Stop using heat when you are making cannabis tinctures!

Thanks to Ardent Cannabis, we now have scientific testing showing how unnecessary the outdated practice of heating your tinctures during extraction is.

Not to mention dangerous! Seriously, alcohol – especially grain – vapors are easy to set a burn.

So, join us and start learning howt to make no-heat cannabis tinctures.

So, what do we know about no-heat cannabis tincture time and potency?


After 1 hour at room-temp, over 62% cannabis extraction rate of the flower was pulled into the Everclear tincture.


After 3 hours at room-temp, over 80% cannabis extraction rate of the flower was pulled into the Everclear tincture.

In both scenarios, the testers left the tincture mix undisturbed for the entire duration. After the timer went off, they shook the mixture for 20 seconds and then directly filtered it into a container.

How awesome! 80% potency with no risk of setting the building on fire.

Win, win.

Lastly, there is research coming out that seems to point to even more potency extraction utilizing cold tincture techniques. This is our preferred way to do it. For some reason, it just always seems like it renders a better tasting and potent cannabis tincture.

Where to get CBD, CBG Cannabis Flower for Extracting?

Ever since the farm bill of 2014 – and more importantly 2018 – hemp became a much easier cannabinoid to purchase for home use.

With that, came safer online places to find well grown and certified cannabis flower.

One of our recent discoveries is a place called Sacred Smoke Herbals.

They have a huge selection – from flower to infused honey. They are quick to answer questions and happy to help. Everything is tested in batches so you know you are getting safe and quality produts. We love it.

Be Sure to Decarb You Flower!

Before you get started it’s imperative you decarboxylate your flower.

Here are our favorite odorless ways to decarboxylate your weed if you haven’t before.

Activating your cannabinoid converts it from is acid form (i.e. CBDa) into a state your cannabinoid receptors will process (CBD).

The acid state is not bad for you (and no, it’s not a hallucinogenic). In fact it has benefits within itself. Most research points to the activated state for it’s therapeutic research but we like both.

Remember, not all of the acid state will be converted to the activated state. This is a great thing, it is what helps us create a full-spectrum cannabis tincture. Some call it the entourage effect! It’s the primary way to reap all the therapeutic effects of all the cannabinoids.

Tools we Use and Where to Get Them

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The Last Cannabis Tincture Recipe You Need to Try, We Promise!

The safe, effective and fastest way to extract and create infused cannabis tinctures. No heat and a very safe process you gotta try.
Prep Time10mins
Cook Time3hrs
Keyword: Cannabis Drink, Cannabis Tincture, Infused Cannabis, Infused Drink


  • 1/2 pt or 240 ml glass Mason jar with tight-fighting lid
  • 1/2 pt or 240 ml dark glass jar and lid for storage
  • Fine strainer or mesh cloth


  • 7gramsDecarboxylated cannabisor 1/4 oz
  • 158grams151-proof (or any) 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 1hr minimum (we prefer 3hrs), removing once or twice to lightly 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.


Step 1. Freezing the mixture helps limit the chance that chlorophyll will leach into your tincture creating a purer and cleaner taste
Step 5. Dark jar helps to preserve the mixture. Keeps the light from aging and degrading the herbal contents.

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.

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Terri

    Can you use the strained cannabis in cooking? Recipe?

    1. bethehippy

      Yup, you can add a tincture to whatever you are cooking. We prefer adding it to cold dishes – it is alcohol after all. The alcohol can overpower some dishes, if that bothers you. We prefer it in mixed drinks!

      Light up, breath out and stay groovy!

  2. Feathergwyn

    5 stars
    I have one jar that I froze both everclear and buds before mixing. (Clear golden)
    It’s been freezing a couple days now.
    I also have a just that I mixed at room temp a week before (greeen!)
    But after I reduce them, how do you. infuse the oil? Just mix? ,( I don’t want alcohol to remain) its going to be thick right? I want to use it under the toung.
    (Or cooking)

  3. Jeff Punske

    How long should the tincture be stored in the dark jar before being considered ready for consumption? Is it ready immediately, after a day, a week, a month etc.?

    1. bethehippy

      Yup, ready right away! Enjoy!

      Light up, breath out and stay groovy!

  4. Josh P.

    Is there a benefit to letting the infusion carry on for longer than 3 hours? Would that result in a higher potency?

    1. bethehippy

      Yup, pretty much. Plus it will give you a clear conscious knowing that you extracted all the goody-goodies from the flower — maximize those dollars!

      Light up, breath out and stay groovy!

  5. D. M. Levinson

    Any advice on adding a spice to also infuse a flavor to the potion. Clove for example?

    1. bethehippy

      Hey there D.M.

      Yup, all you need to do is add in your spices – or aromatics – during the infusion process. Haven’t tried it much with tinctures, but we’ve been successful with oils and butters.

      Check out our friends at Ardent who created a cannabis infused chili oil

      Light up, breath out and stay groovy!

  6. april


    1. bethehippy

      Well thank you too. We hope you come back, love that energy!

      Light up, breath out and stay groovy!

  7. Jayyrod

    Do you absolutely have to burn off the alcahol to get a high effect or can you just use the tincture as is when done. Im using the magic butter btw

    1. bethehippy

      You don’t have to. This recipe uses no heat. We put it in the freezer.

      Let us know how the magic butter works for a tincture. Haven’t tried that ourselves.

      Light up, breath in, and stay groovy!

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