Cannabis and CBD Tincture Concentrates: Cleaner, Easier & Stronger With the Source Turbo

Cannabis and CBD tinctures are highly effective, easy to dose, convenient to carry, and have a long shelf-life.  A tincture is essentially “A solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent” as defined by Merriam-Webster.  Throughout history tinctures were a preferred delivery system of medications, and tinctures were considered medicine for the majority of modern history.  Cannabis and CBD tinctures should be re-examined for the obvious and undeniable benefits.  Taking the traditional tincture one step further, making it more condensed and potent, it can be further reduced at low temperatures in the Source Turbo by ExtractCraft ( to create a Cannabis Tincture Concentrate.


Tinctures are highly effective because alcohol ushers the commingled oil components like THC and CBD directly into the bloodstream when administered sublingually, meaning putting a few drops under the tongue and holding for as long as you can.  Unfortunately, the alcohol in the tincture will burn under the tongue, but watching each other’s faces while it burns can be very entertaining.  If the sublingual application or ingesting as is doesn’t agree with you a tincture can be added to tea or water for easy drinking.  Using a dropper to measure only a couple drops or up to a full dropper makes measuring dosage very easy, accurate, and repeatable.  Good control and understanding of how much you’re using every time limits waste of your precious concoctions and eliminates unintended overindulgence.  It’s also much easier than trying to make a brownie and other edibles to exact measure and effect every time.  In addition to the ease and accuracy of dosing it’s also nice when you can administer your meds discreetly with no smell, odor or otherwise outwardly distinguishing signs that you are medicating.  Not having to deal with smoking accessories, or haul around edibles that will get smashed or turn to a crumbled mess is very liberating.  Not only is dosing and use easy and convenient, the shelf-life of a tincture reaches into years and years and years category or storage.  If stored in an air tight, dark glass container in a dark cool place it will last almost forever.

Cannabis tinctures fill a void between smoking, vaping and edibles.  Uptake with an alcohol based tincture administered sublingually can be as quick as 30-seconds with full effect maturation in 15-minutes.  The effects last longer than smoking but are considerably shorter than with edibles, and to my experience are more sublime and smooth than either.  Like with edibles, there is no combustion or vaporization and the inefficiency of the lungs is bypassed, so the tincture is packed with and delivers every single piece of goodness the cannabis plant has to offer.


The old school way of making tinctures was to simply infuse alcohol buy allowing cannabis to soak for a long period, strain the infused liquid out, and that’s your tincture.  To achieve meaningful decarboxylation (decarb) naturally the tincture must set for several months in a dark place before it’s potent enough to have an effect.  The traditional tincture made with natural decarb is often referred to as ‘Green Dragon’.  A more recent adaptation where the cannabis is decarbed in a timed process of applying heat prior to the introduction of alcohol, combining the alcohol and cannabis for a short period, then straining the infused liquid out is referred to as ‘Gold Dragon’.  My modern version of these traditional tinctures is a tincture concentrate that is cleaner, more potent, and much faster to craft.

These are light versions of Green Dragon and Gold Dragon. The Green Dragon would darken considerably if left to set for the prescribed amount of time


I use the Source Turbo by ExtractCraft to expedite the condensing process, increase potency, reclaim evaporated ethanol, and make a tincture concentrate.  Similar to the Gold Dragon method I decarb the cannabis first at 240F for between 30min-1hr depending on if it’s keif or bud and the moisture content.  Next, I put the decarbed cannabis and 95% food-grade ethanol in the freezer separately for 24-hours.  Freezing the cannabis and ethanol isn’t completely necessary but without doing so the alcohol will pick up substantially more of the unappealing green leak made up of chlorophyll and unnecessary plant matter.  If using nugs loosely break them up just enough for the alcohol to work its way between, around and through all the nooks and crannies of the material, but do NOT grind.  Breaking up cannabis too much will lead to more green without any real benefit.  Beginning with frozen materials creates a much more beautiful cannabis flower aroma and flavor compared to the thick green plant option, and I really like the flower aroma!

