Glycerin Cannabis Tincture

This is a great recipe for a glycerin cannabis tincture. A very effective marijuana recipe which you can use as pure droplets or mix it in other dishes.

Estimated Time: 6 hours – 5 weeks
Serves: Too many to count; probably about 100 servings

glycerin cannabis tincture

Materials and Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon (64 fl oz) of U.S.P. Food Grade Glycerin
  • 84 grams (3 oz) of trimmings (or 70g/2.5oz if using quality buds)
  • An object that can finely grind your marijuana. Such as a blender or a Herb Grinder
  • A crock pot or some clear, sealed glass jars, preferably Mason Jars
  • A fine mesh strainer or a Cheese Cloth

Note: The crock pot method is recommended

Instructions: (Crock Pot Method)

  1. Set the crock pot to low. If possible, keep the crock pot on a ‘Keep Warm’ setting; some crock pots will burn the tincture even at a low setting so take warning! If you are worried, try the Clear Jar method (see below).
  2. Grind up your cannabis as finely as possible using the coffee grinder or blender.
  3. Place the glycerin and the cannabis in the crock pot.
  4. Let sit for 6 – 24 hours.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Strain with a cheesecloth (a paper coffee filter will not work!). This will be a long process because the glycerin is very slow moving and sticky. It is well worth it though!

Instructions: (Clear Jar Method)

  1. Grind up your cannabis as finely as possible using the coffee grinder or blender.
  2. Place the glycerin and the cannabis in 1 or more clear, glass jars. A well sealed cap is crucial.
  3. Place in a window or another sunny location and let it sit there for 3 to 5 weeks. Shake it each day to help release the desired cannabinoids.
  4. Strain with cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer (a paper coffee filter will not work!). This will be a long process because the glycerin is very slow moving and sticky. It is well worth it though!

Serving Suggestions:
If using the Crock Pot Method, the glycerin may be very hot at first, so BE CAREFUL! Let cool for a good 15 to 20 minutes if possible. Maybe longer.

Glycerin based cannabis tincture stores well, but not as well as alcohol based tincture. Refrigeration is recommended.

A drop or dropper full under the tongue is enough to ease pain. Test a small amount before moving on to larger doses!

Purchasing a medicine dropper bottle is recommended. These can usually be purchased in health food stores or through this website.

For more great recipes, check out Marijuana Herbal Cookbook: Recipes for Recreation and Health

18 comments… add one

  • denise March 3, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Recently I have been going holistic, due to sickness & the GMO foods…I have STE Lupus & I am tired of the modern medicine that does nothing but make more illnesses…SO off the meds.& using herbs, during my research “cannabis” has come up several times…I tried it once in high school with horrible side affects “not for medicinal use” LOL…so I was skeptical with using it…Today, I came across your site, so I am going to start off with the Glycerin Cannabis Tincture…Hoping this relieves some of my pain..Now I just have to find it :-) I know that they are contemplating on legalizing it in PA…thank you for sharing Gods herbs

  • eric November 5, 2013, 12:12 am

    Just remember that different strains are good for certain pains and illness. For most effectiveness you need to find the strains that work most efficiently for your conditions.

  • Dre February 3, 2014, 11:10 pm

    i have read both ‘leave in a sunny area’, your method and also – to leave in dark area…..any idea why? the dark method used approximately the same amount of weed to glycerin, included shaking or stirring daily, and to set for up to 60 days…..thank you for your input.

  • seattle marijuana March 20, 2013, 11:16 pm

    Having read this I believed it was rather enlightening.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this information together.
    I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading
    and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  • Mike June 7, 2013, 5:43 am

    Could you verify if the herb needs to be decarbed (pre cooked lightly in the oven) first?

  • Josh October 6, 2013, 7:44 pm

    The crock pot decarbs it during the slow heating process. Sunlight will help decarb the herb in jars, but it takes a very long time. I recommend up to 8 weeks for proper decarboxylation. Also, not all beneficial cannabinoids need to be decarbed. Some patients can’t handle the psychoactive effects of THC, but THCA can be just as beneficial.

  • jeremy August 23, 2013, 9:11 am

    I’ve read that if you want to consume the tincture orally and get buzzed you have to decarb it first. If you plan on vaping the tincture, the vaporizer decarbs it as you smoke.

