If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve already tried or familiarized yourself with CBD tinctures and are curious about making your own. Well, we’ve got good news and better news for you. The good news is that it’s a relatively simple process and we’ll walk you through all the steps below so you can enjoy your very own homemade CBD. The better news is, if all else fails, you can treat yourself to one of our essential oil-infused CBD tinctures – zero efforts required!
- Hemp flower
- High-proof alcohol
- Mason/glass jar
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Cheesecloth or food-grade strainer
- Grinding apparatus
- Tincture bottle/vial/jar
Preheat the oven to 220-240 degrees Fahrenheit. Take your hemp flower and grind it into a fine texture. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper, and distribute the ground hemp flower evenly on top.
Bake in the oven for 60-90 minutes, until the herb is golden brown. This critical step is called decarboxylation, during which the cannabis plant’s naturally produced CBD-A (cannabidiol acid) releases some of its carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce just CBD. (For naturally decarboxylated hemp flowers or for maximum presence of cannabinoids and terpenes, you can use raw cannabis that did not go through the drying or decarboxylation process. Do note that this process takes a much longer time to reach optimal potency.)
Let your decarboxylated hemp flower cool before continuing.
Fill your Mason jar with high-proof alcohol, then add in the cooled hemp flowers.
Seal your mixture with the Mason jar lid, and let the concoction sit for a few weeks in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar once a day during this time.
If you’d prefer to skip the waiting time, you can also submerge the mixture into a water bath and simmer for 20 minutes at 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to place the jar in cold water and gradually heat it on a low heat setting.
Take your choice of container (a tincture bottle, a vial, or a glass jar) and strain the mixture into it through a cheesecloth. If the container’s opening is small, you can strain and pour it through a funnel.
The Final Product
You now have your very own homemade CBD tincture! Be sure to keep the container airtight and stored in a cool, dark place at all times, and mix your tincture well before each use.
It’s important to note that the resulting tincture will be full-spectrum CBD, meaning that you’ll get all the other cannabinoids and some trace amounts of THC in your final product. If you want a tincture with zero THC (broad-spectrum) or with only CBD (isolate), you’re better off purchasing these products, as making them will require a more complex process and specialized equipment.
It’s best to take one drop to start and gradually increase your doses each day until you find the right fit for you. With homemade infusions, you won’t get the same precise dosages of CBD as you do with its professionally made counterparts from trusted brands. But not to worry! Just start slow until you find what works best for you, and enjoy your lovingly made concoction.
If you’ve come to the realization that DIY tinctures are not your cup of tea, feel free to head on over to our shop and treat yourself to one of our equally lovingly made CBD tinctures. We’ll have it delivered to your door before you can say, “How do you pronounce decarboxylation?”