Have you ever wondered how edibles manufacturers infuse candy with cannabis? Or maybe you are looking for an easy-to-make medical tincture that you can take on a daily basis. When you infuse vegetable glycerin with cannabis you get a safe method of creating a tincture that you can make lots of things with. Using tinctures are a great way to medicate with cannabis without ingesting toxic chemicals that may harm you. Check out our recipe below for making potent cannabis infused glycerin that you can use for tinctures, candies or vaporizer “e-juice” recipes.
2 ounces food-grade Vegetable Glycerin
5.5 grams of top shelf cannabis
Crockpot- This one is super handy because it is portable with a locking lid.
Sealable glass jars
Cheesecloth or handy-dandy strainer bag
Large rubber band
Before beginning, you want to make sure that you have already decarboxylated your cannabis. To do this, you will need to preheat your oven to 240° and spread your ground cannabis onto a baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes. This process “activates” the THC by removing the acid, or carboxyl group, thus converting THCA to THC. You may skip this step if you wish to avoid most of the psychotropic effects from your finished product.
Take one of your small, sealable glass jars and mix the vegetable glycerin and decarboxylated cannabis inside of it. Seal the jar then shake to mix the ingredients up as much as possible.
Next, fill your crockpot with water until it’s halfway full, then fold a small towel into the bottom of the crockpot. Place the sealed glass jar with the cannabis and glycerin mixture inside of the crockpot, but resting on top of the towel. This towel exists so your glass does not break on the crockpot, be careful!
Place the lid on your crock pot and turn it on to the lowest setting. If your crockpot is one that has a warm setting, that is perfect. Never, ever use the high setting. The low setting is okay. Let the jar sit inside the crockpot anywhere from 18-24 hours, making sure to remove the jar and shake vigorously every couple of hours. It’s okay to leave it be while you are asleep or at work.
After 18-24 hours, remove the jar from the crockpot and let it sit for 20 minutes.
Once the jar has cooled, put on your gloves and take your cheesecloth and secure it to the funnel with the rubber band. We like these funnels because they are inexpensive, made out of stainless steel and have a lip that will help in keeping the rubber band in place.
Place funnel over another clean glass jar and carefully pour your cannabis and glycerin mixture on top of the cheesecloth. Be very careful, the mixture may still be warm.
You may notice that your tincture is dark amber in color – perfect! Once strained your glycerin infusion may now be used as a tincture that you can place under your tongue (or in a drink) or it can be used to make candy! If you plan to use as a tincture then store in a dark dropper bottle with a dropper top. This will make it easy to begin self-titrating in order to get the perfect effect.