THC and CBD Cough Drop Recipe
After a surprisingly rainy and cold winter season (by So Cal standards) we’re finally embracing the sunshine and warmth again, so there’s plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy every minute of the daylight. However, this time of the year tends to bring one misfortune to many people along with the seasonal transition: allergies. For some of us lucky people, we aren’t affected, but it can certainly be a nightmare for other people. If you find yourself incapacitated by the flurry of pollen, this is for you. You deserve to enjoy the great Spring air without any side effects just as much as the rest of us.
This should not come as a surprise to any of our readers, but THC and CBD both have specific properties that can target allergic reactions and quickly alleviate your symptoms. This makes cannabis-derived products an excellent choice for fighting allergies, and I recommend applying both when applicable.
Research by The Journal of Allergy and Immunology shows that CBD has been proven to reduce airway inflammation and relax muscles, so it’s perfect for any instance where your throat feels tight and you have trouble breathing. It also works well topically for skin reactions.
Other older studies in Germany have proven THC dampens immune responses to allergens. It won’t weaken your immune system, it will simply reduce the noticeable reactions that tend to be extremely uncomfortable.
If you want to avoid the THC effects then it’s still a great idea to opt for CBD itself in the following recipe. One of the perks of making these is you can just let it dissolve in your mouth if your throat/sinuses are too irritated to smoke at the moment, or you can dissolve it in tea and sip it (or make iced tea after it dissolves).
(Remember that this is not intended to replace medical advice and you should definitely contact a physician for any serious allergic reactions that may be life-threatening.)
DIY Cannabis Cough Drops
* • 1/2 cup water
* • 1 cup evaporated cane juice or granulated sugar (optional)
* • 1 peppermint teabag
* • 1 chamomile teabag
* • 4 tablespoons THC-infused honey
* • 2 tablespoons CBD oil
* • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
* • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* • 1 teaspoon bee propolis extract (optional)
* • powdered sugar or cornstarch, for coating (optional)
* • Wax paper or parchment paper (or Soy Deli Paper as a more Earth-friendly alternative)
* • Baking tray or large food-quality wooden board
1. 1. Steep peppermint and chamomile in boiling water for 10 minutes or more.
2. 2. Remove tea bags and transfer the tea to a saucepan.
3. 3. Add the THC honey
4. 4. Reduce the heat and keep it simmering, but keep it at a low heat setting to prevent burning.
5. 5. Let it cool and the consistency should be syrup-y.
6. 6. Once it’s cool but still sort of liquid, add the CBD oil, ground ginger, lemon juice, and bee propolis extract if you have it. Mix thoroughly.
7. 7. Now, set your parchment paper on your backing tray or wooden board. Lightly sprinkle the powdered sugar or cornstarch on the paper. This will prevent your cough drops from sticking.
8. 8. Use a spoon to transfer your mixture into small drops onto the parchment paper and repeat until all of the mixture is on the paper.
9. 9. Coat the tops of your cough drops with powdered sugar or cornstarch.
10. 10. To store them, you can wrap them in parchment paper and stack them so they don’t stick to each other, or cover the whole sheet with another layer of parchment paper and store the whole thing in your fridge or freezer if you have space.
11. 11. They should be pretty hard after 30-45 minutes in your fridge or freezer and then they are ready for use. Enjoy!
Check out our delicious cough drop recipe infused with THC and CBD to medicate while you suppress cold and flu symptoms.
Herbal Cannabis Cough Drops – Fight Colds and Flu Naturally
This time of year, the changing seasons most certainly bring tidings of good cheer, however it also brings sneezes, sniffles, and sore throats. Holiday season brings social gatherings, crowded shopping malls, and free-flowing cold viruses for all to share.
While we can do our best to boost our immune systems, and take precautions like washing our hands, picking up the common cold is inevitable for most of us. When it does happen, cannabis can help reduce the duration and intensity of your cold.
Cannabis for the Common Cold
The symptoms of a cold, runny nose, sore throats, etc happen because the immune system has launched an all-out war on the infecting virus causing inflammation. Controlling this inflammation is key to controlling the symptoms of a cold.
Multiple reports show the potential for cannabis is more than snake oil when it comes to treating the common cold. Besides being a natural anti-bacterial, CBD, can help control the inflammation response, as well as, stimulate the immune system to help provide protection from the virus. In fact, regular use of CBD may help boost your immune system to reduce your risk of getting a cold all-together.
THC helps to reduce pain and joint inflammation. Plus, when all your body wants to do is rest and heal, THC can help your body get all the healing sleep you need for speedy recovery. Headaches and sinus pressure can also be alleviated with cannabinoid therapy.
In addition, the other cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis also have shown incredible potential. Cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabichromene (CBC) are found in trace amounts in cannabis and in hemp, and both are known to possess antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. In fact, in a study done in Italy, all cannabinoids, THC, CBD, CBD, CBC and CBN were all shown to have potent antibacterial activity. Ahh… Science!
Other Healing Herbs
Besides just cannabis, this recipe includes other healing herbs to help combat the symptoms of your cold. While you can use whatever herbs you’d like to use in making the original tea, here are the herbs I recommend.
- Chamomile – also a natural anti-inflammatory, Chamomile has been shown to have antibacterial qualities to help fight infection.
- Elderberries – well known for their ability to fight colds, these berries may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-influenza, and anticancer properties.
- Marshmallow Root – reduces pain, swelling and congestion. In addition, it can also reduce swelling in the lymph nodes, speed up healing, and act as a cough remedy.
- Slippery Elm – one of the best natural remedies for soothing a sore throat.
Smoking, Not Required
Now, I don’t know about you, but smoking when I’m sick or have a sore throat is the furthest thing from my mind. Inhaling smoke on an already irritated throat is probably not the best approach to promote healing.
In addition, keeping the throat moist is important, so these delicious cannabis honey lozenges help with saliva production, too.
Herbal Cannabis Cough Drops
Combining throat soothing herbs with that other soothing herb makes a potent herbal cold remedy. This recipe begins by making a strong tea out of whatever herbs you’d like to use. Then reduce the tea to create an herbal concentrate. You’ll likely have some herbal concentrate left over after making these lozenges. You can mix it with honey tincture or plain honey to make a comforting cough syrup, too.
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine:
- 1 Tablespoons Chamomile
- 2 Tablespoons Elderberries
- 1 Tablespoons Marshmallow Root
- 1 Tablespoon Slippery Elm
2. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over herbs and stir. Cover the bowl with a plate and steep for at least 20 minutes. Strain herbs.
3. Pour the resulting tea into a small saucepan on medium high heat. Reduce by at least half to make an herbal concentrate. Pour into a jar.
4. In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat combine:
- 1/2 Cup Infused Honey
- 1/4 Cup Infused Herbal Concentrate
5. Place a candy thermometer into the saucepan and wait until your lozenge mixture reaches the “hard crack” stage (If you’re at sea level, this is probably right at 300°. At 6000 feet, hard crack stage is around 280°. Calibrate your thermometer using the boiling water method and adjust the temperature as needed.)
6. Quickly pour into molds. I like these for lozenges.
7. Allow to cool at room temperature.
8. These will stick together if not coated. Toss with either 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar or 1 Tablespoon CALM Calcium Magnesium powder to skip the extra sugar and get some bioavailable magnesium.
These little gems are delicious, great for your immune system, and will provide comfort when your throat is screaming for relief.
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A DIY way to combat the combat the common cold with cannabis.