A homemade cough syrup recipe with cannabis

Published Mar 21, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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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


  1. 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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