This post was sponsored in partnership with Everclear.
CBD tinctures have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. They offer a simple and effective way to consume CBD, with a fast onset time and long-lasting effects.
When you make your own homemade CBD tinctures, you can save hundreds of dollars a year while learning a new skill that is so needed in this world.
The coolest thing about doing this for over a decade is watching people make their first recipe, start sharing it with others, and then quickly become the go-to person in that community for information about this powerful plant.
It turns out that making food and doing DIY are stigma-breaking activities. Who knew?
While saving money and impacting the lives of others is really cool, what I love about learning these foundational skills and making these basic CBD recipes, is that you can turn them into so much more.
For example, I’m going to start today by walking you through making a CBD tincture with Everclear. In the next post, we’ll be using this recipe to make a CBD sugar recipe. And then we’ll turn that into CBD hard candy.
Many folks tell me that one of the hardest things about being consistent about CBD is remembering to take it. Because I’m of the Mary Poppins’ spoon-full-of-CBD-infused-sugar persuasion, I know that people usually don’t have to remember to eat a piece of hard candy. They typically have to remember to stop. 😉
As you’ll come to find, this one recipe can turn into so much more. You’ll be able to mix this CBD tincture into drinks and elixirs, turn it into sugar or salt, make candy with it, and more! It’s the perfect alternative to making your own CBD oil, which only has so many uses.
Making CBD Tinctures with Everclear
While there are many ways to make CBD tinctures, using Everclear as the base solvent offers a number of benefits.
In this post, we’ll explore the advantages of using Everclear for making a CBD tincture, provide a step-by-step recipe, and discuss dosage, flavor, and other tips for making the perfect CBD tincture.
Why Use Everclear for CBD Tinctures?
When it comes to making a CBD tincture, the choice of solvent is critical. The solvent is used to extract the CBD from the plant material, and the quality and purity of the solvent will affect the quality of the final product.
Everclear is a high-proof alcohol that is commonly used for making tinctures and extracts. It has a neutral flavor, making it an ideal base for infusing with CBD.
Additionally, Everclear is highly effective at extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material, resulting in a full-spectrum tincture that contains all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant.
CBD Tincture Dosage
Determining the right dosage for CBD tinctures can be tricky, as it depends on a number of factors, including body weight, metabolism, and the severity of the condition being treated. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to start with a low dose and gradually increase until the desired effects are achieved. A typical starting dose is 5-10mg of CBD, taken 1-2 times per day. From there, you can slowly increase the dose until you find what works best for you. It’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.
Reducing the Alcohol Flavor of an Everclear CBD Tincture
While Everclear is a neutral-tasting alcohol, some people may still find the taste of the tincture to be too strong to use sublingually (under the tongue).
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the alcohol flavor of your CBD tincture.
Mixing your tincture with honey will dilute the tincture and enhance the flavor.
Another option is to allow some of the alcohol to evaporate. This will make for a stronger tincture that is much more palatable.
CBD Tincture vs Oil
When many people say CBD tincture, they’re talking about CBD in an MCT oil. While this is a fat-based extraction, it’s really taken hold of the zeitgeist.
They are often used interchangeably, but there are some key differences between the two. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the hemp plant and suspending it in a carrier oil, such as MCT oil or olive oil.
CBD tinctures, on the other hand, are made by extracting CBD using alcohol (like Everclear) as the solvent.
While both oils and tinctures can be effective ways to consume CBD, tinctures have a few advantages. For one, they arguably have a longer shelf life than oils, as the alcohol acts as a natural preservative. Additionally, tinctures have a faster onset time than oils, as they are absorbed more quickly and efficiently by the body.
Is This a “Full Spectrum” CBD Tincture Recipe?
When making a CBD tincture with Everclear, you are getting a full-spectrum tincture. When you extract organic CBD flower into an alcohol or oil you’re getting so much more than CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD tinctures contain all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
These compounds work together to produce what is known as the “entourage effect,” which enhances the overall therapeutic benefits of the CBD.
By using organic CBD flower and Everclear as the base solvent, you can be sure that your tincture is full-spectrum and contains all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant.
CBD Tincture for Sleep
CBD has been shown to have a number of potential health benefits, including promoting better sleep.
Many people who struggle with sleep issues, such as insomnia or sleep apnea, have found relief with CBD. While it’s not a miracle cure for sweet dreams, and CBD’s efficacy for sleep can fluctuate over time, CBD is a very safe and natural alternative to other sleep medications.
When taken in the form of a tincture, CBD can potentially help promote relaxation and reduce anxiety, which are two common causes of sleep disturbances.
How to Make CBD Tinctures with Everclear: A Step-by-Step Guide
How to Make CBD Tincture with Everclear
- 3.5 grams of organic CBD flower (I use this one)
- 1/2 cup Everclear (95% alcohol by volume)
- 2 mason jars with lids
- Tin foil
- Fine mesh strainer
- Cheesecloth (or a pillow case in a pinch)
- Glass dropper bottles (like these ones from Amazon)
- Using a mason jar and lid, tin foil, and thermometer, decarboxylate the CBD flower in a mason jar in the oven at 240°F for one hour.
2. Once the flower has been decarboxylated, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature. Fill another mason jar with Everclear. Place both jars in the freezer for 24 hours.
3. Combine the CBD flower and Everclear and shake vigorously. Return the jar to the freezer.
4. After 5 minutes or so, remove the jar from the freezer and shake again. Return to freezer. Do this 3 times.
6. Strain the hemp material out using a cheesecloth (or pillow case) and a strainer.
7. Pour into dropper bottles. And voila! You have thousands of mgs of CBD tincture to put to good use!
Making a CBD tincture with Everclear is a simple and effective way to enjoy the benefits of CBD. By using Everclear as the base solvent, you can create a full-spectrum tincture that contains all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant. With a little experimentation, you can adjust the dosage and flavor of your tincture to suit your individual needs and preferences. In the next post, we’ll explore how to use this CBD tincture to make CBD sugar, a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes.
Let me know in the comments below if you tried this Everclear recipe and be on the lookout for more Everclear recipes to come!
- 2 Mason Jars with Lids
- Tin Foil
- Fine Mesh Strainer
- Cheesecloth (or a Pillow Case in a Pinch!)
- Glass Dropper Bottles
- 3.5 grams Organic CBD Flower
- 1/2 Cup Everclear (95% Alcohol by Volume)
- Decarboxylate the CBD flower in a mason jar in the oven at 240°F for one hour.
- Once the flower has been decarboxylated, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature. Fill another mason jar with Everclear. Place both jars in the freezer for 24 hours.
- Combine the CBD flower and Everclear and shake vigorously. Return the jar to the freezer.
- After 5 minutes or so, remove the jar from the freezer and shake again. Return to freezer. Do this 3 times.
- Strain the hemp material out using a cheesecloth and a strainer.
- Pour into dropper bottles. And voila! You have thousands of mgs of CBD tincture to put to good use!