  • MedicineWoman December 10, 2013, 6:42 am

    Smokeless Cannabis Remedies will fix whatever ails you. Tincture made from Organic Cannabis and Glycerin is a wonderful way to dose as it is fast acting. It doesn’t bring relief for as long as capsules made from Cannabis infused into organic coconut oil or grape seed oil, but it works much faster (within 15 minutes, usually) and capsules take an hour or a bit longer. Salve is a wonderful SCR that works INSTANTLY. It is incredible for arthritis, muscle pain, bone pain, neuropathy and the like. Just pain in general. I hope you will learn more, our website is one place that has some information –

  • robert butler January 22, 2014, 12:09 am

    Works wonderfully for discomfort. Especially toothaches!

  • Greg February 6, 2014, 9:54 pm

    Tried this the other day, good result.
    3.2 grams Sour Diesel, dried, powdered.
    Heat 1/2 fl. oz. vegetable glycerin to 375 F, stir in herb in small (1/8 tsp.) increments. Will foam up a bit.
    Stir for another 5 minutes after last herb added.
    Herb should be getting dark.
    Strain WHILE STILL HOT through 70 micron stainless steel mesh.
    Take solids from strainer, mix into another 1/2 fl. oz. glycerin at 375 F.
    Cook, repeat straining.
    Combine liquids, allow to cool; dark brown-orange milky looking product.
    MUCH thicker that pure glycerin.
    1 eyedropper is usually enough for relaxing, two is fun. Three? Don’t go to work.
    Theory sez THC ‘vapes at 370 F, catch vapors in a liquid. Seems to work!
    Liquid ‘vape!

  • Alice March 15, 2014, 7:19 am

    Can you use the strained folage, after you make the tincture, to make capsules?

  • Joshua April 6, 2014, 9:25 pm

    Is there a potency difference between crock pot method which is finished in 24hrs vs the jar and shake daily for 2 months method? SO, Will the slow warm crock pot method destroy some cannabinoids or is it just as effective as the shake daily for 2-6 weeks method?

  • Dobis April 26, 2014, 5:56 pm

    Can I use coconut glycerin to make this?

  • happydae May 22, 2014, 6:36 pm

    I don’t have a crock pot . I used a double boiler on LOW . Put 50/50 in for 3 hours shaking often . The color goes from clear – green – golden . When you get golden pull from the heat and strain . OMG ! sooo sweet & yummy ;-) I did not grind my herb and rinsed it out with some 95% everclear . I’m gonna use the glycerin for almond cookies . The flavor is so light ….YUMMM

  • Gina June 27, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. I am a woman who makes her own crust from scratch when baking a potpie; they put whatever they want in those tubes of dough even though it’s regulated, and the quality of the tube dough sucks. I like my drops, but every day a force nags at me saying you could make your own!

  • Lee July 8, 2014, 7:13 pm

    Thank you all for the great information that I’ve got here at the site. I have Epilepsy, and in my state medicial marijuana neurologist

  • Lee July 8, 2014, 8:09 pm

    Thank you for your site I’ve learned a lot and I appreciate all the input that you have given me. My issue is epilepsy. In the state that I live, Medical Marijuana is approved for use. The last visit to my neurologist, she was ok in trying the M.M, but because of her standing at one of the most famous Hospitals in the world, she couldn’t write a prescription ( no studies), all that crap.
    I was able to get a green card to legally purchase. Not asking for medical advice, but info about if anyone has had positive results… Like ( when aura begins ) should I medicate right away, during-how much, what type, I sure like the idea of making the glycerin tincture, has this worked
    with other with my condition.
    Sorry for the long winded post.
    Thank you for your time

  • Cris July 26, 2014, 4:57 pm

    started with 22gr of Sour Diesel
    1 tblspoon of lecithin
    250ml of Walgreens Afrikan glycerin and 250ml of virgin coconut oil (ran out of glycerin)
    mixed all in MB, set temp at 160F, tincture + 8hrs

    Next morning, I strained and pressed into mason jar.

    Way too sweet and slippery, would like to have a thicker finished product (maybe adding +1oz of flower)
    Tried it on an ecig with excellent results, way better than the dispensaries’ $70 Co2 extraction syringes, no “alien” taste what so ever, cleaner, longer mood enhancement.


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