The benefits of and how to make weed cough drops

Published Nov 4, 2022 09:00 a.m. ET
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These homemade lemon, ginger, elderberry, and weed cough drops are a great tool to have on hand for cold and flu season. Of course, many of us have come to rely upon fast, convenient, and easy store-bought varieties, such as Halls, but these ones taste amazing, and it’s also reasonable to argue they might be better for you too.

The benefits of using weed cough drops

With only natural ingredients and flavours, and no harmful additions that might force you to limit yourself in how many you take each day, it’s all soothing, relaxing, and tasty vibes with these cough drops. Thanks to the added bonus of cannabinoids, you can now medicate more efficiently, catch a bit of a buzz, and harness the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities provided by terpenes, THC, and CBD.

The other great thing about these homemade cough drops is that the flavour can be adjusted to suit your palette, by swapping out elderberry juice for other complementary alternatives, and if you’re not a fan of THC, then you can always go for CBD honey instead. Curate personalized relief, sleep better, breathe better, and get some relief from an itchy or painful throat, without spending a fortune to do it.

Homemade cough drops recipe

To get started, you’ll need ½ cup of cannabis-infused honey, a product that isn’t always available through local dispensaries. Luckily, we’ve got your back with a handy guide that will take you through the steps of how to make your own at home. If you want perfectly uniform cough drops, then you might also want to ensure you have a mould on hand, but with a bit of practice, it’s not difficult to chive perfectly uniform discs that look just like pre-made varieties.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Calories: 17 per drop

Servings: 35 drops


  • ½ cup cannabis-infused honey
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 tablespoons elderberry juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh ginger (grated)


  • Wooden spoon
  • Medium saucepan
  • Candy thermometer
  • Teaspoon
  • Silicone baking mat


  1. Combine all of the ingredients using a wooden spoon in a saucepan over medium to low heat.

  2. Keep stirring and allow the candy mixture to cook until all of the moisture has evaporated and it reaches 310°F while keeping a close eye on the pan to avoid scalding which could ruin the taste of your drops. If at any point the liquid begins to foam, carefully remove the saucepan from the burner until the bubbling subsides.

  3. Once the mixture reaches the required temperature, it might be hard to know if the water had all evaporated. Luckily this is easy to check by dropping a single teaspoon of concoction into a bowl of cold water. If it hardens, then you know it’s ready to set.

  4. When you’re certain the candy is ready, it’s time to sprinkle a silicone mat with icing sugar.

  5. Drop the liquid by the teaspoonful onto the silicone mat, leaving room for them to spread out a bit.

  6. Coat the tops of the cough drops with another layer of icing sugar, and then leave them to harden at room temperature for 30 minutes before trying one.

Storage Tips

Due to a lack of preservatives, we do recommend storing your weed cough drops in the fridge to keep them fresh for up to 2 weeks. However, they can sit out at room temperature for 4 days without issue, as long as they’re stored somewhere that isn’t too warm to avoid melting.

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