How to: Make A Tincture

Based on: Sativa Science Club's Post, "The Tincture Trick: The Best Way To Preserve Your Favorite Strains"


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How Tinctures are Made

Tinctures are created by soaking plant material in alcohol, apple cider vinegar, or vegetable glycerin to release the beneficial compounds from within the plant’s cell walls. After the mixture has been given time to sit, usually between 1-15 days, the plant material is then strained out to create a finished product. 

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How Tinctures Work

Tinctures can be used in a variety of ways, but the most popular form of consumption with tinctures is mucosal delivery. This involves the absorption of an herb through a mucous membrane.

With tinctures, this is usually done by placing a few drops under your tongue, where two large veins allow for quick absorption of the tincture into the bloodstream for fast and effective relief. Unlike with edibles, the active ingredients don’t have to be processed by your digestive system and therefore take effect more quickly. 

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Other Uses for Tinctures

Tinctures can also be used as edibles when added to food. When a tincture is immediately digested instead of absorbed through the mouth, it is metabolized more slowly by the body but has longer lasting effects. To use a tincture this way, you can simply add a few drops to anything from your coffee to a smoothie or juice — or even just to your water! 


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Supplies

  • high proof vodka 
    • The higher the proof, the better here. If possible, Everclear is a great option!
    • Be mindful of whether or not the person who will be using this tincture should be exposed to alcohol. Remember, you can also use Apple Cider Vinegar or Vegetable Glycerin to make your tincture
  • dried or fresh* herbs
    • *The water in fresh herbs can decrease the stability and shelf life of your tinctures

  • clean, dry jar + labels
  • coffee filter

You can also make a tincture in the LEVO Oil Infusion Machine!

Not patient enough to wait two weeks for a good soaking? Need your tincture today? Check out how to make a tincture in the LEVO here! 

And if you don't have a LEVO yet, remember you can get $15 off with code HEMPSLEY

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Directions

  • Grind dry herbs / Chop fresh herbs & place in jar
  • Cover with vodka
    • Dry herbs may absorb alcohol; add more alcohol to the jar as needed over time to keep herbs covered

  • Seal and place in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking every few days

  • Pour through a coffee filter or other strainer

  • Store in a cool, dry, dark place

    • Properly stored tinctures can be kept for 3-5 years

    • Discard if there is discoloration or change in aroma

To use: place drops under tongue

  • Hold drops as long as possible before swallowing, ideally 15-120 seconds

Safety Notes: use caution; extractions can be potent. Be mindful of whether or not the user should be exposed to alcohol


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