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Recipe: Strain Specific THCA Tincture

THCA Tincture
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Recipe: Strain Specific THCA Tincture

Strain-specific tinctures are helpful when it comes to giving your body different terpenoids and flavonoids therapy.

As a new mother to a 3-month-old baby there are some days where I need the healing properties of cannabinoids without the psychoactive effect. In response to this need, I make non-psychoactive strain specific tinctures at home that keep all the cannabinoids in their raw form. By not decarboxylating the cannabis I am able to reap the benefits of the cannabinoids in their acidic form which will not get me high, but will still bring about therapeutic properties. In their raw form, cannabinoids carry with them an array of health benefits that can benefit breastfeeding mothers. On my journey with the Cannabis Mom Diet, I find that after certain workout days I have bad inflammation of my muscles and my hip joints. Thankfully THCa and CBDa will help to fight and eradicate the inflammation I experience whether I ingest it or rub it on the sore areas topically.

Strain-specific tinctures are helpful when it comes to giving your body different terpenoids and flavonoids therapy. By selecting your favorite strains you will be infusing the different flavor profiles in addition to a unique spectrum of essential oils that will entice your nose into the tincture. These properties are therapeutic to the body in themselves as certain flavonoids contain anti-cancer properties while certain terpenes contain anti-anxiety properties. Each strain has their own ratios of these plant compounds so experimentation is the key to finding the right strains for your body.

Tinctures are a breeze to create in the comfort of your own home and take less than 5 minutes to make when you have all the ingredients on hand. Yes, you need to be patient for 4 weeks while the tincture works its magic, but I promise you it will pay off in the end. And once this magical elixir is created the versatility of using it within different mediums is almost limitless. Add it to soups, protein shakes, stews, hot tea, coffee, sauces, candies, ect. Just be creative and have fun with it!

Mise en place:

7 grams lightly ground fully cured cannabis (strain of your choice)
6 ounce mason jar
1 small bottle Everclear


1. Add the lightly ground cannabis strain of your choice to the jar. Make sure the cannabis is fully cured.

2. Pour the Everclear evenly over the cannabis until it is fully covered with alcohol. Gently shake the bottle so that the cannabis is evenly distributed throughout the Everclear.

3. Place the jar into a cool dark place such as a cupboard for 4 weeks. While this mixture is creating some magic over the 4 week time period, make sure to shake the jar gently once a week.

4. At the end of 4 weeks, strain the plant material from the mason jar either using cheese cloth or a very fine mesh strainer such as an medium fine chinois. Discard the plant material safely into the trash.

5. Now you have the choice to either add the strained tincture back into the mason jar or pour it into medicine dropper bottles. If you pour them into medicine dropper bottles, your dose will be anywhere from 1-5 drops to a full dropper. If you leave it in the jar, you can dose with a free medicine dropper or 1/8th of a teaspoon. Start small, then work your way up to see what works best for your body.

6. To add a little twist, you can flavor the tincture even more by adding in different extracts such as orange or vanilla. You can also add sweeteners like honey. Add the desired amount, until the tincture takes on your chosen taste.

Have you tried a cannabis tincture? Tell us about your experience.



  1. Cyndi

    October 19, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    How many ounces of Everclear per 7 grams of cannabis?

  2. Jenny Pavy

    April 6, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Hi what does fully cured mean? How do you Decarb?

    • Craig Hingston

      April 11, 2016 at 5:29 am

      Fully cured is when you have dried those bad boys and then placed them in a glass jar.
      Venting a couple of times a day the carbon diode from out of the jar by simply opening and closing the lid. I usually do this for about a month or so. Turns awesome bud into “up sized” awesome.

      Decarbing is when you warm up those little suckers to between 170°c ~ 200°c which releases The goodies (THC)

      (Im not a moderator either)

      • Joyce

        June 15, 2017 at 4:00 am

        Dried those bad boys .what does that mean?leaves of the plant or buds?where can you get it in Florida?

    • nancy

      September 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

      To evaporate the everclear – pour it into a glass cake pan and wait twelve or more hours. Then I would pour honey or avocado oil as a carrier that gets it off of the bottom of the pan for dosing or making a raw [THCA] recipe.

  3. Craig Hingston

    April 6, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Approx how many mls to this mix is one bottle of everclear?

    • Craig Hingston

      April 11, 2016 at 5:30 am

      I worked it in the end…

  4. Jake

    January 21, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Will the thca convert to thc if it sits for more than 4 weeks? I made my own tincture and forgot to decarboxilate. I need my tinctures to be more psychoactive.

    • Jessica Catalano

      January 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Jake, cannabis naturally decarbs over time when exposed to light and the natural curing process when exposed to air. If you store the tincture in a cool dark place THCA will not convert over to THC. But, if THCA on a bud that has decarbed naturally before you put it into a tincture, then a very minute or basically negligible amount of THC will be present in the tincture. It is so minute that it would not produce a psychoactive effect. Now in order to get a psychoactive tincture, after you forgot to decarb it, is to gently heat in a crockpot for an hour. Add more alcohol as needed as it evaporates. Do this outside as the fumes could ignite. Hope this helps!

  5. maria

    January 20, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    What U do with dried weed?

  6. Bryan

    January 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I would substitute the EVERCLEAR with a high quality VODKA. The everclear is NASTY!

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