101: The Most Potent Weed Tincture Recipe

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Weed tinctures are the perfect way to deliver cannabinoids into the body, preventing the pitfalls of smoking while still prompting a heavenly buzz. Here’s how to make weed tincture.

What Is a Tincture?

Weed tinctures are alcohol-based marijuana extracts. They’re a smokeless way to dose, and very popular among experienced cannabis consumers because they are easy to use, transport, store, and make.

Besides the cannabis plant, a tincture can also be made from herbs. Dandelion is one popular herb that might be an ingredient in tinctures.

These products are sold in dark-coloured bottles to protect them from light and come with a dropper to measure dosage.

How to Make Weed Tincture

With the basics of weed tincture out of the way; it’s time to proceed to the most crucial phase—making your own! Preparation is very important, so, besides the equipment listed below and the key ingredients, give yourself at least an hour, uninterrupted, to finish the process.


  • 750ml of ethyl alcohol or glycerin
  • 28 grams of cannabis flower from a strain of your choice


  1. 1-litre Mason jar
  2. Cheesecloth or Filter paper
  3. 50ml dropper bottle
  4. A funnel


Before mixing your marijuana with alcohol, you need to decarb it. If you were to put some buds in a jar with your liquor, the tincture would be less powerful.

One of the easiest ways to decarboxylate cannabis buds is to use an oven. Heat the buds gradually—avoid speeding up the process by increasing the temperature. Burning your cannabis buds will only destroy the THC.


  1. After decarboxylation, finely grind the buds.
  2. Transfer the ethyl alcohol into the jar, then add all the marijuana flowers.
  3. Close the lid and vigorously shake the jar.
  4. Allow the cocktail to sit for about  2 to 3 months. Keep an eye on your jar at regular intervals, giving the infusion a good shake every time.
  5. Alternative process: If time is of the essence and you need your weed tincture ASAP, at step 3, vigorously shake the jar for more than an hour.
  6. Once the tincture is ready, strain it into the 50ml dropper bottle using either cheesecloth or the coffee filter paper. If you want to make a glycerin tincture, replace the alcohol with glycerin.

Methods of Tincture Administration

Most folks choose to enjoy weed tinctures with a simple and quick method: sublingual consumption. Place your desired number of drops under your tongue, wait for approximately 30 seconds before ingesting, and you’re good to go!

Alternatively, you can always drop the preferred amount into your mouth and swallow immediately – it’s entirely up to you.

Another way to take your weed tincture is to include it into food or drink. From your morning coffee to smoothies, there’re different options for mixing weed tinctures into food.

Benefits of Tinctures

Tinctures are perfect for first-time weed users. Here is why:

Easy dosage. Tinctures are the best product for finding your desired dose! You can measure your dose with an eyedropper and decrease or increase.

Fast effects. Effects from a weed tincture kick in quickly. While edibles can take an hour or even more to set in, tinctures can be felt in as little as just 15 minutes.

They are discrete.  Tinctures allow you to evade the smell while reaping all the benefits of ingesting marijuana. It’s also very easy to hide in a small jar in your care bag.

They’re low-sugar and low-calorie alternatives in terms of choosing an administration technique. Whether you want to watch your sugar intake or count calories, tinctures are a great choice.

Typically, tinctures have a longer shelf-life than edibles. In addition, tinctures are flexible when it comes to getting creative with consumption. Enjoy making your own sauces, soups, drinks, juice and whatever you can think of!

Weed Tincture FAQs

How long does a weed tincture take to kick in?

For a sublingual dose the effects can be felt in as little as just 15 minutes.

What do you use tinctures for?

When it boils down to what you can use a tincture for, the options are infinite. Most mix up batches of tinctures for:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach Aches
  • Anxiety
  • Pain Relief
  • Relieve Flu Symptoms

Do tinctures burn under your tongue?

Some individuals have reported experiencing burning sensations under their tongue. If you are experiencing a burning sensation under your tongues and looking for another option, you can incorporate your tincture into a beverage or get a glycerin-based tincture.


With gentle ease of use, quick absorptions and amazing bioavailability, tinctures are the way to go for many patients. They’re also the best choice for those who are prone to nausea and sensitive to smoke.

So, if you’re new to this avenue of consumption, start slow and build up to multiple tinctures over time.

Kelly Passarelly
My name is Blake Gowing, a writer. I have written for various publications including The Daily Life and their needs.

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