For the extraction the frozen cannabis and ethanol need to be combined, kept frozen, and occasionally agitated gently for 20-30 minutes.  For a deep FECO full plant extract soak overnight for the most medicinal value possible.  The longer you leave the alcohol and cannabis together the darker and more planty the tincture will become.  When the desired color or time period has been achieved strain off the alcohol solution and filter until no particles remain.  Viola, an old school tincture.


This is where I take it to the next level with the Source Turbo and turn the tincture into a tincture concentrate.  I put the tincture in the machine and reduce it down to about 1/5th to 1/10th of the starting volume, depending on your concentration preference, where it’s still an alcohol tincture consistency.  The reduction in the unit happens at low temperatures of around 100F keeping the terpenes as strong as possible and enhancing the entourage effect to maximum capacity.  This process results in a very potent tincture, containing substantially less alcohol, and a slightly reduced sublingual burning sensation.  Almost as good, I reclaim a bunch of alcohol to reuse and make the next batch.


Finally, if you don’t want alcohol in the tincture you can use a carrier oil to make a version of a traditional tincture concentrate that metabolizes more like an edible.  To do this you simply have to reduce your concentrate down as far as you can in the Source Turbo but still in liquid form.  Take the concentrate reduction and combine it with the carrier of your choice in a ratio that suits your ideal potency concentration.  The more carrier oil you use the more diluted your tincture will be.  To estimate you will need to know the approximate yield for the cannabis in your concentrate.  Every gram of cannabis oil in the concentrate you make will be around 750mg-850mg so you can use this approximation in relation to the volume of carrier oil you add to know the dosage.

Make sure the carrier you choose can tolerate the heat required to bind in the next step and note the expiration date of the carrier oil itself.  That expiration date will serve as the expiration date of your tincture.  Lastly, put the mixture on a hot plate, in an appropriate and safe open container, away from any flame or source of ignition (there’s not much alcohol left in the tincture but there’s still some and it’s flammable), and slowly bring the heat up to the boiling point of alcohol.  The alcohol may boil out quiet actively so make sure there’s enough room in the container to allow for the large expansion of bubbles.  When the bubbles begin to taper off the temperature of the solution will start to rise quickly through the boiling point of ethanol and this is where you remove the tincture from the heat and allow to cool.  The quicker you get it to cool the more intact the cannabis components will be.

Boiling out ethanol

The boiling action will continue for a few minutes until the alcohol is gone then calm down again.

Ethanol bubble finished and temp rising, time to remove from heat

Even though it looks like a tincture, it’s actually an edible and it’ll digest like an edible.  It’s the non-alcoholic version of a tincture concentrate that can be consumed as is, added to drinks, or combined into food to satisfy your medicating needs.  For a finishing touch you can add any flavoring of your choosing.  Cinnamon and peppermint are a couple of the favorites but you can use anything your crafting heart desires.

Any cannabis product you consume requires a good idea of dosage to avoid waste and ensure a good experience.  Make sure to begin slowly, properly calculate your dosage, and enjoy your beautiful crafted creation.

In the end, remember that I’m a novice with no medical experience or training and encourage anyone reading this to consult with their medical professionals and educate themselves before using concentrates of any kind.  What I’m sharing is simply what I’m doing in my own house, I’m of legal age, and acting in complete accordance with local laws and regulations.  God Bless Colorado and the people making people healthy again!

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42 thoughts on “Cannabis and CBD Tincture Concentrates: Cleaner, Easier & Stronger With the Source Turbo

  1. I have a feeling that if we DID talk more about ‘political’ issues we wouldn’t have needed such a trumped up purge 🙂 oh Bernie 🙁 oops. Broke the rule. Anyway, loving my Source Turbo! Upgraded crucible hey? How is it?

      1. I have cannabis THC oil mix with safflower sublingual that I bought from the dispensary but I would like to make into a hard candy. Is it possible to make a hard candy when THC oil is mix with a carrier oil?

      2. Good question, I haven’t done it myself so I can’t promise but I have seen people discuss using medicated coconut oil to make hard candies. Maybe google recipes for hard candy and coconut oil?

