How To Make Your Own CBD Tincture Recipe
Posted on June 8th, 2022
If you have ever researched CBD (cannabidiol) oil, you might have come across CBD tinctures too. You may have also wondered if these terms are describing the same products. Well, they don’t, but don’t worry it is a mistake that many people make.
When the CBD/hemp industry started to ramp up during the late part of 2017 and the early part of 2018, many companies were using these terms interchangeably. Tinctures were associated with dropper-style bottles.
While CBD tinctures and oils are still packaged in a similar way, there happen to be a few important distinctions. Keep reading to find out more about what a CBD tincture really is and how to make a CBD tincture recipe.
– What Is A Tincture?
Tinctures are herbal extracts in a concentrated form. The process involves soaking the leaves (dried or fresh), berries, roots, or bark from one plant or more in vinegar or alcohol. The vinegar or the alcohol extracts the “active” ingredients present in the herbs or plant and concentrates these ingredients in the form of a liquid.
People have used tinctures for hundreds of years; they’re one of the main components of ancient and traditional herbal medicines. The U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regards most tinctures (with a few exceptions) as supplements. So, in the majority of cases, the health effects relating to these mixtures are not well-studied and sometimes unclear.
– What Is A CBD Tincture?
A CBD tincture is described as an “alcohol-based” extract. The solvent used is high-proof alcohol that extracts the compounds of cannabis or hemp plants. The alcohol is also present in the final product. CBD, in an alcohol-based liquid, will typically contain between 60 to 70% alcohol. In general, an alcohol-based tincture will have a much longer shelf life of between 3 to 5 years, but these products typically exude a bitter taste.
CBD tinctures are not as common as many of the other CBD products, which often has to do with the taste. Some products that have been labeled as a tincture can actually be an oil.
– Delivery Method Benefits
Here are some common benefits of CBD tinctures. They may explain why some people believe they are dramatically superior to other CBD products:
– Tinctures Are Pure Extracts
Thanks to today’s extraction methods, we can achieve pure hemp extracts. With other methods of extraction, there was always the risk of contamination from different pollutants and toxins.
The hemp quality that undergoes extraction will also make a significant difference, but when comparing a tincture to other CBD products such as soft gels and gummies, there are other ingredients used to produce the product. When using the correct extraction technique, the end product achieves the purest form, and the CBD in the tincture is also of the highest quality.
– A Tincture Is Cleaner
Many CBD products contain additional ingredients that give them texture, fragrance, flavor, and more. When using a tincture that comes from a reputable and reliable source you can be sure that the bottle only contains pure, high-grade hemp oil that is free from preservatives or additives.
– Tinctures Hit Your Bloodstream Faster
This is perhaps the top benefit of a tincture. CBD tinctures have been made in such a way that you only need to use a few drops sublingually (under your tongue) and then allow your body to naturally do the rest. The tincture will quickly absorb into your veins below your tongue in minutes. The solution then directly enters the bloodstream producing the effects that you have decided to use CBD for.
The only method of administration that is faster into your bloodstream would be to inject it or smoke it. This is why some people prefer to smoke hemp when using CBD. However, this method is not completely safe or the healthiest way to use CBD products.
Since a tincture hits the bloodstream immediately and causes instant effects, it’s the quickest, most effective, and safest method to use CBD products. It can also offer a way to make sure you are making the most of your CBD experience.
– Tinctures Are Convenient
Since a tincture is generally packaged in a small bottle with an eye dropper that connects directly to the solution, they don’t take up a lot of space and they are very easy to take with you on the go. You can easily store your tincture in a backpack, purse, pocket, or a compact compartment.
The eyedropper used in these bottles also makes it a simple task to extract the liquid out of the bottle before you conveniently drop the fluid under your tongue.
How To Make Your Own CBD Tincture Recipe
If you have ever made a tincture before, then you already have a good idea of what is involved in the process. However, when it comes to tincturing hemp or cannabis flowers there is an additional step involved known as “decarboxylation”. This process involves heating the hemp or cannabis flowers to change the CBD from an inactive CBDa acid form to a bioavailable CBD active form.
1/4 ounce of cannabis or hemp flowers
Glass jar with a lid
High-proof alcohol (Everclear is a good example)
1 oz glass bottle that comes with a dropper lid
Instructions On How To Make Your Own CBD Tincture Recipe
The first step involves decarboxylating your hemp so that the CBD is activated. Preheat an oven to 240-degrees Fahrenheit. Break the hemp flowers into smaller pieces using either a grinder or your hands. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper, and arrange the hemp evenly over the sheet.
Bake the hemp for 40 to 60 minutes. Once the flowers have changed from a green color to a slight golden brown, take the pan out of the oven and allow the hemp to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
Place the decarboxylated hemp in a glass jar. Pour the high-proof alcohol over so that the plant materials are completely covered. Fill the jar up to 2/3 full with the hemp, and then fill the jar to the top with the alcohol.
Screw the lid on, gently shake the mixture and then store the bottle in a dark and cool space for 3 to 4 weeks. During this time the alcohol will extract the essential parts of the hemp flowers. Make sure you gently shake the bottle every 2 to 3 days to keep the plant materials submerged.
After 3 to 4 weeks, pass the mixture through a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth which will separate the plant materials from your finished tincture.
Fill the 1 oz. glass bottle with the dropper lid for quick and easy access. You can store the remainder of the tincture in a dark and cool spot. It should last for 3 to 5 years since alcohol is one of the strongest preservatives.
We recommend labeling your jar so that it includes the date and the ingredients.
While CBD oils and CBD tinctures are terms that can be used interchangeably, they are two very different products. CBD oils are typically made using a carrier oil and CBD, while a CBD tincture is an alcohol-based extract that contains high-proof alcohol that steeps the materials.
The right type of CBD products for you often depend on what you prefer, but it is always recommended that you shop wisely. Also, consult with your family doctor if you are already taking other medications, but are interested in trying CBD.