Ice Dragon: Cannabis Freezer Tincture Recipe (No Heat)

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What if you're too busy to nurse a crockpot, can't find the plug to your Magical Butter MB2 (like me last weekend), and don't feel like waiting several weeks to long steep a tincture?

The answer? The Ice Dragon Tincture Recipe.

Today’s tincture post is written by Fiona (Corinne's assistant) after getting my hands on a copy of Dazed + Infused from the Cannabis Coaching Institute training program. (Yes, I'm finally going for my cannabis coach certification this year because after two years at Wake + Bake, it's about dayum time.)

As a single mom of two lively little boys, I love recipes that are

  1. easy to make
  2. quick to finish, and
  3. don't make me feel anxious about making something explode in my kitchen

The Ice Dragon Tincture checks all of those boxes. All you need is…

✅ A Mason Jar (I used a plastic lid, not the metal ones)
✅ Decarbed cannabis (Did it right in my Nova)
✅ Enough 40 ABV or 80 proof alcohol to cover the cannabis.
✅ Room in the back of your freezer.

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Always decarb tinctures before making them… At Wake + Bake, we always use the nova to get the most out of our plant material. (click on the photo to learn more about decarboxylation)

Why use the freezer method over the heat method to make a tincture

I originally started recommending the Ice Dragon Tincture to people who have expressed feeling anxious or paranoid when smoking weed and too terrified of setting something on fire when heating alcohol.

As someone who is clinically diagnosed with schizoaffective bipolar disorder, paranoia is definitely something I've struggled to cope with.

When it comes to cannabis, it's a double-edged sword. For me, a high-THC, low-CBD strain can send me spiraling to a place where I think I'm being chased by elephants, yet the right microdose can stabilize my moods so well I no longer use prescription medication (with my doctor's approval!)

That being said, I get paranoia. It doesn't matter how many experts or science journals say that low heat won't cause alcohol to set on fire in your kitchen – if using heat with your tinctures makes you feel stressed, this method might be worth trying out.

Customizing your tincture for your personal goals

After my first three weeks of Cannabis Coaching Institute, I learned some interesting things about healing with cannabis (go easy on me, cannabis experts, I'm still learning!):

  • If you dumped a bunch of weed into your alcohol and I dumped a bunch of weed into my alcohol, following the same exact recipe, you and I can still get wildly different results.
  • It's not even about sativa vs. indica vs. hybrids. The percentage of THC and CBD in the plant must be considered. The different terpenes (which give specific strains their “flavor” and helps shape the effect) will change the end result.

Knowing this can be so frustrating because tinctures aren't predictable the way popping a Tylenol might be, but you can experiment with different strains, cannabinoids, and dosages to completely customize your experience.

Now that's freakin' dope.

I'd love to write more about the different compounds I learned in Cannabis Coaching Institute to help you shape your fully customized experience, but we'd be here for a while and we all know that food bloggers can get long-winded.

How to use the Ice Dragon tincture

There are two primary ways you can use your tincture:

  • Sublingually (under the tongue)
  • In edibles (swallowed)

Sublingual application is definitely faster. You'll feel the effects within 15-20 minutes and those effects will peak in 60-90 minutes. If you use strong proof alcohol, you can burn the tissue under your tongue so be aware of that.

Swallowing tinctures will take longer for you to feel the effects, at 30-60 minutes. It will peak in 2-3 hours. It's not as the-room-is-spinning dramatic as fat-based edibles might be. These are perfect for putting in your coffee, ice cubes, and gummies.

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The Ice Dragon Tincture Recipe

You will need:

  • Two mason jars with a plastic lids
  • Decarboxylated cannabis (THC, CBD, CBG or whatever ratio you choose)
  • Enough 80 proof+ alcohol to cover your cannabis*
  • Room in the back of your freezer

* If you vape, you can also use your AVB (already vaped bud) in this recipe, too!

Instructions:

  1. Head over to the THC/CBD calculator and enter your numbers. Keep a record of these numbers so you're aware of how much you're taking per dose.
  2. Place the decarbed cannabis and alcohol in the freezer SEPERATELY. Allowing them to get really cold is said to help the trichomes (which produce the effects you're looking for) break off without the chlorophyll seeping into your tincture (which can be hard on your palate).
  3. Wait 60 minutes.
  4. Place the frozen cannabis into your mason jar.
  5. Pour in enough very cold alcohol to cover your plant material completely.
  6. Put the lid on the mason jar and shake vigorously for several minutes.
  7. Place in the coldest part of your freezer (usually the back).
  8. Shake again every 3-5 hours and place back in the freezer.

The tincture will be ready to use in as soon as a day, though I found it to be more potent after several days. You can leave the tincture in the freezer for a couple of weeks, if you'd like.

When the tincture has reached the desired potency, strain out the plant material and pour the tincture into dark glass dropper bottles.

You can store this tincture in the fridge for up to 6 months.

This recipe was originally published in Dazed + Infused by Corinne Tobias

Final Notes on Ice Dragon Tincture

This is one of the, in my opinion, easier tinctures to make, especially when introducing other people to different methods of ingestion. It's now my go-to whenever someone is trying to move away from smoking or wants to try cannabis for the first time. You can also infuse other herbs into this tincture if you'd like something more calming or energizing (yay terpenes).

