cannabis cough syrup

A homemade cough syrup recipe with cannabis

It’s that time of year again, and as the snow thaws, the last round of long-lasting flu, allergies, and illnesses take hold, and we often find ourselves running to the store or the doctor for some kind of relief. What most of us don’t realize is that no matter what kind of medicine you bring home, unless it’s an antibiotic, chances are pretty good that it’s not going to do much more than temporarily soothe the uncomfortable symptoms.

The problem at hand will still persist, and in many cases, it will last just as long as it would have without the store-bought aid. You are just buying a small portion of relief in the form of a manufactured product like cough syrup that’s filled with all sorts of interesting concoctions of pharmaceuticals. Now, that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad idea, but there are more holistic options out there to choose from.

If you are looking for an alternative medicine that is cheap, effective, all-natural, and good for your body, then you might want to learn how to make a homemade cough syrup from scratch. Lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect combination that includes some of the most nutritious immune system boosting vitamins and ingredients that won’t leave you feeling drowsy or impaired.

Homemade cough syrup recipe

This cough medicine is unlike most that you will find on the shelves of your local pharmacy because it isn’t full of preservatives or chemical agents that will leave you feeling even more tired than before. It’s also formulated with sensitivities in mind, and it’s versatile, so if you find that you don’t like one of the ingredients, it won’t take much work to find another more suitable option to use in its place.

This way, you will have total control over every single thing that goes into your cough medicine, and that’s something that you just won’t find in store. With this homemade cough syrup, you will finally get that relief that you’ve been seeking, without any hefty price tag, or an unnecessary trip out to the store. Just make sure that you keep the included ingredients on hand because a lack of preservatives means that a fresh batch isn’t going to last much longer than your average sickness.

  • 4 tablespoons boiling hot water
  • 2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of cannabis oil
  • Sealable glass container

Add all of the above ingredients to a sealable glass storage container, and then close the lid tight.

Vigorously shake the closed jar for one full minute to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

Be sure to shake the jar before each and every dose, to ensure an even dose of cannabinoids in every single teaspoonful.

Dosing with homemade cough medicine

Dosing with ordinary cough syrup must be a perfectly timed process. Otherwise, you risk overdosing on the medications within it. Luckily, with this homemade cough syrup, you don’t have to worry about that, so you can take it as often as you feel is necessary, but a good suggested starting point for first-time users is one teaspoon per dose.

Storage tips and information

If you’ve ever bought cough syrup, then you know that it can last for what feels like ages, as long as it is kept stored away in the fridge. That’s thanks to various preservatives that aren’t necessarily all that great for you, so we chose to avoid them in this homemade version. The best way to store this cough medicine is in a sealable glass jar or container in a cool dark place like the refrigerator.

Leaving a batch of it out on the counter might last for a few days, but the contents will be waterier and less effective. Instead, keep this cough syrup well away from damaging light that can slowly chip away at the cannabinoid content, and in the cold which will help to preserve the nature-based and wholesome ingredients inside, and it will provide a smooth, cooling sensation as it goes down, which is just more added relief for when you need it the most.

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This cough medicine is unlike most that you will find on the shelves of your local pharmacy because it isn’t full of preservatives or chemical agents.

Investigating THC Syrup: Cannabis with the Consistency of Cough Medicine

The wider availability of diverse weed strains, concentrates and vaping liquids means there’s never been more choice when it comes to getting stoned in Britain.

One of the latest is THC syrup. Essentially weed in liquid form, it has the same thickness and consistency as cough syrup and is designed to be added in spoonfuls to your lemonade, so you can get high without having to worry about omitting any suspicious smells or sharing a joint (eww… corona).

British rapper Slowthai recently showed-off a fresh order of THC Syrup on his Instagram Live, while a quick Google search shows you can order bottles to your door from legal websites in seconds. But what exactly is it? And is it safe?

What is THC syrup?

It’s a liquid form of cannabis typically made by mixing cannabis concentrate with vegetable glycerine or coconut oil and sugar. The logic is that by putting high levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, into liquid form you will get a faster and longer-lasting high than a conventional edible, partly due to the speed in which it is absorbed into your bloodstream.

