How to Make a Full Spectrum CBD Tincture at a Fraction of the Retail Cost

Full spectrum CBD tincture in dropper

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a full spectrum CBD tincture for a fraction of the cost you’ll find anywhere online.

To do this, I’m going to use 30 grams of Berry Extreme popcorn bud ($65.99 from CBD Hemp DirectI used ‘mjgeeks’ and it worked! haha. ). At $2.19 per gram and 17.66% CBD, that ends up being $0.012 per mg of CBD. I’m pretty sure you won’t find a better deal than that without buying in bulk /wholesale prices. But if you do, please let me know.

Popcorn hemp buds - discounted


Note: The total here is for 2 ounces. I only used one for the tincture. I’m saving the rest for vaping.

Compare that to the price of my favorite tincture from CBDistillery. The 1000 mg bottle is $60. That ends up being ($0.06 / mg).

Even if you make a tincture from pure CBD isolate at $30 for a gram, you’re still paying $0.03 / mg.

This is why I have gravitated to mostly using CBD flower. It’s by far the best value.
popcorn hemp buds up close

Starting material:

CBD Flower
MCT oil (you can get this from places that sell nutritional supplements. I found mine at Whole Foods.)
Coffee Filters

  1. The first step is to grind your buds. I used a standard grinder.

    1 ounce of ground hemp buds

  2. Next, we need to decarboxylate our ground buds. This will activate the CBD and THC in the flower.
    ground hemp buds on foil in the oven

    Put the ground flower on a pan and a sheet of aluminum foil in an oven heated to 220 f and leave it for 25 minutesNote: Thanks to /u/GreenIguanaf for sharing some better numbers for decarboxylation. — For optimal carboxylation, set the temperature to 284 f and leave it for 30 minutes.

  3. Once the ground flower is cool, put it into a pint jar and add 1/2 cup of MCT oil. The oil should fully cover the flower material.
  4. Fill a small pot about 1/2 way with water heat it until it is just barely starting to bubble/ boil. Turn the heat down, but keep it hot enough so it is boiling gently.
  5. Place your jar with ground flower / oil mixture into the hot water (this is a double boiler setup). Leave it for 30 to 45 minutes and stir every 5 minutes with a spoon.

    double boiler for CBD tincture

  6. Set up your coffee filters over a cup, bowl, or other container. I used about 8 filters together in a strainer (very slow, but higher quality end product) over a large measuring cup.

  7. Very carefully pour out only the oil into the strainer. Try to keep the plant material in the jar. If you have an extra strainer, you could use that, but I just did my best by carefully pouring. If you accidentally pour out a lot of plant material, try to scoop it back into the jar. (We’re going to run a second extraction to get even more CBD out.)

    When it’s finished straining, you should have about 1/2 cup of tincture in your container.

    CBD tincture filter

  8. Add another 1/2 cup of oil to your plant material in the original jar. Put it back into the double boiler and heat for 30 to 45 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes.

    CBD tincture infusing

  9. Set up a fresh stack of 8 coffee filters and filter the 2nd batch of oil into the container with your first batch. This time, you can go ahead and pour everything into the filter. Plant material and oil.
  10. After it is finished filtering, you can either store it in a jar or in dropper bottles.

    Full spectrum cbd tincture

The complete batch of tincture should contain about 5000 mg of CBD (30 grams @ 176.6 mg CBD per gram flower)

Full spectrum CBD tincture in dropper

We used 1 cup total of oil — There are about 4731 drops in a cup.

Than means we have just over 1mg of CBD in each drop of tincture.

So for those who need to use a tincture and are looking for a cheaper way to go. this is definitely it.


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  1. Good stuff. That’s how I make the base for my salve, except I just cook the ground herb in coconut oil at a low temp and then filter it.

    Those popcorn buds look *way* better than a lot I’ve seen. I’m starting to suspect that these places are hooking you up since you always seem to end up with much better nugs than I do when purchased from the same places.

    • Thanks! I’ve made it before without decarbing in the oven. It seems to work just as good, but I just wanted to be thorough.

      As for getting better product, I don’t know. In this case, I think the pic is misleading. Those popcorn buds are teeny-tiny. But they do the trick. That may be the case for others too – I sometimes clean up buds before taking pics.

  2. I am making my very first batch ever!
    Using your method, I am thinking all these filters are sucking up all my CBD oil. The first batch is just filtering and I dont have even
    1/4 of a cup in my measuring cup. How long does it take for it all to come through?

  3. I do basically this but I decarb in the oil. I keep the oil at the temp listed in the decarb chart for the right time. I also will sometimes find a strain with just a tad of thc and then decrab one batch for cbd then another for thc then mix them.

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