And for my fellow friends who deal with fire-based paranoia or fears, I hope this recipe is something that can give you an alternative to other methods of crafting tinctures.

Let me know how your Ice Dragon tincture turns out in the comments below or in the Wake and Bake Facebook group.

Ice Dragon No Heat Cannabis Tincture

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Serves: 30 Cooking Time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • Two mason jars with a plastic lids
  • Decarboxylated cannabis (THC, CBD, CBG or whatever ratio you choose)
  • Enough 80 proof+ alcohol to cover your cannabis*
  • Room in the back of your freezer

Instructions

1

Head over to the THC/CBD calculator and enter your numbers. Keep a record of these numbers so you're aware of how much you're taking per dose.

2

Place the decarbed cannabis and alcohol in the freezer SEPERATELY. Allowing them to get really cold is said to help the trichomes (which produce the effects you're looking for) break off without the chlorophyll seeping into your tincture (which can be hard on your palate).

3

Wait 60 minutes.

4

Place the frozen cannabis into your mason jar.

5

Pour in enough very cold alcohol to cover your plant material completely.

6

Put the lid on the mason jar and shake vigorously for several minutes.

7

Place in the coldest part of your freezer (usually the back).

8

Shake again every 3-5 hours and place back in the freezer.

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Beau
    March 1, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    So basically you performed a basic QWET. I recommend you use Everclear and then purge the alcohol off so you’re left with a very clean product that can then be combined with a carrier.

    • Reply
      Corinne
      March 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      Exactly! You can purge some or all of the alcohol off if you’d like, or you can keep it as is and use as an alcohol based tincture. Player’s choice!

  • Reply
    Gigi
    March 1, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Mmmm … I’m not a big drinker, but this recipe sounds interesting (and easy.) I have some Patron Cafe XO that’s been in the back of my freezer for a long, long time. (Did I mention I’m not a drinker?) It’s only 70%, but how bad could it be? Esp. since I’ll use the leftover herb in some kind of bake goodie…like a brownie or a blondie? Fiona or Corinne… is this not a good idea?

    • Reply
      Fiona (Corinne's Assistant)
      March 2, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      I don’t drink at all but I had some AVB I didn’t want to waste and I figured if I’m going to be recommending tinctures to people I might as well try it. I add this to my tea/coffee and it doesn’t rise to the top and leave a weird oily film on my teeth like a fat based infusion would. I’m going to try the gummy recipe here too – Fiona

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    Glenn
    March 2, 2020 at 2:29 am

    I have used the method from this article with 5 minute infusions and as long as three days. The short infusion draws in far less Chlorophyll or what I call the “ick”, a taste I do not enjoy but, was less potent than longer infusions. In an attempt to draw less ick into the longer infusions I added table salt, I had read it is used in DNA extraction and decided to give it a try. I added a teaspoon of salt to a cup of Alcool and then the decarbed cannabis and proceeded as described in the article for three days along with a control version with no salt added. Due to the polarity of the alcohol not much salt dissolved in the infusion and was mostly filtered out with the plant material. I didn’t get it tested for actual differences but it tasted better, was lighter in colour than the unsalted control even in photographs, more golden than green and appeared equally as potent as the more ick version. I couldn’t taste the salt either.
    Have you or any readers here ever tried this?

    • Reply
      Fiona (Corinne's Assistant)
      March 2, 2020 at 11:47 pm

      That’s interesting, Glenn. I’ll have to try this with the next batch – Fiona

  • Reply
    Bob Perkins
    March 4, 2020 at 10:06 am

    If your using the alcohol tincture subliminally how do you handle or what do you do to handle the potential burn. I’ve made tinctures in the ardent nova (don’t throw away leaf from ardent process as they suggest, makes powerful cookies just using drained leaf). Gonna try this dragon process to see which method is more potent using same weed.
    Can you make jello bites with the alcohol

    • Reply
      Corinne
      March 4, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      You can purge some or all of the alcohol off or add honey to make it more palatable or to incorporate it into recipes that don’t lend well to an alcoholic flavor.

  • Reply
    Wendy
    March 6, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    How do you purge the alcohol off?

  • Reply
    Leslie Coombs
    March 14, 2020 at 9:29 am

    I have been dabbling with this method over the past few weeks and find it quite simple. Question, how do you purge off some of the alcohol?

  • Reply
    Hendrik van der Hoven
    March 20, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Hi Corrine
    How do I purge alcohol off?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      March 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      You can heat it with the lid off, but for I haven’t done it in so long that I can’t remember how i did it. I’ll have to test it next time I make this. I’ve been playing with the extract craft and that’s a fun fancy gadget, but it puts a real dent in the pocket. I’ll keep you posted!

      xoxo,
      Corinne

  • Reply
    Sana
    March 22, 2020 at 11:53 am

    1. Is the plastic lid necessary?
    2. What would a longer infuse time do? Like if I only strained out what I needed as I used it and it continued to soak for months?
    3. Did you ever end up trying the salt method mentioned by another commenter?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      March 26, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      1. Nope!
      2. I’ve done both. It doesn’t *seem* to make much of a difference, but I’d love to hear how it goes if you try it.
      3. I didn’t! I didn’t even see that… I’ll have to check it out!

      xoxo,
      CT

  • Reply
    Sana
    March 30, 2020 at 10:10 am

    I wish the potency testers were more affordable! I would love to see the comparison results, especially if it made it taste better!

