The Buzz on Cannabis Infused Honey

Cannabis Infused Honey

There’s honey, and then there’s cannabis infused honey. The first is sweet and packed with health-boosting properties. The second is the same—only better. This article will delve deeper into the benefits of honey and share, not one, but two simple ways you can combine honey and cannabis for a delicious homemade treat.

Love the Bees

 

Bees were making honey millions of years before humans ever roamed the earth. For something to have survived the universe’s evolutionary processes for that long, it has to be pretty extraordinary. And honey does not disappoint. This sweet nectar contains a complex combination of nutrients like amino acids and minerals. It was prized by Hippocrates for its healing benefits, and today, researchers have confirmed honey’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Honey deserves a place in your medicine cabinet as well as your kitchen cupboard!

And if that isn’t impressive enough, the way honey is made, the bees’ amazing organization and their contribution to our survival are nothing short of miraculous. Let’s not forget that we owe around 30% of our food to the work of busy bees, buzzing around from flower to flower and pollinating crops. They are precious insects and deserve our respect and support.

For that reason, choose honey that is local, organic and raw. The heating process many supermarket-bought honeys go through destroys most of the beneficial nutrients, leaving it just a refined (though nice tasting) sugar. Turn away from the big store chains and support your local beekeeper (like Nicolas Trainerbees, a beekeeper who sustains bees making honey from cannabis). Commercial beekeeping practices are unsustainable and do not give bees the respect they so deserve. Buying raw, unprocessed, local honey supports both your health and the wonderful bees.

CBD or THC?

 

The healing properties of honey combined with cannabis make for a powerful combination, especially if you are using it for health purposes (and you have a medical cannabis license). To get the best out of this recipe, go for a strain that’s high in CBD

The fundamental difference between THC and CBD is that THC has psychoactive properties and will get you high while CBD has none and so won’t give you that kind of buzz. So you can enjoy a spoonful (or two) of this honey without worrying that you will experience any psychoactive effects. This is why CBD is prized by many medical users. 

Make Your Own Cannabis Infused Honey

 

Depending how much honey you want to make, you have a couple of options. The first recipe is perfect for bigger batches whereas the second is great if you want to make smaller amounts of herb- or fruit-infused CBD honey.

Option One – A Big Pot of Cannabis Infused Honey (5 lbs.)

 

Ingredients and equipment:

  • 5 lbs / 6 2/3 cup / 80 ounces raw local organic honey
  • 1-3 oz / 28-84 g cannabis – to suit your taste (roughly ground)
  • Crock pot
  • Cheesecloth
  • String

How to make:

  • Wrap the cannabis in the cheesecloth, tie with string.
  • Place it in the crockpot.
  • Add the honey over the top – it should cover the cannabis bundle.
  • Cover and cook on very low heat for 5-8 hours (the longer, the better, as your honey will have more to time infuse. Go “slow and low”: the lower the temperature, the more nutrients you’re keeping in the honey), stirring a few times an hour.
  • Turn off and let it cool.
  • Remove the bundle, and squeeze out the honey.
  • Transfer into jars.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.

Option Two – Herb (or Fruit) Infused Honey (1 lbs)

Ingredients and equipment:

  • 1 lbs / 1 1/3 cup / 10.6 oz raw local organic honey
  • 0.4-2 oz / 11-56 g cannabis – to suit your taste (roughly ground)
  • Quart jar
  • Crock pot
  • Cheese cloth
  • String
  • Kitchen towel

Infusing your honey with herbs or fruit will add an exquisite flavor to what is already a delicious food. Try adding one of the following:

  • 1 tbsp. dried lavender
  • A few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • A handful of rose petals
  • Lemon or orange zest (Pick organic fruit so you’re infusing only good stuff, no pesticides.)

How to make:

  • Wrap the cannabis and infusion ingredient in the cheesecloth, tie with string.
  • Pour the honey into the quart jar, and place the cannabis bundle on top.
  • Line your crock pot with the folded up kitchen towel (this will keep the quart jar from falling or moving around in the pot).
  • Place the quart jar in the crock pot; fill crock pot with water.
  • Cover and cook slow and low for 5-8 hours.
  • Gently shake the jar, and check it periodically to make sure pressure isn’t building up inside. If so, open the jar to “burp” it, then re-tighten the lid.
  • After 5-8 hours, turn off the heat, remove quart jar, and let it cool.
  • Remove the bundle, and squeeze out the honey.
  • Transfer into a jar.
  • Devour (but not all in one go!)

If you don’t have a crock pot or simply don’t have the time to make your own cannabis infused honey, you don’t have to go without! Why not try our CBD sticks? They come in a handy pack that you can have with you on the go. (After all, travelling around with a jar of honey in your bag just isn’t practical!)

 

Enjoy your CBD Honey

 

One of the best things about honey? Its versatility. Stir it into your tea, spread it on a slice of seeded bread, sure. But why not get adventurous? Why not whisk it into some soy sauce and lime juice for a tangy oriental salad dressing? Or drizzle it over Greek yogurt and fruit? Try adding it to your morning smoothie, or, my personal favorite, eat it neat—a spoonful of goodness just before bedtime.

Now that you know how to make your own cannabis infused honey, how will you eat yours?

Do you like honey? Have you tried our recipes? What flavors do you like to infuse into your honey? We’d love to hear your tips and experiences, so feel free to drop us a line in the comments section!