Making your own herbal tinctures at home saves money, is healthy and let’s be honest, it’s fun.
I make my tinctures for my mechanical mod rebuildable vaporizer. Currently I’m using a dreadnaut clone I bought on eBay for $50. It works great and I’m super pleased with it. But you don’t need to vaporize herbal tinctures produced from this recipe, you could take them orally in a tea or a couple of drops under the tongue would work too. If you’re currently burning your herb and smoking it like a caveman, you need to get on board with herbal tinctures, because doing so will improve your life in a profound and positive way.
For this recipe I’m using dried herb.
What you will need
- At least 9 grams of whatever dried herb you want to tincture. I use around 10 or 11 grams of a particular herb in enjoy per tincture jar. But it can very a lot how much you put in the jar. I’ve done some root herbs that I used 26 grams. If you put the herb in the jar and pour the alcohol in and the alcohol to herb ratio looks off, add more herb.
- A mason jar. I recommend the short and stout 16 ounce ones. These wide jars give the herb room to float without being too tall.
- Cheese cloth. I recommend a nice organic, non-bleached cheese cloth, but any will work.
- Approximately 4 to 6 ounces of Vegetable glycerine
- High alcohol booze. I’m using 151 proof Everclear. I wouldn’t go lower in alcohol content than 151 proof. When extracting resins and oils, I want a high alcohol content no lower than 75 percent, preferably closer 90 percent, but I can’t find that near where I live.
Grind the herb up with your fingers or a hand grinder. Don’t run the herb through an electronic grinder. You want to be the consistency of what marijuana might look like if you were about to roll it into a joint.
Place all of the ground herb in the mason jar.
Pour 4 ounces of alcohol into the jar.
Verify that there’s at least a quarter inch of alcohol above the herb once it settles. If it’s not, add more alcohol. If you’re going to add more alcohol, add another 2 ounces and that should do it. Also it looks like there’s too much alcohol for the volume of herb in the jar, add more herb. Way the herb that you add so that you can accurately describe the tincture for the label.
Wait and shake the jar every day. How long should you wait? That answer changes depending on who you ask, some say a couple of hours and others a couple of weeks. If you ask me, and you’re tincturing my favorite herb, I’d go with 9 days. There are some who say that you can tincture this herb in 6 hours. They claim that the alcohol extracts the tetrahydrocannabinol in that short amount of time and that any further tincturing time will only pull other chemicals out, such as chlorophyl. I doubt all of the tetrahydrocannabinol is extracted in six hours. I haven’t seen an herb reach homeostasis in less than a day. My theory is that it would take at least 3 days for the alcohol to fully penetrate the herb and so I give it another 6 days just because I like some of those other chemicals that get extracted. When I vaporize an herb, I want to get a sense for that herb in how it tastes.
After 9 days, run your tincture threw cheesecloth and mix it 1 to 1 with vegetable glycerine. If you’re not going to run your tincture through a vaporizer like I do, you probably could just skip the vegetable glycerine. The glycerine is great for the vape because adds volume. I can’t just vaporize 3 drops of tincture, I need enough liquid to saturate my wick.
Once you’ve extracted your tincture and added your glycerine, just pour it into tincture bottles. I like the 2-ounce ones with droppers.