DIY cannabis-infused throat lozenges are a great way to feel better when you just can’t. There is currently a profound concern regarding the spread of illnesses and the subsequent physical symptoms associated with it. As such, we thought it’d be a good time to offer a quick tutorial about infusing cough drops with cannabis to help prepare yourself and those around you for the next bout of the crummies.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Cough Drops
Making your own cannabis-infused is easy, albeit a bit time-consuming. First, gather the following ingredients and supplies:
- 1 Cup herbal infused water
- 1 Cup Sugar + 2 Tablespoons for tossing
- ½ Cup Honey
- Lemon Juice
- 1 Gram Cannabis Distillate
- Small pot
- Candy Thermometer
- Spoon for Stirring
- Candy Molds
- Baggie for Tossing/Storage
Begin by combining all ingredients in your small saucepan. I used lemon, camomile, and vanilla tea for my one-cup of infused water, but you can use any herbs or teas that might be beneficial or flavorful. I also suggest soaking the distillate syringe in a warm water bath before adding it to your mixture to help loosen it up and make it easier to manage.
Simmer the DIY cannabis-infused throat lozenges mixture over low heat for around an hour or until the mixture reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit, or the “hard crack” stage. To test this without a thermometer, simply drop a bit of the mixture into some cold water. If it immediately hardens, you’ve reached the hard crack stage of candy-cooking.
Remove from the heat source at 300 degrees. It is important not to let the candy mixture cook beyond this point to avoid burning up any valuable cannabinoids. According to Steep Hill, THC boils at 315 degrees Fahrenheit while CBD boils at just over 350 degrees. Check out their website for a more detailed explanation of cannabinoid boiling points.
After removing the candy mixture, pour into silicone candy molds and leave to harden overnight. Remove the hardened lozenges and toss in granulated sugar to keep them from sticking together.
Calculating the Dose of Each Cough Drop
Calculate the dose of each piece by dividing the total number of cannabinoids by the final number of lozenges you made. Determine how many milligrams of cannabinoids are in the one gram of distillate by multiplying 1000mg (one gram) by the distillate’s cannabinoid percentage. For example, let’s imagine that one gram of distillate contains 75.5 percent cannabinoids. Using the above formula, you know that your total batch of lozenges equals 775 milligrams. If we made 45 cough drops, each one would contain roughly 17 milligrams of cannabinoids (775 / 45 = 17.22mg each).
Ways to Use Your DIY Cannabis-Infused Throat Lozenges
When you make infused throat lozenges, you are making edibles designed for sublingual absorption. As such, these cough drops more potent than edibles that must be ingested. By bypassing the whole metabolic process, sublingual cannabis absorption is a faster, more efficient method of oral cannabinoid consumption. Use caution when consuming these edibles and advise others to do the same.
Having said that, these cannabis-infused lozenges are great to have on-hand should illness occur. Plus, they make an excellent addition to care packages for friends and family who become ill. They offer a quick way to find relief from aches and pains, promote appetite, and induce sleep – all of which are important on the road to recovery.
Final Thoughts about Cannabis-Infused Throat Lozenges
Home Made cough drops are easy to make. Infusing them with cannabis requires only one additional ingredient: cannabis distillate. Today, we discussed an easy way to make throat lozenges with distillate using a few simple ingredients. Feel free to add or modify the recipe as you see fit, or just use whatever you have in your cabinets.
Have you tried to make your own marijuana cough drops? Tell us about your process and your experience. Also, drop a few care package ideas for our readers in the comments below.
Health and happiness!