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 Direct – I 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.
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.
– CBD Flower
– MCT oil (you can get this from places that sell nutritional supplements. I found mine at Whole Foods.)
– Coffee Filters
- The first step is to grind your buds. I used a standard grinder.
- Next, we need to decarboxylate our ground buds. This will activate the CBD and THC in the flower.
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 minutes— Note: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- After it is finished filtering, you can either store it in a jar or in dropper bottles.
The complete batch of tincture should contain about 5000 mg of CBD (30 grams @ 176.6 mg CBD per gram flower)
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.