As knowledge about CBD’s benefits hits the mainstream, many are adopting it into their lives – and while there are many methods of administering the wonder compound, CBD oil through tinctures have become the tried and tested model. So, wouldn’t it be even easier if you knew how to make a CBD oil in the form of a tincture of your own?
Thanks to the availability of CBD and cannabis overall, learning how to make CBD oil in tinctures at home is easier than ever!
In this article, we’ll provide two recipes for making two different CBD oil tinctures – a recipe that uses CBD isolate in making, well, a CBD isolate tincture, and a recipe that uses dry flowers for making a Full Spectrum CBD tincture.
Getting to Know CBD Oil Tinctures
Before learning how to make a CBD oil tinctures, it’s best to understand what a tincture is and how it functions. Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts in liquid form. They’ve been used for thousands of years by doctors, botanists and anyone with experience in herbal medicine.
Tinctures can be made from single or multiple ingredients, depending on the desired effects.
Traditional tinctures were extracted into alcohol, as it’s food grade and can be stored for years in a dark, cool setting. However, today there are many different carriers that can be used in place of alcohol.
CBD oil tinctures in the past were almost always extracted into alcohol as well, but more recently MCT oil and coconut oil are being used as substitutes. Those who favor using MCT oil as a carrier do so because it increases the bioavailability of CBD, while also providing a nice sweet flavor, unlike alcohol.
That being said, there are some drawbacks to CBD oil tinctures in MCT oil. In certain instances, people may receive allergic reactions from it, so it’s best to know beforehand how your biology reacts to coconut or palm oil. In either case, an alcohol based tincture is a wise substitute!
How to take CBD Oil Tinctures
The beauty of medicating with CBD oil tinctures are the ease of use. Simply, apply the desired amount under your tongue, allowing for 30 to 60 seconds to increase the total absorption. Once the time has lapsed, swallow the tincture and wait. Do not place it on top of the tongue, as you’ll be ingesting it, which can delay the experience even longer.
One drawback is the time onset for the effects, which for some can take up to an hour, but in some cases, it can take as fast as 15 minutes. If you’re seeking instant relief, a CBD vaporizer, which releases CBD almost instantly into our system, might better suit your needs!
When first dosing with a CBD tincture, whether it’s full spectrum or a CBD Isolate tincture, it’s best to start slow and work your way up. CBD works almost in a fashion where less is more. Using too much wont increase the benefits, while too little may be not enough.
2 Recipes for How to Make CBD Oil Tinctures
Creating a CBD oil tincture at home is easy and can be done within an hour! We’ll be going over 2 recipes: one for a CBD Isolate tincture and the other being a Full Spectrum CBD tincture that uses high CBD flower strains.
MCT Oil is arguably the best carrier for making a CBD oil tincture, as cannabinoids like CBD are fat soluble, meaning they’re easily dissolved into high fat oils. These fatty acids can also be found in coconut and palm oils.
Using a saturated fat, such as MCT Oil, for making CBD Tinctures is also the most effective because of CBD’s increasing bioavailability. By acting as a carrier into our bloodstreams, CBD is absorbed at a much higher efficiency and thus the experience is more pronounced.
By following these steps and creating your very own CBD oil tincture at home, you’ll be able to control the dosage and save some hard earned cash. Feel free to adjust the ingredient amounts as you see fit when adding as a supplement.
Recipe 1: How to Make CBD Oil Tincture with Isolate
Prep time: 5 Minutes | Total time: 1 Hour and 5 Minutes | Yield: 1000mg CBD Tincture
- 1 Glass Dropper Bottle (30ml)
- Milligram Scale
- MCT Oil (Carrier of your Choice) | 30 ml
- 99% CBD Isolate | 1 Gram/1000mg
1. Weigh out the 99% CBD Isolate. For this recipe we’re making a 1000mg, or 1 gram CBD Tincture.
2. Carefully using the funnel, add the CBD Isolate into the glass dropper bottle. We selected 30ml for ours but feel free to use any size you like. Just note that the potency and dosage will be affected by the change in size.
