Making Cannabis Tinctures

The first thing you will want to do is to choose a good strain to work with.  Take into account THC level, flavor, and medical use.  A strain like Harlequin will have your highest CBD levels.  This is a strain to use for pain, relaxation, and other CBD effects with little or no psychoactive effect.  A strain like OG Kush will give you the most consistent punch of THC. Sunset Sherbet weed will give you the best taste, with a balanced THC level.  You can find your magic strain by reviewing strains and locations of sale for a good price here:

Cannabis tinctures are also called green dragon or golden dragon.  They are concentrated cannabinoids which have been infused into alcohol, coconut oil, or glycerin.  People may use a dropper to put some drops under the tongue (sublingual), or they may add tinctures to drinks and edibles.  It is a discreet way to use marijuana without smoke, and sometimes with fewer calories than contained in edibles when used alone.  Tinctures can also be stored for years and remain active, all the cannabinoids well-preserved. It is after-all, a fruit preserved, the bud of the marijuana plant.

How to Make Weed Alcohol Tincture

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This is the simplest recipe.

  1. Decarboxylate your weed by baking in the oven at 255 degrees for about 30 minutes for an average amount.
  2. Grind the weed.
  3. Mix the decarboxylated and ground pot with Everclear alcohol (95% ABV) or a high proof vodka.  The alcohol extracts the cannabinoids.  
  4. Seal the mason jar and let it be for a few weeks, shaking it every day.
  5. When a few weeks are up, strain it with cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove the plant material.  You now have potent alcohol extract, infused with cannabinoids. And now you know the simple way to make liquid thc drops.  Start with 1 ML and review the effects.  The next day, try 2 ML and see if there is a high.  This green dragon tincture recipe is fail proof.  We will next examine how to make a thc tincture using other means of extraction.
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How to Make Cannabis Tincture With Coconut Oil

cannabis with coconut oil

When you make liquid butter or vegetable oil extracts, enthusiasts call this Canna oil rather than tincture, but you can make it as strong as a tincture if you like.  Users like to make strong Canna Oil with Coconut Oil because of the anti-inflammatory effects of the oil. It can be used topically or dropped like a tincture.  An incredibly easy and magical way to make the oil is to use the Magical Butter machine.

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The Magical Butter Machine is powerful and easy to use.  Just toss in about four cups of your coconut oil, around 30 grams of weed, and set the settings for oil processing, at about 160 degrees.  Close the lid, run the machine for an hour. Let it cool for half an hour. Now pour the mixture through the filter, into your bowl. You have your infused coconut oil tincture or extraction that easily.

How to Make CBD Glycerin Tincture

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • High CBD, low THC weed, such as Harlequin
  • The Magical Butter Machine
  • Handling glove
  • Filter

You can also make vegetable glycerin weed tincture in the Magical Butter Machine.  You simply put your decarboxylated weed into the Magical Butter Machine, about one ounce.  Add about five ounces of vegetable glycerin. Close and set the settings for 130 degrees and set to a four or eight hour cycle.  When done, allow to cool and pour through the filter into your bowl. You can store the liquid in dark mason jars. Vegetable Glycerin tincture stores for up to a year, rather than the years which alcohol tinctures will store.   

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How to Make Weed Edibles

You have now learned to make a form of Canna Butter and Tincture using the magical butter machine or plain old extraction in mason jars, which takes a lot more time but is preferred by some very patient enthusiasts.  Now that you have your tincture or Canna Oil, you can either dab it under your tongue, being careful to test each dose, note effects, and make sure you know how much weed you used, divided by how many servings you’ve made.  This you can compare to how much weed you would normally smoke. We will not do the calculations here because it will depend on your tolerance, type of weed, and how much you have used, so you can to do the calculations independently.  However, as a fail-safe, take a few days to get used to your tincture. Use one milliliter under the tongue one day, 2 milliliters the next day, and so on until you get the desired effects. Once you know what a reasonable dose is, you can add it to your edibles.


Brownies are the typical go-to, as the sugary, buttery food both quenches the munchies and goes well with the taste of your marijuana.

The best way to make weed brownies is simply to follow a store-bought recipe and in place of butter, add your canna oil.  You can also add vegetable glycerin tincture.

To read how to make our best choice of canna oil brownies, see our page here:

This page gives you tips on how to make weed brownies for the beginner and the seasoned cook alike.   

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Weed Jolly Ranchers

One easy way to use your marijuana tinctures is to make weed Jolly Ranchers.  All you need is the following:

  • Your favorite Jolly Ranchers.  I prefer a pack containing Pineapple Jolly Ranchers.
  • A baking sheet.
  • Cannabis tincture
  • A Pot

Basically, you are going to grind up and melt your Jolly Ranchers in your pot, then add your cannabis tincture.  Next, you will let it dry and harden on your baking sheet. This will make your tincture palatable whether it is based in alcohol, coconut, or glycerin.  Your friends will be impressed and delighted and your popularity will skyrocket. Everyone loves Jolly Ranchers.

You can find a full recipe for cannabis candies on our site here, along with a fool proof method for making pot cookies:

Teas and Drinks

The easiest way of all to use your cannabis tinctures is to simply stir it into your favorite drink.  If you are a coffee drinker, putting your coconut cannabis oil into your coffee is a healthy way to get a potent dose of anti-inflammatory and mood-boosting action.  Others prefer to put alcohol or glycerin tinctures into their gourmet teas. In any case, know your dose and enjoy.