Making the Green Dragon is a lovely alternative to smoking cannabis. Tinctures retain most of the essential cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Plus, it’s easier to dose, affordable to make and gentle on the lungs.

Ingredients & Accoutrements

  • 1 Scale
  • 1 Funnel
  • 1 large Bowl
  • 4 Coffee Filters
  • 3 one quart Mason Jars
  • 1 Package of Cheesecloth
  • 1 Strainer
  • 1 Oven-safe Dish
  • 1 sheet of Aluminum Foil
  • 1 1/2 ounces of Cannabis or 6 to 8 grams of Hash
  • 1 Bottle of Vodka or any Clear Distilled Spirit (at least 40% alcohol)
  • 1 Food Processor or Coffee Grinder
  • 1 Measuring Cup with Pour Spout
  • 6 Blue or Brown Tinted Tincture Bottles with Eye Droppers
  • 1 pair of Latex Gloves


  1. Clean your cannabis, removing stems and seeds.
  2. Grind it until the consistency is even (a few seconds).
  3. Weigh it out.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees.
  5. Place the marijuana in the oven, covered with foil, to decarboxylate it or make the THC active.
  6. Set timer for 1 hour.
  7. Take it out and let it cool for a few minutes.
  8. Funnel the decarbed marijuana into a 1 quart jar.
  9. Add 2 cups of alcohol.
  10. Seal the jar tightly.
  11. Shake it well.
  12. Freeze it.
  13. Shake the jar at least 3 times a day for 7 to 14 days, depending on the proof of your alcohol (100 proof = 1 week, 40 to 80 proof = 10 days).
  14. Place the cheesecloth over the strainer, and hold it over the bowl.
  15. Wearing latex gloves, filter the contents of the mason jar into the bowl. Squeeze the balled up mixture through the cloth, pushing it against the strainer to release more liquid into the bowl.
  16. Filter it for a second time. Pour the liquid into a mason jar through a coffee filter lined funnel.  It should take half an hour to drain.
  17. Filter it a third time, using the previous step. This time, it should only take a few minutes to drain.
  18. Using the measuring cup, pour the tincture into the bottles. Be care not to fill them too full.
  19. Store in the freezer, away from flame and children.


  • Dosage: Five to ten drops under the tongue (leave it for thirty seconds).
  • It may burn ever so slightly, but the sensation will fade quickly.
  • It may take up to an hour to feel the effects.
  • You may feel a combination of euphoria combined with body highs.