Making edibles with an alcohol-based tincture is a great way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis in a subtle and tasty way. With the right ingredients and some basic knowledge, you can create a wide variety of edibles that can be both fun and functional. Get started with this comprehensive guide on the features, benefits, and recipes of alcohol-based tinctures.

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Features

  • Things to know about working with alcohol
  • Important safety and dosage considerations
  • Delicious, easy-to-make recipes to try

Why You’ll Love This Guide

Recently, I received this question from a member of my Well With Cannabis Community: “What types of edibles can I make with a tincture made with Everclear?”

And I get it; making traditional herbal alcohol-based tinctures is becoming a lost art, which is why working with alcohol for extraction can seem so foreign.

That’s why I’ve put together everything you need to know, from the basics of alcohol extracts to recipes you can make and tips and tricks for making the perfect gummies.

Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or new to cannabis, I hope the guide will help you discover all of the incredible edibles you can make with alcohol-based tinctures.

I’ve included notes and expert tips to help you avoid common mistakes and ensure your edibles are safe and effective. So grab your alcohol-based tincture, and let’s get started!

Alcohol vs. Oil

When it comes to creating cannabis edibles, there are two primary methods to choose from: alcohol and oil-based extracts.

While both methods are effective, alcohol-based tinctures tend to be more versatile, as the alcohol acts as a preservative and allows for easy incorporation into a wide variety of recipes.

The alcohol also helps to extract the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes, resulting in a more potent product.

Please note that this guide only talks about alcohol-based tinctures, which perform very differently in recipes than oil-based tinctures.

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Safety Considerations

Before making any edibles, it’s essential to consider safety precautions to ensure a good experience.

Working with high-proof alcohol comes with a risk due to its highly flammable nature.

Hence, it’s crucial to avoid both open flames and excessive heat to ensure safety while preparing your edibles.

Please take proper dosing precautions as well.

Be sure to start with small doses, as the effects can be more intense and last longer than smoking.

Also, be cautious when consuming edibles with alcohol, as the two substances can amplify each other’s effects, depending on how much of each is consumed.

And as always, store your edibles in a secure, locked location, away from children and pets.

Recipes to Make with Tincture

Now, let’s dive into some specific recipes where alcohol-based tinctures shine, offering a unique blend of potency, flavor, and versatility that’s hard to beat!

Cannabis Sugar

Easy Cannabis-Infused Sugar

4.72 from 196 votes
Learn how to make delicious, versatile cannabis sugar using a cannabis alcohol tincture and white sugar for a staple cannabis recipe that can be used to make a wide variety of medicated recipes.
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Easy Cannabis Salt Recipe

4.67 from 3 votes
For a savory twist, try making cannabis salt. Combine one cup of coarse sea salt with one tablespoon of your alcohol-based tincture. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and heat at 200°F for 10 minutes to evaporate the alcohol. Alternatively, you can let the mixture air dry. Then, use the salt to season your favorite foods.
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Cannabis Gummies with Tincture

Cannabis Gummies Made with Tincture or FECO/RSO

4.82 from 217 votes
This no-fail recipe for CBD or THC gummies made with tincture is the perfect recipe for delicious cannabis gummies that are made with an alcohol-based tincture, full-extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO/RSO, or other cannabis concentrates.
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Infuse Store-Bought Gummies with Cannabis Tinctures

4.76 from 50 votes
Skip the mess of making gummies from scratch and discover the easiest way to infuse your faovirte store-bought gummies with cannabis alcohol-tinctures.
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A white plate with 3 red cannabis lollipops laying on it with a cannabis leaf on the left side for garnish

How to Make Customizable Cannabis Lollipops

4.77 from 21 votes
Convenient and discreet, these lollipops are the perfect way to medicate on-the-go, and are completely customizable with your choice of flavor and color.
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Cannabis Cocktails & Mocktails

For a fun and fancy way to enjoy your cannabis, try making some of the cannabis cocktails featured in my cookbook, Cannabis Drinks Made Simple!

Simply add a few drops of your alcohol-based tincture to your favorite cocktail recipe, give it a stir, and voila!

You’ve got yourself a delicious and discreet way to unwind.

Cannabis Drinks Made Simple

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Cannabis Watermelon Shooter Shots

5 from 9 votes
Whether you’re starting your morning off right or planning a fun party or get-together, these cannabis-infused watermelon shooter shots are a nutrient-dense, quick and easy drink, complete with various cannabis infusion options.
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Cannabis Paloma Cocktail or Mocktail

5 from 1 vote
Take the classic palmoa cocktail, a tequila-based drink made with the sweetness of grapefruit juice and mint, to the next level with these CBD or THC cannabis infusion options and simple step-by-step instructions.
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Raspberry Cannabis Mojito

5 from 2 votes
This raspberry cannabis Mojito is the perfect blend of sweet fruit, hints of mint and cannabis for a truly refreshing drink that can be enjoyed all year long. Here you will find easy instructions with multiple different cannabis infusion options to choose from.
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Sangria

Easy Cannabis Red Wine Sangria

4.86 from 14 votes
A simple, easy-to-prepare recipe for a classic red sangria made with a cannabis alcohol tincture and your choice of red wine or grape juice. Easily customizable, this is the perfect cannabis cocktail to enjoy all year long.
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The Importance of Evaporation

When making edibles with an alcohol-based tincture, it’s essential to evaporate some or most of the alcohol to avoid any unwanted effects.

This process can be done by heating the tincture at a low temperature, allowing the alcohol to evaporate slowly.

It’s important to note that when all of the alcohol is evaporated from the tincture, what you’re left with is a powerful end product known as FECO or full extract cannabis oil.

This potent substance carries all of the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes but lacks the alcohol base.

Therefore, it has a distinctly different texture and behavior in recipes compared to the parent alcohol-based tinctures.

Keep this in mind, as it can significantly influence the final taste and overall experience of your edibles.

How to Make Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)

Full-Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)

4.67 from 206 votes
Complete, detailed, beginner-friendly instructions for teaching you how to make your own full-extract cannabis oil (FECO) at home in a safe and easy way.
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Notes & Expert Tips

  • When making cannabis edibles, it’s important to use quality ingredients and pay attention to dosing. Start with a small dose and increase gradually to avoid overconsumption.
  • There are various tinctures on the market, so be sure to choose one that aligns with your intended use.
  • Adding your tincture to fatty ingredients is an easy way to increase absorption, aiding bioavailability.
  • And finally, have fun and experiment!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much alcohol-based tincture should I use?

This depends on your personal tolerance and how potent your tincture is. It’s recommended to start with a small dosage of around 1-5mg and increase as needed.

How long does it take for the effects to kick in?

The effects of edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to kick in, however this can be different with tinctures, so be patient. Keep in mind, eating tinctures through edibles is different than using them sublingually.

Can I make edibles with lower THC content?

Yes, you can use a tincture with a lower THC content to produce a milder effect. Try a CBD tincture or even a THCA tincture or CBDA tincture.

Conclusion

Making edibles with an alcohol-based tincture is a fun and easy way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis.

Try experimenting with different recipes and dosage levels to find what works best for you.

And always remember to use quality ingredients, start with low doses, and consume responsibly. Happy cooking!

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About Emily

Hi, I’m Emily Kyle and I teach people just like you how to use cannabis to find joy, enhance productivity, improve relationships, and naturally support your overall health and wellness.

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