Marijuana | Cannabis Tinctures – Alcohol Based Extractions

Marijuana Tinctures are alcohol based extracts, instead of butter or oil we extract the THC and cannaboids to alcohol.  Infused alcohol is a great base to just put drops under your tongue, to making cocktails, ice cream, soups, salad dressings and more.  So without further delay, lets jump in!

What do we need? Ingredients.

  • High Proof Alcohol, anything over 90 will do the job, but higher the better, We use 151 or EverClear.
  • Mason Jars – Whatever size you want, depending how much you want to make
  • Marijuana – Whatever strain you prefer
  • Coffee filters

Slow Method – Maximum Potency

  1. Decarb your Marijuana – If you don’t know how read about it here
  2. Put Marijuana in mason jar and fill with your chosen alcohol
  3. Seal tightly and store in a cool dark cabinet for 1 month, shaking daily
  4. After 1 month, filter through coffee filter and try 1ml (milliliter) drops at a time under your tongue to assess potency.  Take our advice and wait 1.5 hours before doing a second drop, just like an edible it takes a little time to take effect.

Fast Method – Don’t have 1 month to wait?
Some say this is just as effective, who am I to judge.  If I had a choice, I take the long route, slower and long is usually better. Anyway need some in an evening for a dinner party, here we go!

  1. Decarb your Marijuana – If you don’t know how read about it here
  2. Put Marijuana in mason jar and fill with your chosen alcohol.
  3. Place a pot with shallow water on the stove to boil.
  4. Once boiling reduce to simmer, and place mason jar in the middle, letting it simmer for 20 minutes.  Water should be 170 degrees F.
  5. Keep in mind you will loose some alcohol to evaporation.
  6. Carefully remove mason jar – its going to be hot. Let it cool and strain mixture and try it out!

Enjoy!  We will be posting a whole series at some point on various recipes using Marijuana Tinctures | Cannabis Tinctures.  For now experiment a little at a time (1 ML dosages and increases in 1 ML increments).

The great thing about Cannabis Tinctures is that they are low calorie, coming in at around 7 calories per ML dosage, if you are trying to make some dressings or adding a little elevation to your meals without buttering them up, this is a great option!

Leave us some comments if you have some other methods or recipe suggestions.  ~Chef MJ