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Cannabis Alcohol Tincture Recipe (Green Dragon)

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In this post, you will learn what a cannabis tincture is, the benefits of making your own tincture at home, what tinctures are used for, and how to make a traditional cannabis tincture recipe with alcohol at home (oftentimes called The Green Dragon).

Let’s Make A Cannabis Alcohol Tincture!

If you’d like to incorporate cannabis into your cannabis regimen, there are a few easy ways to get started, including using a cannabis tincture.

While you may commonly hear the word tincture in reference to oil ‘tinctures’ or freezer tinctures, this post is specifically dedicated to a long soak, alcohol-based cannabis tincture called ‘the Green Dragon’.

Read on to learn more about what exactly this cannabis tincture is and how you can make it at home.

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What Is A Cannabis Alcohol Tincture?

Let’s start by looking at what a tincture is.

Tinctures are extracts made by soaking the leaves, bark, or roots of herbs in a solvent like alcohol.

The liquid pulls out the active compound in the plants, dissolving them and concentrating them.

When it comes to cannabis tinctures, the alcohol is used to extract the active ingredients, including cannabinoids like CBD and THC, and terpenes from the plant material.

Tinctures are usually stored in glass bottles with a dropper, making a tincture a more accurate way to dose and easy to consume. 

How To Use A Tincture

A cannabis tincture can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or orally (swallowed), or can be added to just about any food or beverage in a variety of cannabis recipes.

When taken under the tongue, sublingually, you’ll feel the effects quite quickly, within 15-20 minutes.

When swallowed, orally, it may take up to 2-4 hours for the full effects to be felt.

Of course, this will be dependent upon your own unique endocannabinoid system and how your body specifically responds to cannabis edibles

Another common use for tinctures is to create edible cannabis recipes.

Because tinctures are so easily measured, you can add a precise amount to any dish without greatly affecting the final flavor.

It’s easy to test out the exact amount needed to feel the effects and find the minimum effective dose (MED), so you don’t use too much.

It’s important to remember that cannabis works differently for each person, so it’s important to try a few different strains and dosages to find out what works best for you.

If you want to gauge the effectiveness of a tincture, start with a small dosage, and then increase drop by drop until you feel the effects. 

What Are The Benefits Of A Tincture? 

Tinctures are a preferred method of consuming cannabis because they are easy to make at home, and can be consumed in a variety of ways.

For people who prefer edibles to smoking or vaping cannabis, sublingual tinctures work well because they are easy to consume and don’t add calories to your diet.

And unlike smoking cannabis flowers, tinctures don’t have a smell once they’re made, so they are more discreet and easy to use in public. 

In addition, you don’t need any special equipment to make or consume a tincture.

You can more precisely measure the amount of cannabis you’ll be dosing with a dropper, while cannabis flower and baked goods are notoriously difficult to measure.

Smoke or vapor can be harsh or unpleasant for some people, which means tinctures are great alternatives.

And, when taken sublingually, it has a very fast onset, so you can quickly tell whether or not you’ll need to take more to feel the effects.

Long Soak Tincture vs. QWET Freezer Tincture

A traditional cannabis tincture like this one involves combining cannabis flowers and alcohol in a vessel and letting them sit and steep for a prolonged period of time, no freezing involved.

I’ve seen traditional tinctures steep anywhere between a few hours to up to 4-6 months or longer in some cases.

Fans of the traditional tincture prefer this method because it is believed that the longer soak times help extract a full spectrum of plant compounds, resulting in a complete full-extract cannabis oil.

In contrast, the QWET tincture combines frozen cannabis flowers and frozen alcohol for only 15 minutes, often called a ‘wash’ or ‘wash times.’

Compared to a traditional tincture, this quick wash freezer method produces a much lighter colored tincture with a much more mild cannabis taste that many people prefer.

The traditional long-soak tincture is generally preferred by some due to the belief that a more complete plant extract that includes more plant compounds like chlorophyll and terpenes produces a more medicinal final product. 

Neither one is right or wrong, it is a matter of personal preference.

Feel free to experiment with it, adapt and adjust your method as you go along, and learn more about your own personal preferences.

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How To Make A Cannabis Tincture

You can scour the internet and find hundreds of different ways and methods to make a cannabis tincture.

There is no one right way to make a tincture, and in fact, several ways different ways are often shared in my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community.

There are many methods and ways to achieve the same result in successfully making a cannabis tincture.

This long-soak, Green Dragon cannabis tincture is one of two tincture recipes I have here on the blog.

I also have a QWET Tincture, also known as a freezer tincture or ‘the Golden Dragon’.

Below you will find a basic, beginner-friendly cannabis tincture recipe.

Be Sure To Decarboxylate First

For the effects of cannabis to be felt when consumed as an edible, the cannabis must first be decarboxylated.

This means that, for the compounds in cannabis to be active, like CBD and THC, they need to be heated with low temperatures over a period of time.

So the first step to making a successful cannabis tincture involves decarboxylating the plant matter.

Click here for a full guide to cannabis decarboxylation.

Cannabis Strain Recommendations

Your cannabis tincture can only be as strong as the cannabis flower you’re starting with.

High-grade buds are going to be more potent than trim or shake, but less potent than kief.

Keep this in mind as you choose what strain and how much cannabis to use.

You can also make a CBD alcohol tincture using CBD dominant flower.

Alcohol Recommendations

It is essential to use high proof grain alcohol, like the recommended Everclear 190 Proof, or 420 Extractor, for the best quality extraction.

If you cannot access high proof alcohol, 151 proof will work as well, although it is not as strong of a solvent.

You will not achieve the same results with lower proof alcohol like vodka or rum.

I do not recommend using any alcohol that is not graded as food-safe such as isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).

Evaporation Recommendations

Your cannabis alcohol tincture will no doubt be strong and likely burn.

Depending on your desired final outcome, you will want to evaporate off some of the alcohol to have a more concentrated tincture.

How much alcohol you evaporate off will depend on the type of final product you want, but many people typically evaporate off anywhere from 50-100% of the alcohol.

If you evaporate off all of the alcohol, you will be left with full-extract cannabis oil (FECO), a powerful concentrated cannabis extract.

*Warning: Combining high-proof alcohol with open flames can be extremely dangerous.

Before attempting any type of alcohol evaporation, ensure you are being safe.

Proper ventilation, no open flames, and common sense go a long way*

There are many different ways to evaporate off the alcohol, some safer than others.

The most simple way is to let the tincture sit out without a cover to let the alcohol evaporate away naturally over time.

You can also follow the instructions here on how to make full-extract cannabis oil with complete instructions for evaporating the alcohol off in a mini-crockpot.

What To Make With A Cannabis Tincture

Once you have your cannabis tincture prepared, you can use it in many different types of recipes.

Our most popular recipes to use a cannabis tincture include:

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Cannabis Alcohol Tincture Recipe (Green Dragon)

Discover the benefits of making your own tincture and how to make a traditional cannabis tincture recipe with alcohol at home.
4.56 from 700 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Additional Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 40 mins
Course Sides & Snack Recipes
Cuisine Cannabis Recipe
Servings 16 ounces*
Calories 190 kcal



*You do not need to use the full 16 ounces of Everclear tincture, you just need enough alcohol to cover all of the plant matter in the container you are using.
*I’ve seen traditional, long-soak tinctures steep anywhere between a few hours to up to 4-6 months or longer in some cases. Soaking your plant material for longer (days) will not necessarily increase the potency, but will increase the amount of chlorophyll and plant matter in your final infusion.


Serving: 1ounceCalories: 190kcal

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