3. Once you have carefully added the CBD Isolate to the jar, proceed to add your MCT oil, or the carrier of your choice. If there is a 30ml or measurement indicator level, use this to guarantee the dosage is correct.
4. Once both ingredients have been added to the glass dropper bottle, shake the bottle for 1 minute to ensure the CBD Isolate has mixed with the MCT oil. You don’t need to throw out your arm and use maximum force, but a good shake helps the ingredients mix!
5. Wait an hour for the tincture to settle. If there’s any loose CBD still floating, give it a nice shake again, then wait for it to settle.
Once the solution has rested, you have completed your first CBD Isolate tincture! In the measurements used, the yield per full 1ml dropper will be 33.33mg of CBD. Use this calculation to accurately medicate.
Recipe 2: How to Make CBD Oil Tincture with Dry Flowers
Now that we have gone over how to make a simple CBD Isolate tincture, we’ll get into making a Full Spectrum CBD oil tincture. This requires a bit more work but the results are worth it.
Prep time: 2 hours | Total time: 1.5 weeks | Yield: Will vary depending on cannabis CBD percentage
- High CBD Strain (Harlequin, ACDC, Charlotte’s Web | ⅛ Ounce
- High Proof Alcohol (Everclear) – (Do not use ISOPropyl Alcohol) | 2 Ounces
- Coffee Filters | 1-2
- Baking Sheet
- Wax Paper
- Mason Jars | 1-2
- Glass Dropper Bottles | 30ml +
1. For our Full Spectrum CBD tincture, we require the cannabis to be decarboxylated. This process activates the cannabinoids in dry flowers, in essence, allowing our biology to react with it in the right ways.
To decarb your cannabis, set your oven to 250˚F. Place the the wax paper on the baking sheet and spread your high CBD strain on top. You’ll want to make sure the flower is broken up and not in once giant nug. It doesn’t need to be grinded, but spread out evenly in smaller portions goes a long way.
2. Place another piece of wax paper on top of your cannabis and bake for an hour and a half. The cannabis will look a little toasty, but have no worries as this is the look we’re going for.
3. Add the decarbed cannabis to your mason jars. Only 1 is needed if there isn’t a lot of cannabis. If the fit is tight, use 2 jars.
4. Add the alcohol to your jars, making sure the plant is completely covered and submerged in the alcohol. Close the lid and let the jars sit in a cool, dark location.
5. Now that the cannabis is in the jars, we want to let it sit for at least 10 days. This ensures we get a potent product and retain as much of the CBD as possible.
If you wanted to maximize your return and patience all in one go, feel free to leave the jars up to 4-6 weeks in a cool and dark location. But have no worries as 10 days is more than enough time to let the alcohol absorb all the compounds from the flower.
6. Once a day, shake the jars lightly to mix the contents. As well as shaking the jar, open it for a few seconds to allow it to “burp”. This will allow the evaporated alcohol to escape.
7. Open the mason jars and strain your tincture through the coffee filters and into your glass dropper bottles. Slowly and surely is the method you want to employ as things can get a little messy.
If you don’t feel comfortable pouring the tincture into a dropper bottle, simply strain the product into another mason jar and use an eyedropper to consume it!
Since this recipe doesn’t call for an exact measurement of CBD, it requires a bit of testing to find out what your dosage is. Simply start by taking a ⅓ of a 1 ml dropper and work your way up. Since the product is Full Spectrum CBD oil, less is more!
Ready to Practice How to Make CBD Oil Tinctures?
What do you think of these two recipes?
With enough practice that includes mixing and matching with different strains and straining oils, knowing how to make a CBD oil tincture will be a thing of the past.
And being that it’s one of the most talked about and sought after medical solutions, getting the process down to a T is well worth it!
Best of luck!