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What is THC Syrup

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In the third quarter of 2020, the streets of the UK came alive with the news of THC syrup, and every other person who knew about it was using it for every other thing. Shortly after, these little bottles of wonder also started making waves in the streets of the U.S.

Today, they’re getting more popular than ever, and there are concerns that they’re being mistaken for lean (also known as sizzup or purple drank).

So, since it’s not lean, what is THC syrup then? What should you know about how to use THC syrup or how to make THC syrup? Is THC drink syrup worth the hype?

There seems to be a lot to unravel about THC syrup, and the mix-ups with lean are not helping matters, as some THC syrup manufacturers insert “lean” or “sizzup” in the name of their products, further associating THC syrup with lean, which is a dangerous blend of codeine and cough syrup – absolutely nothing like THC syrup.

Wait, What is THC Syrup?

What is THC syrup?

THC drink syrup is simply cannabis-concentrate-infused syrup. It is a form of syrup made by combining cannabis concentrate with a syrup base, typical glycerol, and coconut oil or sugar.

THC syrup has the consistency of cough syrup and can be mistaken for cough syrup when poured out. However, it tastes nothing like cough medicine.

So, why call it THC syrup if it’s made from cannabis concentrates?

When considering the question, “What is THC syrup,” it helps to remember that cannabis concentrates have THC levels as high as 95%. As a result, the syrups equally have high THC content; hence, they’re called THC syrup. Regardless, some people prefer to call it cannabis syrup.

Another thing to know is that THC syrups are undeniably sweet. They might be a delight for those with a sweet tooth, but if you’re not one for a sweet tooth or are diabetic, it might be best to avoid THC drink syrups.

Also, THC syrups come in bottles similar to cough syrup bottles. Manufacturers are encouraged to and do provide proper dosing and clear labels indicating THC content.

Since THC syrups have high THC content, they’re potent and bound to induce psychoactive effects. Therefore, they’re not to be taken like cough medicine.

Want to know how to use THC syrup? Here’s how.

How to Use THC Syrup

What is THC syrup used for? Being that THC syrup comes in liquid form and has high sugar content, it is no surprise that users apply it as a mixer or sweetener for mocktails, tea, juice, and low-alcohol cocktails.


THC-syrup-mixed mocktails are one of the most common uses of THC drink syrup. Basically, you can add THC syrup to almost any non-alcoholic beverage, and if you’re a budding mixologist looking to spice things up a bit, you can add some as a sweetener to your favorite mocktail recipe.

Use the dosing recommendations on the label or opt for micro-dosing. Some drops in your tea, juice, or mocktail could be all you need to kickstart your day or sink into a relaxing evening.

THC syrup mocktails are great for when you don’t want an alcoholic but also want a drink that gets you in the zone.

Cocktails (warn consumers about mixing weed and alcohol

Cocktail is one of the most common beverage people combine THC syrup with. But before you join the league of THC syrup cocktail drinkers, you must know that mixing alcohol and weed is a bad combo.

Alcohol enhances the effects of THC to the point where it becomes adverse. The combination also increases the risk of alcohol poisoning and other long-term effects, such as kidney and liver disease.

That said, if you must combine both, ensure the cocktail has low alcohol content.


If you yearn for a high-potency, fast action, you should consider consuming your THC syrup sublingually. Use a dropper to place a few drops of cannabis syrup under your tongue and hold it there for a few seconds.

Sublingual consumption ensures quick absorption of THC into your bloodstream via the capillaries located under your tongue.

Knowing how to use THC syrup can enhance your cannabis experience, especially if smoking or other edibles are beginning to feel like a drag for you.

You can take things a step further and learn how to make THC syrup at home. But be careful of using delta-9 THC syrup in a manner that its hard to measure the quantity. You should never pour it over your pancake like maple syrup or gulp it for quick relief.

What is THC syrup

How to Make THC Syrup on Your Own

Making your own THC syrup at home is easy. It’s as simple as boiling a sugar solution and mixing it with your cannabis concentrate of choice, then glycerin, honey, or corn syrup to thicken it.

Let’s quickly break down how to make THC syrup on your own.

First, the ingredients:

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Your cannabis concentrate of choice. Most persons prefer to use a few tablespoons of THC tinctures, and some others add decarboxylated cannabis or the dissolved or ground form of other high-THC concentrates.
  • Thickener. Usually, vegetable glycerin would do, but some people prefer to use coconut oil.

The process:

  1. Bring a cup of water to a low boil
  2. Add a cup of sugar and stir until completely dissolved, thus forming the syrup base. You can choose to use less amount of sugar, depending on how sweet you want it to be.
  3. Add your cannabis concentrate and stir the mix occasionally on very low heat for 20 – 30 minutes.
  4. Add one tablespoon of glycerin. Stir some more and bring down to cool. Your THC syrup is ready!
  5. Store in an airtight container, preferably an opaque or amber container, and keep it away from light. This will keep your THC syrup from going bad soon.

The large sugar content of THC syrup allows it to last for a long time. Still, you’re better off storing it in your fridge, away from temperature changes that could affect its potency.

How Long Does THC Syrup Take to Kick In? 

Unlike most other edibles, THC syrup acts a lot faster. Usually, you’ll start feeling the effects after about 30 minutes post-consumption. If you have low tolerance, the effects could kick in within 15 minutes.

As a general rule, wait for at least an hour before taking another dose of THC syrup. As with all cannabis products with high THC, you should be wary of consuming a little more than your body can handle.

Enhancing Your Canna-Experience (Safely) With THC Syrup 

Although making your own THC drink syrup is exciting, it is hard to determine the proper dosing for the THC syrup you make at home. Therefore, you should always start with micro-dosing and work your way up until you find your comfort dose.

It might help to talk to a marijuana doctor to determine if THC syrup is good for you before you join the trend of THC syrup users. To be safer, save your weed and cannabis concentrates and buy lab-tested THC syrup from your local dispensary using your MMJ card.

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About the author

Michael Lawal is a seasoned content writer with specialized expertise in the medical cannabis industry. With a background that blends journalism and health sciences, Michael has a knack for translating complex medical cannabis research into accessible and engaging content. His writing portfolio showcases a range of work from informative articles and research summaries to patient education materials. Committed to raising awareness about the benefits and responsible use of medical cannabis, Michael's work is a valuable resource for both consumers and professionals in the field.
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