Welcome to the final installment of our five-part series on cooking with cannabis.
Today, we will be sharing with you our recipe for creating a high-quality infused cannabis tincture.
This versatile tincture is a fantastic foundation for all sorts of liquid and sweet concoctions, from smoothies to cocktails to candies.
Unlike other infusions like cannabis butter or oil, our tincture uses alcohol as its base carrier to extract the cannabinoid of your choice, resulting in a potent and effective final product.
So let’s get started and learn how to make your own infused cannabis tincture!
Our recipe is easy to follow and perfect for anyone looking to add a little extra something to their favorite beverages and treats.
- Tinctures retain more of of the plants medicinal compounds and cannabinoids than fat based extracting methods. Helpful for the entourage effect the medical community supports so highly.
- Tinctures extract the cannabinoids without heat, unlike the traditional method. Part of what helps helps retain the extra medicinal benefits.
The Benefits of Using a Tincture
One of the main benefits of using a tincture is its versatility.
Unlike other infusion methods like cannabis butter or oil, tinctures can be used in a variety of ways.
You can add them to drinks, use them in cooking, or take them sublingually.
They’re also a discreet way to consume cannabis as they don’t produce any smoke or smell.
Strain and Dosage
It’s important to strain your tincture properly to remove any plant material and ensure a smooth, consistent product.
You can use a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer for this.
When it comes to dosage, start low and go slow. It’s recommended to start with a small dose and wait at least an hour before taking more.
This will help you find the right dosage for your needs.
Storing Your Tincture
To ensure the longevity and quality of your tincture, it’s important to store it properly.
Keep it in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight or heat.
Glass dropper bottles are recommended for storing your tincture, and it’s best to keep them in the refrigerator or freezer if you won’t be using them for an extended period.
The Importance of Decarboxylation
Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate its cannabinoids.
This is an essential step when making a cannabis tincture, as it ensures that the THC and CBD become active and potent.
Without decarboxylation, your tincture will not have the desired effects.
Why Cooking with Cannabis is So Great
At BeTheHippy, we love cooking with cannabis because it’s a great way to incorporate the plant into your daily routine.
Cooking with cannabis allows you to experiment with new recipes and ingredients, and can enhance the flavors of your favorite dishes.
It’s also a fun and creative way to consume cannabis, and can be shared with friends and loved ones.
As a casual cannabis user, I’ve become a huge fan of cooking with cannabis and love spreading the word about its benefits.
The Endless Possibilities of Infused CBD Cannabis Tincture
Some Recipe Ideas:
- Cannabis Sugar
Making a cannabis tincture is the easiest method to extract your chosen cannabinoid and extremely versatile – hell, you can take it directly out of the bottle if you are feeling the need. Infused cannabis is a simple way to incorporate the medicinal compounds directly into more of your cocktails, mock-tails, smoothies and gummy candy.
No worry about focusing on burning off the good parts since this is a heat free method. No more long hours and keeping an eye on it. Set it and forget it they say.
Note: you should still to Decarboxylate before hand to activate some of the important cannabinoids.
Tools we Use and Where to Get Them
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Bowl or large measuring cup
- Jar or bowl to store the tincture
- Grinder (a simple hand grinder works best)
- Double-boiler, slow cooker, saucepan, etc.
Simple Cannabis Tincture Freezer Recipe
- 1/2 pt or 240 ml glass Mason jar with tight-fighting lid
- Fine strainer or mesh cloth
- 1/2 pt or 240 ml dark glass jar and lid for storage
- 7 grams Decarboxylated cannabis or 1/4 oz
- 158 grams 151-proof alcohol or 3/4 cup
- Add the cannabis and alcohol together in a mason jar. Secure the lid and lightly swirl for a good stir. Place in freezer (see note below).
- Freeze the jar for seven days, removing once a day to shake and mix the contents.
- Place the strainer and cheese tightly cloth over bowl or jar. Pour the tincture mixture over the strainer, using rubber spatula to get all the particles out of the jar.
- Press the spatula or spoon against the mixture to push out all the alcohol. Give the cheesecloth a good squeeze into the jar.
- Transfer to dark jar (if you haven’t already), date and store in cool place. See below note
Disclaimer: this information is not medical advice and is purely for entertainment and education purposes. In no way do we condone the use of cannabis or it’s bi-products without the consent of your medical professional as well as abiding by your state and country laws.