  2. Great info! Could I use vg instead of oil? I’m making gummies. Typically I make a veg tincture with lethecin but am not happy with the potency but do like how the vg combines.”

  3. Will I be able to vape the end product ? Or will there still be alcohol left? How do I know the alcohol is gone

    1. By ‘alcohol free’ do you mean by never touching alcohol or concentrate purged of alcohol?

  4. Hi! I’m thinking of making a tincture concentrate in the source, reduce to just before it gets syrupy, and then add brandy. It will taste better than everclear, not as much under tongue burn. Is there any reason this won’t work?
    Thanks for answering and thanks for sharing your knowledge!

      1. I’d like to know how it goes if you have the time to update after you try it please.

      2. Unfortunate results.
        When I added the 80 proof brandy the extract and brandy separated. I put it back in the source with some everclear and ran it for a while but it stayed separated. It is kind of a mess, extract on top and bottom, cloudy in between. I’m guessing it is because of the lower proof of the brandy (water!).
        So, what to do? I might be able to salvage some of the extract, but still wanting to know how to make an alcohol tincture that is easier to ingest. Just soak the flower in brandy for a long long time?

      3. Yes, I put it back in the source with more everclear, that didn’t help. Better to get it to a higher heat?

      4. If I don’t have it in my hands it’s hard to say. I would guess you will just have to experiment with it.

  5. This is far and away one of the best articles I have read on tinctures and concentrates. The Source Turbo seems like a no brainer as a future cooking product to purchase.

    Before then, I have a logistics question:

    Would it still be possible to create a concentrate of tincture by heating it in a stainless steel pot at a set (appropriate) temperature to reduce the volume of alcohol? Am I whiffing here?

    Thank you!

  6. What percentage of THC was in your cannabis when doing the calculation to 1g = 750-800mg THC?Is there a flower weight to alcohol weight calculation that you know of?

      1. I’m trying to figure this out as well… Like if I have 28g tested at 23.3% what should my yeild be; like… ? It isn’t difficult math but for some reason I’m missing a step that I’m not finding anywhere

      2. It depends on a ton of things including what you make and how well you execute the extraction. I could get down into specific calculations here but lets keep it general and simple. You have 28g and you are making either a clean smoke or a deep FECO like extraction. Clean smoke will be around probably be around 18% return if that flower is actually that strong (most is not and usually highly over estimated) while FECO will probably be around 22% or so.

  7. 22% of what exactly? The thc mg in the total 28g, or 22% of the 23.3% it was tested, or something else I’m missing?

    1. Yield is always spoken about in terms of the starting material weight compared to the total extracted finished product weight.

  8. Great website! I’m a scientist so I appreciate your level of detail and the scientific method. Now my question: I’ve been making old school Green Dragon where the flower sits in everclear for 2+ months, and now I see I’ve been needlessly decarbing beforehand. If I continue with this method—I’m very lazy and I’m in no rush—it sounds like I don’t have to do anything to the flower after curing (I’m in Oregon and grow my own). How long does it need to extract in everclear (dark, room T) before I can feel confident it’s all decarbed?

    1. I realize this is an older post, but I have 2 questions. 1. I thought decarbing was necessary to activate the THC? 2. Soaking the flower for longer than 20 minutes is unnecessary and only results in more chlorophyll in end product. There is so many contrasting points of view, it’s hard to know which are true and which are false.

      1. Answer to your first question would be explained very clearly in my decarb post and yes there is a ton of bad information all over the internet, especially concerning this industry. Read the different extraction post on this sight and you will have all the correct information you need to arm yourself against all the nonsense out there.

      1. sweet, and once again thank you for the mickey-t that was the game changer no more peg-400

  9. “Every gram of cannabis oil in the concentrate you make will be around 750mg-850mg”

    So when I reduce the concentrate down to where it is still in liquid form how can I know how much cannabis oil it contains in order to estimate dosage? Can I simply reduce the concentrate until it is a more solid state to weigh and then add that to the carrier oil?

    Or if I choose to make an alcohol tincture, can I reduce down to a solid state and then add more alcohol?

  10. I don’t understand potency as it relates to raw product to a concentrate, plz help me understand.

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