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.

fast cannabis tincture recipe

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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15 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

  • Reply
    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!

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