The sun is shining, pollen is in abundance, and bees are busy working as we quickly approach honey-harvesting season. If you are a honey-lover, you’ve most likely heard of the new kid on the block that is making waves in the wellness industry. Meet CBD honey. So what is all the buzz about?
After learning about the benefits of CBD honey, you might want to clean out your pantry and make some room for this nutritious product. It not only boosts your immune system, but it also provides a broad spectrum of restorative properties offered by cannabidiol (CBD). Here are four facts about CBD honey and why you need it now.
What Is CBD Honey?
As most of us know, natural honey is full of antioxidants. It provides our bodies with many beneficial enzymes and nutrients and acts as a substitute for refined or fake sugars. As we continue to learn more about the powers of CBD, it’s no surprise honey producers are infusing it into their products.
If you haven’t heard of CBD before, it is one of the hottest trending products in the health industry. This is because CBD helps improve and balance our internal regulatory system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is comprised of many receptors throughout the body that are activated by cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. This is why both of these organic compounds have such a profound effect on the body.
Unlike its counterpart THC, CBD won’t give you a head change. Instead, it heals your body by providing therapeutic benefits that can range from helping with inflammation, depression, arthritis, anxiety, and more. This nonpsychoactive cannabinoid is derived from hemp or cannabis. Because cannabis is still federally illegal, many CBD honey producers across the nation are working with hemp. Hemp-derived CBD can be easily combined with many different substances and has zero negative side effects. Because of its accessibility and medicinal properties, it is a perfect addition to nourishing honey.
Taking cues from ancient Ayurvedic tradition, honey is also considered a prime vehicle to deliver herbal medicine because it is one of the most easily digested forms of carbohydrates. Honey enters directly into the bloodstream, providing almost instantaneous effects. When combined with CBD, honey is the optimal partner to transport the many health-giving benefits that help balance the body. This is why we are seeing a surge of CBD honey products enter the market.
How to Create Cannabis-Infused Honey
The first step is to decarboxylate your marijuana to transform the THCA into THC. If you fail to complete this process, all you’re doing is adding plant matter to the honey and you’re unlikely to experience much of a high.
- Firstly, preheat your oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and place your herb on a baking sheet in a thin layer. It is best to keep the temperature fairly low to preserve as many cannabinoids and terpenes as possible. (Once you get into the 320+ degree range, a fair percentage of weed’s amazing compounds begin to vaporize).
- Bake the marijuana for at least 40 minutes; some users ‘cook’ their weed for up to an hour at this low temperature. Make sure you stir the cannabis and rotate the sheet a few times during the process, or else it won’t cook evenly.
- Once the precious weed is “decarbed” and ready for action, you can add it to your honey.
Materials You Will Need to Make Cannabis Honey:
- Baking Pan: You’ll need this to decarboxylate the weed.
- Cannabis: Ideally, you’ll have at least half an ounce of decarbed weed ready. The more you use, the stronger your honey will be.
- Crockpot: While you can use any crockpot, make sure it is large enough for the glass jar you use. The process takes several hours, so it doesn’t pay to risk a crappy crockpot!
- Cheesecloth: This simple piece of equipment is vital because it holds your decarbed weed. It also helps the honey to saturate and take in the precious cannabinoids.
- Glass Jar: Choose a durable, airtight jar. Clean and dry it thoroughly before using it.
- Honey: The amount you use is entirely up to you. Most canna honey experts believe two cups is enough if using half an ounce of marijuana. However, you can choose a different amount to change the potency.
- Piece of String: Pick strong string made from natural fibers because you’ll use it while slow cooking the product. If you use an old piece of string, you’re adding a slew of unknown ingredients.
- Parchment Paper: Essential if you want to avoid the irritation of weed sticking to the baking pan!
Cannabis Honey: The Recipe
Follow this step-by-step guide for easy DIY cannabis honey. Make sure your marijuana is decarboxylated before proceeding.
Place the weed into the cheesecloth and tie it with the piece of string.
- Add the cloth to the glass jar, and insert the honey.
- Put the jar into the crockpot with a cloth between the pot and the bottom of the jar.
- Fill the pot until the jar is 75% submerged in water and set it to a temperature of around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Allow the honey to cook for approximately eight hours and give the jar a slight shake every couple of hours to make sure the pressure inside doesn’t build up. Never allow the mixture to come to a full boil.
- Carefully remove the jar from the pot, take away the cheesecloth, and strain the weed trapped in the cloth. Be wary because your jar will be incredibly hot.
One of the many great things about your cannabis honey concoction is its long shelf life. It will last up to several years as long as you store it in an airtight container. Ideally, you will keep the jar of honey in a room away from direct sunlight at a temperature of between 50 and 70 degrees.
Tips for dosing cannabis infusions
The potency of your infusions depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked to the potency of your starting material. To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ or ½ teaspoon on a snack and see how that dose affects you after an hour. Decrease or increase dose as desired. You can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes.
How Is It Used?
In addition to adding CBD honey to tea, you can also eat it with a spoon, combine it with your favorite recipe, or add it to your next cheese and charcuterie platter. Since CBD is nonpsychoactive, you don’t need to worry about eating too much, but typically one tablespoon is a sufficient serving, depending on the brand. Also, remember that honey is a healthy substitute for sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, CBD honey is a perfect cure that won’t leave you with a sugar hangover.
Where Can I Find It?
Believe it or not, four out of five honey products sold are actually fake. Stay clear of brands that add dangerous chemical additives and substitute sugars that can have adverse effects on the body. It’s important to buy the real deal, so here are a few trusted CBD honey brands that you can count on.
HoneyPot Hemp Honey
HoneyPot is one of the best products out there. Each delicious tablespoon of its raw wildflower honey is balanced with nonpsychoactive hemp bottled at its hives in Hayward, CA. Founders Felicity Chen and Christine Yi have worked hard to perfect their CBD extraction process, teaming up with a group of local partners who only produce small batches. The hemp is CO2 extracted to ensure the highest purity grade that blends perfectly with its premium honey. Recently launching its new hemp-derived honey, one tablespoon of HoneyPot Hemp equals 10 milligrams of CBD.
Luce Farms Vermont Hemp Honey
Based in Vermont, Luce Farms produces a beautiful CBD-infused hemp honey that is a perfect natural sweetener for morning tea or coffee . . . and equally perfect to eat right off the spoon. Luce blends high-quality, full-spectrum CBD extract made from its very own hemp plants. Mixed with certified organic coconut oil and raw Vermont honey, one teaspoon contains 10 milligrams of CBD.