Marijuana Tincture: How to Make a Simple Cannabis Tincture 

By  Cheri Sicard

 December 14, 2017

I recently polled my Facebook followers on which new infusion type I should post as a reprint from my new book, The Easy Cannabis Cookbook (2018, Callisto Media).  Since I have already covered making Marijuana Butter and Marijuana Oil on this site, I gave the readers the choice between Milk and Cream, Honey and Syrup, Sugar, or Tincture.  I cover ALL of these infusions techniques and more in the book, but the one my Facebook followers chose overwhelmingly was (drum roll please):

Cannabis Tincture!

The Easy Cannabis Cookbook by Cheri Sicard - Cannabis TIncture

I understand why tincture was such a popular choice.  They are easy to make, easy to use, discreet, and extremely versatile.  I never created many recipes using tinctures because it is easy to just add a few drops to pretty much anything you are making.  Or anything you are eating or drinking.

There are other methods to make tinctures using heat, but since alcohol is so flammable, why take the chance?  The method outlined in my book takes a little time, but no real effort.  Here are the Simple Tincture Instructions, as reprinted from The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.

How to Make Simple Marijuana Tincture

Alcohol based tinctures could not be easier to make or use to medicate most any recipe – just stir in a few drops. Besides making edibles, tinctures are also effective when taken sublingually. Place a few drops under your tongue and feel the effects far faster than waiting for an edible to digest.

Cannabis TIncture: Vegan/Gluten Free
Dosage when made according guidelines in the book (using 10% THC cannabis for details please see my FREE Dosing class) about 175 mg THC per ounce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Infuse Time: 4 days
Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce crumbled decarboxylated cannabis
  • 1 1/8 cups high proof alcohol such as Everclear, 151 rum, or a high proof vodka

Tools: 

  • Kitchen scale
  • Mason jar
  • cheesecloth and strainer or yogurt straine

Instructions:

  1. Place cannabis and alcohol in a Mason jar. Cover and shake. Store in a cool dark cabinet and let steep for 4 days, taking the jar out to shake each day.
  2. Strain by pouring through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or through a fine mesh yogurt strainer. Store in a dark glass bottle in the fridge.

Variations:

  • You can substitute other alcohols like tequila, whisky, bourbon, etc. but generally speaking, the higher the proof, the better your tincture will infuse.
  • For lighter dosed infused alcohols to use in cocktails, increase the amount of spirits in this recipe to 4 cups.

Also from The Easy Cannabis Cookbook:

marijuana tincture with dropper

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  • Does anyone ever tried infusing cannabis on their food? I have read many articles suggesting that cannabis has a very potent effect when it comes with pain and inflamation like some strain. The reason for this is that I dont smoke so mixing it with food seems a good idea. Any personal experience or testimonial is highly appreciated. TIA

    • All the time. That’s exactly what this site, Cheri’s cookbooks, and her online cooking courses are all about. Many people prefer eating it to smoking for many reasons. I can think of 6.

  • Has anyone used this method of tincture but let it sit for months before using? How potent was it? I’m looking for someone with high tolerance.

    • This particular recipe is a pretty low dose. But I do make high dose tincture all the time as I have a high tolerance. For that I put in enough decarbed cannabis and just cover it with alcohol and a little extra, you can leave it longer, but it is more about the amount of cannabis you use.

  • I’ve heard vegetable glycerin is an alternative to using alcohol but heated to 160-168F for 4-8 hours. I’ve never made it but will this weekend. I also have the Magical Butter Machine which infuses much faster than crock pot or stovetop

    • It is not really an alternative, but rather a different method of making tincture. Glycerin is not as good a solvent as alcohol, so potency may be less than with alcohol. That said some people cannot have alcohol, and some recipes just work better with glycerin. This is a new lesson we are currently working on for my cooking course.

      As to the Magical Butter Machine, I am personally not a fan and don’t recommend it because it forces you to finely grind the plant material. This in turn deposits more plant material into the butter/oil/tincture, something that negatively impacts the flavor. What you are extracting is ON the plant, not IN it. Likewise fine grinding is not necessary nor desirable, in my opinion.

  • Oh my god Cheri! I did not put two and two together that you wrote MARYJANE!!!! That was the very first cannabis book I ever purchased and I learned so much and fell in love!!!!! Thank you for all you do!! I love your material! Didn’t know where to leave my feedback but wanted to THANK YOU!

  • My question is, when you’re decarbing… you recommend NOT grinding it up? Should I be crumbling or breaking it apart lightly before putting it in the oven if I am not using a machine to cook with such as magical butter machine and using a slow cooker instead?

    • Yes, just crumble with your fingers or if you grind to it lightly as if rolling a joint, I try to avoid fine grinding though as it puts more plant material into the finished edibles and that does not improve flavor.

    • Your tincture will still have lots of medicinal effects, so still use it, however, it won’t be as potent in terms of psycho-activity. If you are a cannabis lightweight, that might not matter. But if you need strong doses to feel high, the undecarbed tincture might be lacking.

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