  • Reply
    JKN
    April 8, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Any ideas what to do with CBD hash if you can’t smoke it from severe lung & heart problems? How do you decarboxylat hash? 😳
    I need some suggestions.

    • Reply
      Corinne
      April 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      Great question! Same way you decarb flower. You can run it through a decarboxylator like the Nova or the Flex, or you can simply decarboxylate by using a homespun method like your oven.

      Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Brendan Saffron
    April 20, 2020 at 1:18 am

    Great article. Love the website. However, I’ve been following the extract crafter advice for a while too. That’s exactly how I make my tinctures. After reading a lot of the comments here I feel like the issues with people retaining too much chlorophyll have a lot to do with short durations of only one hour in the freezer, the temp of the alcohol (takes longer than an hour to make very cold), and the ABV%. The extract crafter suggests about 24 hours in the freezer (decarbed herb separate from alc) before combining and then it only takes 10 to 20 minutes for a great wash before you can strain it. I’ve been doing this for a while with that method and getting very delicious golden dragon (not green) hemp. My herb may be high proportions of other cannabinoids but it’s still very medicating and fast delivery.

    • Reply
      Corinne
      April 20, 2020 at 7:45 am

      I just started playing with my extract craft device a couple of weeks ago. Please share every single thing you know 😂🙏

      With love,
      Corinne

  • Reply
    kim fleming
    April 24, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I had to use mason jar with metel lid I did it once before, Is this ok? jar stands up in my fridge, why does it call for plastic lid?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      June 10, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Hey Kim,
      It’s totally okay!
      Corinne just uses plastic lids sometimes because the metal ones can rust over time.

      -Maddie (Team Wake + Bake)

  • Reply
    Nelson
    May 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I am needing some assistance on the proper ratios of kief to alcohol for tincture.

  • Reply
    Nogud247
    May 14, 2020 at 12:58 am

    Can I make infused olive oil for sublingual dosing somehow with the Ice dragon

  • Reply
    JB
    May 16, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Slightly confused. It says that you need 2 mason jars but it doesn’t actually say what the second one is used for. Can you please clarify? Thanks. : )

    • Reply
      Corinne
      May 21, 2020 at 9:11 am

      You freeze the bud and the alcohol separately in the two jars. Thanks for pointing out that that wasn’t clear!

  • Reply
    kristian j pearson
    May 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    have you tried it yet? curious

    • Reply
      Geewhiz
      May 23, 2020 at 3:16 am

      Three weeks ago I made a Green Dragon tincture with a few grams of XJ-13 and about a quarter cup of Crown Royal in a jar. I just strained about an ounce of the liquid into a dropper bottle and put a couple of squirts in hot tea. Tastes great. Works. (Also, does not sting sublingually.) I replaced the raffinate, added more CR, and put the jar back in the freezer. I have 3 varieties in there. The other two were made with: Indica/Patron Cafe XO and CBG/Cuervo Gold. You don’t NEED to use Everclear….and eventually, I’ll use the liquor-saturated raffinate in baking so nothing will go to waste.

  • Reply
    Woody Joyner
    June 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Just made my second batch of Ice Dragon. Works very well. Great for putting in my 2 inch ice cube tray with water. 2 oz. bourbon and an infused cube, and I’m set for the evening. Will mix some of this batch with some honey for my morning coffee to go with toast and infused almond butter! Life is good!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      June 15, 2020 at 10:58 am

      Yay Woody!!

  • Reply
    Melanie Rogers
    June 26, 2020 at 3:38 am

    Hi. Should you grind the cannabis or leave in whole buds? I buy from a licensed producer and the website says it is decarbed. Do I still need to decarb at hone before making? thanks

    • Reply
      Corinne
      June 28, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      Hey Melanie!
      Maddie here (Corinne’s assistant)
      Great questions!
      Most people have success grinding the herb before making a tincture 🙂
      And if your supplier is selling/ saying the herb is already decarbed then I’m going to assume that you can just go ahead and use it.

      I hope this helps 🙂

  • Reply
    Jamie
    June 26, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Is there any time limit that I can/should leave this in the freezer? Just made two jars with a 1/2 oz of decarb and
    1 1/3 cups of Everclear in each jar. I would like to keep it in the freezer for months, and just use a little at home as needed, or put into a little brown glass dropped for travels. Any reason I should not do this? thanks!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      June 29, 2020 at 4:33 pm

      Great question, Jamie!
      I don’t see why not!

      -Maddie (Team Wake + Bake)

  • Reply
    Janet
    June 29, 2020 at 1:10 am

    I evaporate most of the everclear out then you can add or do anything you want, including oil. It will prob have

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