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Basic Cannabis Alcohol Tincture

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ClassesBasic Cannabis Alcohol Tincture
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Recipe by Haley Nagasaki

After successfully growing and harvesting your delicious stash of cannabis flower, it’s time to get creative! The cannabis alcohol tincture is by far one of the easiest to make and most versatile ingredients in the kitchen or medicine cabinet. We encourage growing your own cannabis, where state regulations permit, due to the volume of bud needed for making infusions and concentrates. 

This versatile tincture serves as a stable ingredient in cannabis edibles, such as watermelon gummies, and can be infused into beverages and mocktails for an additional cannabinoid profile, elevating your summertime libations. Alcohol acts as an effective solvent for extracting plant matter and is water-soluble, unlike MCT oil or glycerin extractions. 

*Please note: While we can offer basic ingredients and the procedure, it’s impossible to determine the potency of your tincture without knowing the potency of your flower. A good rule of thumb, if you’re unable to test your products, is to try a drop or two of the tincture sublingually for fast absorption. Microdosing the tincture can help you determine its potency. Then customize all your recipes according to personal needs or preferences.


14 or 28 grams of dried cannabis bud (you can use some trim or shake for this too.)

12 or 24 ounces of grain alcohol, at least 60 percent alcohol or 120 proof, such as the brand Everclear.


Baking dish

Quart-sized, wide-mouth Mason jar 



First, decarboxylate your cannabis at 230°F for 30 minutes. 

Bust up or loosely chop your herb and place in a glass baking dish. 

Heating (but not burning) your cannabis turns THCA into the psychoactive cannabinoid THC

Next, remove your dish and allow the cannabis to cool. 

Once cool, place your plant matter in a wide-mouth Mason jar and cover with alcohol until the plant matter is submerged. 

Secure the jar lid and store in a cool, dark place, agitating the jar occasionally to encourage the maceration process. 

After 4 to 6 weeks, your tincture is complete! 

Strain the plant matter using a cheesecloth, being sure to wring out the cannabis.

Bottle, label, store and, of course, enjoy your homemade tincture! 

I’ve been wanting to make my own medicine for years but I was intimidated by it. I now know how to make tinctures and lotions with the herbs I collect from my friend’s garden.
Samantha Strauss

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