Basic Flower Tincture
Tinctures can be made with either decarbed flower or concentrate. Flower often allows for extracted terpenes to play up botanicals and other flavors, whereas concentrates tend to be helpful for precise dosing, require no freezing and don’t take nearly as long to infuse.
- 8 ounces spirit, such as Everclear, vodka, brandy, gin, rum or tequila, 80 proof or higher
- 1 to 3 grams cannabis flower, decarboxylated, or concentrate
Flower Method: Pour alcohol into covered glass jar. Separately, place jar and flower in freezer 60 minutes or longer. Add flower to alcohol, seal tightly and shake vigorously for several minutes. Return to freezer for at least 24 hours, shaking jar every 3 to 5 hours. Tincture is ready to use although it will become more potent (but darker and more bitter) over time. Strain out plant material through a coffee filter, and pour tincture into dark glass dropper bottles. Store in fridge.
Concentrate Method: Combine alcohol and or concentrate in covered glass jar; seal tightly and shake vigorously (until concentrate dissolves, if using). Pour tincture into dark glass dropper bottles.
Note: Lower proof alcohol won’t pull all THC from flower. Higher proof alcohol such as 120-proof Everclear results in better extraction and higher potency.
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