The past six weeks at Wake & Bake HQ have been filled with tinctures and topicals. We’ve made Honey Tinctures, Weed Lube/Cannabis Massage Oil, Organic VG Tinctures, a CBD Tincture, a Classic PGA Tincture using the Magical Butter, Organic Vodka Tincture, and infused cini minis.
But this incredibly simple classic tincture is so special, that I couldn’t wait to share it any longer. Why is it so special? Well, for one, it only requires:
Some Cannabis (anywhere from 10-30 grams)
Pure Grain Alcohol (Everclear)
A Towel to cover the jar
While I LOVE edibles, there’s something appealing about the simplicity of this method (read: no dishes). It’s also really simple and sweet to consume cannabis via a little apothecary-esque dropper. You can make a decent sized batch of this so you quickly get to know what dose is appropriate for you and don’t have to adjust it very often. Discreet, fast-acting, easy to dose, long shelf life, potent and effective, 1 dirty dish… what’s not to LOVE about tinctures?
This Classic Pure Grain Alcohol Cannabis Tincture is made with just two ingredients: decarboxylated cannabis and Everclear. It has been a brewing for 6 weeks in my cupboard with fairly minimal input. I wasn’t planning on the input being so minimal when this experiment began. The plan was to be crazy diligent and scientific about these tincture trials. But I’m a libra. So, there’s that.
The day I started this, I was D-E-termined to shake and test the jars of cannabis tincture in my cupboard regularly and methodically. I vowed that every damned day I would:
- Shake the jars.
- Uncover the jars.
- Grab a dropper and test the tincture. Occasionally take a picture.
- Write down how I feel.
This lasted for three days. The everclear was green and so strong that it burned the shit out of my mouth, throat and nose. It made my eyes water after a couple of drops, but I didn’t feel much of anything going on. I decided that it wouldn’t be worth it to keep testing it every day until I found the exact day that it was fully active.
I would just wait.
I would swirl them every day, wait a couple of weeks (two-four max) and test to see when the tincture was the perfect strength for me to take less than 10 drops of that intense grain alcohol.
I damned well WOULD just wait, and swirl, and wrap the whole thing up.
But I totally didn’t.
The busy-as-all-shit holidays came and went and I would occasionally think, “OH SHIT! The tincture trials!!!!” but without all of the capital letters and exclamation points. I’d shake the jars, smell the contents, and move on with my day.
That was until today. I finally finished answering every single comment that was on this here blog. I was so in the weeds that there were over 60 comments in the docket, and since I love interacting with you guys, I tried to answer all of them with consideration; thoughtfully and consciously with proper grammar. Which took for-fucking-ever.
I kept coming across questions about tinctures and I was finally like, ”OH SHIT! The tincture trials!!!!” but that time there were all caps and exclamation points because I’d completely forgotten about the tincture in my cupboard.
I shook the jar up, opened the lid, let the hobo smell evaporate and took ten drops of this bad boy. All I can say is…
The everclear sting is still there, but it’s less pronounced. It definitely had a “green” taste to it. But, it delivers fast, easy-to-dose treatment. If you’re going for flavor or if you’re looking for a delivery method for an ill little one who has been prescribed medical marijuana, this may not be the tincture for you (stay tuned for the Honey and OVG tinctures, because those definitely are for you).
If you’re looking for an easy way to make a fast-acting-medicinal tincture, this recipe turned out to be incredibly low input and delivered a quality product. I really only swirled the jars a couple of times a week and covered them with a towel. It was so unintentionally easy. It’s always shocking to me how this stuff can be so simple and how people on the internet make it so complicated.
Is there a more methodical way to do this? Probably.
Is there a more difficult way to make this? Fo sho.
Does this method work?
You can swirl the mixture around more often if you’ve got a daily kitchen witch routine going. You good little kitchen witch, you.
CLASSIC PGA CANNABIS TINCTURE
(the incredibly simple cupboard method)
1. In a quart or pint mason jar, mix:
2 cups Everclear
20-30 grams of Cannabis (trim or broken up buds that have already been DECARBOXYLATED)
2. Cover with lid and place in a cool dark place.
3. Swirl around the mixture and test occasionally.
4. When the tincture is effective, strain the plant material and pour into dropper bottles. Label and store in a cool, dark place away from children and unstable adults.
Start with 4-5 drops and work your way up. You should begin to feel the effects quickly (within a minute) and you’ll experience the solution’s full strength in 15-30 minutes. Adjust your dose from there.
For more information about measuring the THC dosage of your cannabis tincture, check out the post on determining the strength of your oil. The same math applies to figure out the total mgs in your tincture.
You can absolutely divide this recipe to accommodate for how much cannabis you have. Just make sure the alcohol covers the material so things don’t get funky.
Okay! Well, I’m half assed in the saddle again and can’t wait to post the rest of this tincture series and share my overall favorite one with you (spoiler alert: I won’t be giving any spoilers).
So… do you have a better method? Did all of that make sense? Please keep the questions and comments coming. I absolutely LERV hearing from you guys and it’s so much fun connecting with all of you <3