We talked about making your own cannabis infusions with a recipe from Leafly last week, but there’s something incredible about making your own alcohol-based infusion that can be really helpful for certain cannabis recipes. After all, you don’t necessarily want to be mixing too much of one substance with another, especially since alcohol can intensify the amount of THC in your bloodstream, and there’s no accurate way to measure this so it’s important to be careful when using them together. That being said, as long as you use responsibly, alcohol can be a very potent way to incorporate cannabis into some of your favourite things, like food and drinks! Find out how with this lovely You, Me and MaryJane-inspired recipe.
- High proof alcohol
- Dry cannabis (or, if you’re lucky enough to grow at home, consider adding in leaves for additional cannabinoids)
- A resealable glass jar or a dark glass bottle
- Chop up your cannabis. Note, THChristi says not to grind the cannabis too fine or else risk a cloudy tincture.
- Lay out your ground cannabis on a cookie sheet in a thin layer and bake in a 250 degree oven for 30 minutes. This decarboxylates the cannabis – the most important step.
- Cool it entirely and place it in the glass jar or bottle. Then add enough of the alcohol to cover the cannabis and seal it.
- Label your jar with any information you might have about your cannabis. This is very important because each tincture will be different depending on the cannabinoid content and strain details. Store it in a dark, warm location to best preserve it.
- Wait at least a month for the full results of extraction. Way too long, right? But if you start this week, it’ll be ready in time for 4/20!
- Strain the tincture through cheesecloth or alternatively use a reusable coffee filter.
- Pour the strained tincture into the resealable jar or bottle and store it back in a dark, warm location, or in the fridge or freezer if you prefer it cold.
Trying your tincture
The fun part is sampling your product.
Ideally, you would send your tincture to a lab to be definitely tested for cannabinoid content for accurate dosing or even use a home-testing kit to note CBD/THC content, but if you’re feeling experimental, you can carefully sample and note the related dosage for yourself.
Sampling is particularly important because you don’t want to overdose, which can have some really uncomfortable effects. The rule is to ‘start low, and go slow,’ so start by letting no more than a quarter or half a teaspoon absorb under your tongue, and take note of how quickly it affects you and how you feel. Technically, you should start to feel effects within 10 minutes, but it may take up to an hour, and for some people, up to two. Note that the alcohol is likely to cause a burning sensation, especially on its own. You might want to use similar tasting essential oils to help counter the burn or even just add in some lemon or lime and honey.
Integration into other recipes
If you want to use your tincture in edibles instead, start with 1 teaspoon of tincture and drink it (rather than let it sublingually absorb) directly or add into a food or drink, and expect effects within a half hour.
There are so many recipes from so many sources featuring delicious cannabis-infused drinks and gummies to delectable sauces and dressings, some of which we’ll try and post on Canndora for you to try too!
Note that this recipe was inspired by this recipe posted on You, Me and MaryJane.