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Who is using it, and why?

I first heard about THC syrup through a friend. Before long, it became something that my weed dealer was offering me. For £40, I bought a 1000mg bottle of apple-flavoured THC syrup with no real instructions other than “shake well before use”. I started adding small teaspoons of it into my cans of 7-Up Zero, and felt an immediate buzz. Not only from the enormous high, but also the idea of getting stoned in a different fashion.

Co-signs from popular emcees like Slowthai and Smokepurpp, who is launching his own THC syrup line with the political motivation to fight against America’s opioid crisis, have undoubtedly helped to raise its profile and cool.

A marketing photo from LA-based THC syrup brand, Cannavis. Photo: Cannavis.

Is it an alternative to lean?

In the US, THC syrup, despite its very different effects, has been marketed as a safer alternative to “lean” – also known as Sizzurp, Dirty Sprite and Purple Drank – which is a popular drink among the rap community, consisting of prescription-grade codeine cough syrup mixed with soda.

However, Professor Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drug Survey, says the lean connections are marketing hype. “THC syrup is just another form of edibles,” he tells me. “Saying it is a healthy alternative to lean is like saying weed is a healthy alternative to heroin. Lean is a dangerous concoction of an antihistamine in promethazine, an opioid in codeine, and often alcohol too. You can’t draw a parallel between a cannabis drink and an opioid drink, other than them being drinks that get you high. It’s all just marketing bollocks.”

David, a regular THC syrup user (he buys it from a dealer who makes it at home) and UK-based music producer, says he started taking it for health-related reasons. “It’s not bad for you like smoking is, so if you’re gonna get high then it’s a healthier, safer way to do it than using weed and tobacco,” he says.

“Me and my friends use it often and we love it. I think psychedelics and alternative weed products are having a moment in the UK, perhaps because people are experimenting indoors as parties have stopped.”

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Potentially not, according to Winstock. He says that unless THC syrup is made by a trained chemist who knows what they are doing in terms of dosing then you will get a “huge variation in the product per teaspoon”.

“The fact that it will sometimes be made with dry herb or hash and other times made from concentrate, means it’s very hard to understand how strong a teaspoon dose might be,” he says, “even a 5mg dose will get a novice very stoned.” Winstock says that UK-made versions of THC syrup will likely be done by home chefs in DIY conditions, unlike in the US, where there’s much more regulation.

The fact my bottle came with hardly any instructions, along with the experience of another THC Syrup user, aligns with Winstock’s assessment. “It is very hard to dose if you don’t have experience taking it,” says 31-year-old Steve, who tried the syrup for the first time recently. “It gets more and more intense for a long time after drinking and was too strong for me.”

For David, though, the high is more pleasant than smoking and “touches all of his body”. He adds: “I didn’t experience any negatives really, but I’d be wary that it lasts a long time so if you have stuff to do in a few hours then I’d be cautious.”

Could it become a mainstay in the UK?

THC syrup is already gaining in popularity in the UK, according to Christopher Kadar, the VP of leading LA-based THC syrup brand Cannavis, which is sold in over 500 dispensaries across the US.

“The prices of THC syrup are most times much more affordable in comparison to buying flower or hash, and in markets that have not had cannabis legalisation, consumers tend to gravitate towards products that are more discrete, convenient and affordable,” he says of THC Syrup’s appeal. Kadar says the rise of THC syrups in the UK is likely a result of their growing popularity in the US.

The company makes “luxury” weed syrups that are “99-percent THC and 99-percent cannabinoids,” in flavours like watermelon, strawberry and pineapple. But even Kadar warns: “We have a dosage bar on each bottle to help with accurate dosing, which is crucial to providing a safe experience for consumers.”

As yet, the Global Drug Survey – which mainly gets feedback from drug users in Europe – has no official data on THC syrup, although Winstock admits the survey will start asking drug users about their experiences using THC syrup this year.

A final piece of advice for people who do try this new method of imbibing cannabis? Winstock says, “If you must take it then always go low and slow, and leave at least two hours between doses.”

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