For generations, elixirs have come in the form of syrup that goes down easily and can alleviate symptoms like pain, a powerful high, and maybe both. As with THC-infused syrups, when it comes to the use of whole marijuana instead of cannabis oil, there is a lot to take in because not all products are created equal.
THC syrup is not ‘lean’
Call it by its many names — including poplin, purple drank, lean, dirty sprite, and sizzurp — but Codeine and promethazine have been popular for the past 20 years in the United States.
Drinking the “drank” (in a styrofoam cup of Sprite and Jolly Ranchers) creates a powerfully intoxicating, euphoric effect that slows downtime and makes anybody who drinks it feel as though they’re leaning sideways. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has cited it as a cause of death for some musicians in hip hop, and it is the bass-heavy sound that can be heard at shows. THC syrup is nothing on that same level of intoxication — or danger. It does not contain any opiates whatsoever, but some caution should be exercised (like any edible, you’ll want to start slow, with a small dose the first time.) It also is not related to THC lean, which is just codeine and promethazine syrup infused with THC.
THC syrup could be mistaken for cannabis simple syrup, which is made by infusing the simple syrup with weed. THC simple syrup is a great way to spice up an iced coffee or add a little kick to cocktails. We’ll save the recipe for another article but it doesn’t take much time and will make sure you can add that sweet spot with THC without feeling too fuzzy on your feet.
Glycerin extraction is the process of making this liquid marijuana (not to be confused with a cocktail) by infusing cannabis concentrate or oil and adding sugar or other sweeteners during preparation. Recipes abound on the internet for THC syrup, and many of them vow to create a syrup that mimics the viscosity and sugary sweetness of cough syrups, just without that medicinal flavor. It can also be purchased at dispensaries in legalized cannabis jurisdictions, though it can be costly and hard to find.
If you haven’t added any antihistamines or other medications to the mix (which you shouldn’t), don’t expect medicinal effects like that.
What can you use THC syrup for?
When seeking the experience of syrup, it may seem unnecessary to already have all of these packets within reach.
It’s a popular misconception that because THC syrup has the same effects as marijuana edibles, it is processed by the body just as quickly. While a hash brownie or THC gummy will take over an hour to kick in, for those that are impatient, the internet is riddled with people swearing you can feel the effects of liquid THC within about 30 minutes.
How THC syrup is different than smoking
Edibles are popular for a variety of reasons, but they produce a high that is much different than that from smoking or vaping. When cannabis is smoked, the THC enters the bloodstream almost immediately, producing a very rapid onset of the high. The digestive tract must first metabolize THC, turning it into 11-hydroxy-THC before the high is felt. This is one of the reasons that edibles produce a different high than smoking.
THC syrup can be mixed into a soft drink to create a cannabis beverage because the consistency is different than THC. Cannabis beverages involve mixing THC directly into beverages (like fruit juices or sodas). And while the technology has improved in recent years, it can still be hit or miss. It has also been compared to spoiled milk because sometimes chunks appear in the beverage.
Cannabis beverages often have a long onset time like standard edibles. But these are improving as the industry invests more money and research into producing rapid-onset beverage options.
- 3 glasses Light Corn Syrup
- 1 ounce finely ground cannabis
- Tupperware holder with cover
- elastic band (one that will extend around the edge of your Tupperware)
- Pour the Light Corn Syrup in the pan or stewing pot and set on low/medium warmth.
- Let the syrup warm up until it is hot however ensure it doesn’t bubble.
- Add your finely ground cannabis to the hot syrup.
- Blend the cannabis often as it douses for no less than 4 hours. Try not to give it a chance to bubble.
- Set up your Tupperware holder by taking 2 sheets of the cheesecloth and securing it over the cover of the dish utilizing the elastic band. Turn heat off and let blend cool down somewhat.
- Pour the cannabis corn syrup blend gradually over the highest point of the cheesecloth and into the holder. Rehash this progression as important to strain the greater part of the plant from the syrup.
- Permit syrup to cool. Store the Cannabis Corn Syrup in an impenetrable holder and keep it in a cool spot.