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How to Make CBD Tincture from Flower

July 07, 2022 Blog No Comments »

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Sixty dollars for a teeny tiny bottle of CBD? Hard pass. For as convenient as CBD tinctures might be, they can be darn expensive. So, for economic reasons, people tend to stick to hemp flowers despite the obvious ease and effortlessness that CBD tinctures provide.

But what if there was a way to turn your cost-effective hemp flower stash into your own homemade tincture? In this guide, we’re teaching you how to make your own CBD tincture at home so you can enjoy the convenience minus the hefty cost.


What is a CBD Tincture?

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CBD tinctures aren’t actually as new and trendy as they might seem. Popularized in the 1800s, ‘tinctures’ contained constituents from plant materials that were drawn out using high-proof alcohol.

Back then, hemp wasn’t illegal. So, tincture manufacturers tossed parts of the cannabis plant into their tinctures to enhance the effects. They waned in popularity however sometime in the early 1900s when Mexicans fleeing the revolution brought rolled cannabis leaves they smoked like cigars into US territory.

But today, CBD tinctures are making a strong comeback. With lots of hemp users complaining of the unpleasant taste and mouth feel of smoking hemp flower, manufacturers explored other ways to deliver a CBD dose without the strong taste and scratchy throat.

Needless to say, CBD tinctures became a major hit. Containing all of the wonderful organic compounds found in the hemp plant, CBD tinctures offer impressive convenience ideal for unceremonious, on-the-go CBD doses.


What You’ll Need

For the record, the process of making your own CBD tincture from hemp flowers might take a while. The waiting period for extraction could take months, especially if you want to develop a truly high-quality product.

But even then, a lot of the materials and ingredients necessary for this CBD tincture recipe from flowers should be readily available in any standard kitchen.

  • 7g of hemp flower (coarsely ground, preferably no stalks and stems)
  • Flat baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Glass jar with a secure lid (like a mason jar)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • A large mixing bowl
  • Tincture bottle with dropper lid
  • High-proof alcohol (Spirytus Vodka, Everclear, Golden Grain, or similar)

Some people like to add flavors to their CBD tinctures to improve taste, especially for direct use. All-natural flavors like peppermint oil can help make your end product easier on the palate.

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How to Make a CBD Tincture at Home

The process of making your own CBD tincture isn’t actually as complicated as it might seem. Just make sure though that you’re willing to wait for the end product since it could take several weeks or months before you can actually use your CBD tincture.

  1. Preheat your oven to 249°F. While you wait, take your hemp flower and spread it all over your parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Make sure it’s coarsely ground and that you get rid of any stems and stalks.
  2. Decarboxylate your hemp flower. Keep in mind that the compounds in hemp are heat activated. So, for your tincture to actually provide the benefits of all of those organic compounds, you first have to heat up the raw material.

With the hemp flower neatly laid out on the baking sheet, begin the activation process. Pop the tray into your preheated oven for 40 to 60 minutes, or until the greenish plant material turns a light brown color.

  • Place the decarboxylated hemp into a jar. Once the healing process is finished, take all of the plant material and put it into your jar.

At this point, you’re also going to want to add in your alcohol. There’s no perfect ratio, but most experts recommend that you add enough alcohol so that all of the flowers are submerged.

  • Seal the jar and store. See to it that you’re using a jar with an airtight seal, like a mason jar, to protect your concoction from any contamination and to seal in the ingredients.

Shut the jar tightly and then give it a shake to completely submerge any plant material that could be bobbing over the surface. Then store the jar in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Check up on your solution and give it a shake once a week to encourage the hemp’s compounds to infuse into the alcohol.

  • Strain the mixture. After three weeks to one month of waiting, you can strain the plant material from the tincture solution. Take your fine mesh strainer and line it with a single layer of cheesecloth.

Carefully pour the mixture out and over the cheesecloth-lined strainer to separate the fluid from the hemp plant material. You can repeat this step with a new cheesecloth once or twice until the solution is completely clear.

  • Place into a tincture bottle. Transfer the solution into a tincture bottle with a dropper lid for convenient use and easy access. If there’s any solution left over that can’t fit into your bottle, simply store in an airtight container and keep it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Your tincture should last for years, given that alcohol is a powerful preservative. But just for safekeeping, it would be wise to label your jars and bottles with the date you made the solution so you can keep track.

This process creates a full-spectrum CBD tincture. That simply means that the end result contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp without any exclusions.

While it is possible to produce broad-spectrum (without THC) and CBD isolate (CBD only) tinctures, these require high-tech equipment and procedures that you probably won’t have access to at home.

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How to Use a CBD Tincture

Dosing your CBD tincture depends on your own tolerance. Starting off with one or two drops under the tongue should be more than enough to give you a baseline. You can proceed to add drops to succeeding doses to match your threshold.

Tinctures can be taken directly under the tongue, but the taste of the alcohol might be a little aggressive for low tolerance users. Adding a few drops to your drinks or food can help make the solution more palatable.


Nothing Beats Homemade

Although it might entail some waiting, homemade CBD tinctures cost far less than their store-bought counterparts. And because you probably have most of the necessary materials at home, you could probably make a tincture without too much of a fuss.

Turn your hemp flower into a convenient, easy-access tincture for on-the-go use and enjoy your daily CBD dose in new ways with this simple, at-home recipe.

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