What is cannabis tincture and how is it produced

What is cannabis tincture and how is it produced

Published on: 20/03/2024


If you decided to open this article, it means that you are among that group of curious people who would like to know more about cannabis tincture.

Well, know that you are in the right place on Justbob.

In fact, many do not know that this substance actually has several benefits and advantages.

Which ones?

In this article we will delve deeper into the matter and clarify:

what is cannabis tincture;
what are its potential benefits;
how to prepare it.

Let’s go!

What is a cannabis tincture and what are its benefits

A tincture, in the most basic sense of the term, is a hemp extract, in which a liquid is infused with cannabis normally intended for sublingual consumption, therefore not for vaporization or smoking (no! it’s not like CBD oil).

Essentially, the cannabis plant is immersed in a base liquid, such as food alcohol, glycerin, or even oil, and after days of steeping, the plant matter is filtered and… voilà!

The cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds are then fused with the base liquid, ready to be dosed and consumed.

Technically, the term ‘tincture’ refers specifically to an alcohol-based product, while an oil or glycerin-based product is an ‘infusion,’ but we use it as an umbrella term here.

Tinctures may not seem as fun or innovative as gum or a dab, but they also appear to have several health benefits.

Although they don’t seem as original as other consumption methods, tinctures have endured for centuries in pharmacies and dispensaries because they are considered one of the generally healthiest ways to consume cannabis.

Let’s see why.

What is a cannabis tincture and what are its benefits

No food allergens or sensitive ingredients

Some brands flavor or enhance tinctures, but all you need is the cannabis plant and the base it’s tied to. This means that you can avoid sugar, gluten, gelatin, food colorings and any other ingredient that could aggravate intolerances or allergies.

Flexible dosing

Tinctures are not capped at the 100mg cap found in many markets, so one bottle tends to last much longer than a jar of candy or a brownie.

Quick action

When taken sublingually, the effects of tinctures have a quicker onset than when consuming an edible product, as they are absorbed through the tissues of the mouth.

This also means that tinctures last longer than smoking hemp or CBD hash, but can be metabolized faster than a fat-based edible product, such as baked goods.

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How to use or take cannabis tinctures

Light hemp companies operating in legal markets are required by law to include accurate dosage information for edible products.

So if you decide to purchase a tincture from your local dispensary, the dosage information will be on the packaging.

So, what would be the ideal dose?

It depends on the tolerance of the consumer and the use for which it is intended.

If the tincture is formulated to improve sleep quality, a single dose may be sufficient to provide sedation. If you intend to use the tincture for general daytime well-being, perhaps multiple microdoses throughout the day can provide a more uplifting experience.

The golden rule is to start with a low dose and proceed slowly.

For maximum effectiveness, it is best to use the dropper to deposit the tincture under the tongue and let it sit for 30 seconds before swallowing.


Simple. The mouth has an absorptive tissue called the oral mucosa, essentially a membrane that lines the inside of the cheeks, lips and under the tongue that helps fight disease and keep the mouth healthy.

It also absorbs the tinctures and delivers the cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream, without passing through the stomach or liver.

How to make cannabis tincture

How to make cannabis tincture

For the more curious, let’s now see how to prepare cannabis tincture for informational purposes only.

For starters, the ratio of base to flower determines the concentration of the dye.

A tincture made from one gram of cannabis, for example, should be macerated in about 25 ml of base liquid for mild doses. For a more potent tincture, however, you should use less liquid base or more herb.

Here are the ingredients and equipment needed to prepare a tincture:

3.5 to 14 g of cannabis flowers;
90 to 350 ml of food-grade ethanol, glycerin or a carrier oil, such as coconut oil;
glass jars;
coffee filters or cheesecloth;
30ml glass bottle and dropper cap.

First, you will have to decarboxylate the cannabis. Since the process of preparing the dye does not involve the use of heat, you should activate the buds (to do this, you will need a baking tray, baking paper and flowers).

Subsequently, you need to pour the base and cannabis into a glass jar in the desired ratio; one-eighth of cannabis to one liter of solvent produces a fairly smooth and buildable dose. After that, mix the contents well and store the dye mixture in a cool, dry place for at least four weeks, shaking and/or stirring once a day.

This stirring helps the base liquid soak into the flower better.

Over time, the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes will dissolve (alcohol) or infuse (glycerin) into the base. A longer steeping time will produce a more potent tincture.

Finally, to remove all plant matter, strain the mixture through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.

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In this article we saw what cannabis tincture is and how to prepare it.

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