3 Simple cannabis tincture recipes

Published Apr 18, 2019 09:20 a.m. ET
Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick

For the sake of this article, we are going to start out assuming that you already know how to make your own cannabis tinctures or have some on hand and need some inspiration. For those who are brand new to the world of marijuana edibles that might need a little more assistance, we will include a simple activated tincture recipe at the bottom of the page.

Tinctures come paired with a few benefits that you just won’t find with other marijuana products. They allow you to adjust the dosage according to your personal preference, are much faster to take effect, and to wear off if you happen to eat a few too many infused goodies and will keep well in storage for well over a year before the cannabinoids and terpenes within will begin to degrade and lose potency. Some people swear that their tinctures have stayed the same strength for up to two years after making them.

Cannabutter and cannabis oils have about ¼ of the shelf life in comparison and are more prone to things like mold from accidental exposure to contaminants. These three marijuana tincture recipes are perfect no matter which kind of cannabinoid you are looking to utilize as they taste great and are easy to make in precise and measured doses.  

Cannabis tincture gummies recipe

Gummies are one of the most commonly found marijuana edibles, and that’s for a very good reason. Their soft and chewy texture makes for a perfect option for anyone who wants to devour them quickly, or suck on them for the strongest and most time released effect. They can be made into almost any flavor you can imagine, and this particular recipe uses a Jello mix so you can choose from options you already know and love including cherry, watermelon, green apple, lemon, lime, and more. It’s also one of the easiest for beginners to pull off since it doesn’t require the addition of a candy thermometer.


  • 1 large package of Jello powder (any flavor)
  • ½ cup of cold water
  • 4 packets of gelatin (plain)
  • 4 tablespoons of cannabis tincture
  • 1 can of cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch


  • 1 candy mold
  • 1 turkey baster
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 medium saucepan
  • 1 ziplock baggie


  1. Combine the jello, gelatin, and water to a saucepan and whisk the ingredients together.
  2. Bring the candy liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer for an additional five minutes.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the cannabis tincture by gently whisking it into the candy liquid.
  4. Spray one candy mold using a cooking spray.
  5. Use a turkey baster or spoon to fill the candy mold.
  6. Place the candy mold in the refrigerator to set for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the harden candies from the fridge and pull each one out of the mold.
  8. Place the cannabis infused gummies into a Ziplock baggie along with the cornstarch and seal it.
  9. Shake the bag to evenly coat the gummies which will keep them from sticking to each other.
  10. Enjoy the freshly made cannabis gummies immediately or store them in a cool dark place until you are ready to use them.

Cannabis tincture chocolate recipe

The best part about this recipe is that you can use any kind of chocolate that you can think of including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla chocolate, and even chocolate that is loaded with other goodies like nuts or fruits. Just be careful as heavier additives do tend to sink which leads to a high risk of burning without frequent stirring.


  • 4 tablespoons of cannabis tincture
  • 300 grams (or more of any flavor of chocolate)


  • 1 electric countertop burner
  • 1 ice cube tray
  • 1 glass bowl
  • 1 mixing spoon


  1. Set the electric heat source to the lowest heat setting physically possible. This can be adjusted later as needed, but you cannot come back from burnt chocolate.
  2. Add the tincture to a glass bowl and set it on the countertop electric burner.
  3. Cook over low heat until the majority of the alcohol has evaporated.
  4. Break the chocolate up into cubes and add them to the glass bowl with the tincture.
  5. Continue to heat the bowl until its contents are entirely melted, frequently stirring to avoid burning.
  6. Once all of the chocolate has melted, you can pour it into either chocolate molds or an ice cube tray.
  7. Refrigerate the chocolate cubes until they harden which can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
  8. Remove the cannabis infused chocolate chunks from the tray and store them in a sealed airtight container for up to one month or enjoy them immediately.

Cannabis tincture hard candies recipe

Looking for something that will give you a strong medicated dose of marijuana in a tasty and easy to take discreetly sugar filled wrapper? These mints are delicious and perfect for anyone who needs an alternative to smoking marijuana or who wants a more enjoyable way to consume a hearty dose of cannabinoids.


  • 4 tablespoons of cannabis tincture
  • 1 cup of white granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of corn syrup
  • ¼ cup of water
  • mint flavoring


  • 1 candy thermometer
  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 stirring tool
  • 1 turkey baster
  • 1 round candy mold


  1. Add the sugar, corn syrup, and water to a saucepan and set the heat to medium.
  2. Stir the liquid and continue to heat until all of the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Place a candy thermometer inside of the liquid and continue to cook the mixture until it reaches 300 F.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the burner and add in the mint flavoring and cannabis tincture.
  5. Combine the ingredients well for an even infusion.
  6. Use a turkey baster to fill rounded candy molds.
  7. Refrigerate the cannabis infused mints for 30 minutes to harden.
  8. Remove the set marijuana edibles from the fridge and pop them out of the mold.
  9. Store the candies for up to six months in a sealed container.

How to make marijuana tincture at home

Marijuana tinctures can be made using a variety of different methods, but this is one of the fastest and easiest out there. Despite that, you will still need to prepare it two full weeks in advance of making marijuana edibles, so leave yourself plenty of time. If you do not want to get high off the tincture and are only looking to utilize the other more health-oriented benefits of consuming cannabis, then you can skip the decarboxylation process which activates the psychoactive cannabinoid called THC.

Takes: 2 weeks

Makes: 1 cup of cannabis tincture


  • 32 grams of cannabis
  • 1 cup of high proof grain alcohol


  • 1 sealable mason jar
  • 1 piece of cheesecloth
  • 1 eye dropper
  • 1 weed grinder
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • parchment paper


  1. Preheat an oven to 260 F.
  2. Use a weed grinder to prepare the cannabis for decarboxylation.
  3. Place one layer of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  4. Evenly spread out the cannabis grind over the parchment paper.
  5. Bake the marijuana in an oven for 30 minutes on a middle rack.
  6. Dump the decarboxylated bud into a resealable mason jar.
  7. Add the alcohol to the iar leaving at least once inch of breathing room, while keeping all of the bud saturated in liquid.
  8. Shake the jar for two minutes and store it in a cool dark place for two full weeks.
  9. Remove the jar from storage daily to agitate the materials inside by shaking.
  10. After two weeks your cannabis tincture is ready to use.
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