We would all be a lot better off if we ditched sugar and swapped it for nature’s natural sweetener – honey. As well as acting like a cough syrup, working as an aid for diabetes, and providing a welcome energy boost, honey tastes delicious!
In fact, about the only thing that could make this delightful nectar better is adding a bit of weed. But guess what? People have been creating cannabis-infused honey for thousands of years already!
In this article, we show you HOW to do it, and discuss some of the benefits a good cannabis honey might have on you and your body.
What is Cannabis-Infused Honey?
As you can surely guess, cannabis honey is honey that, um, contains cannabis. The magical properties of honey are well known, but the practice of adding marijuana to it is thousands of years old. It is widely believed that the ancient Egyptians used a cannabis honey recipe during rituals where they honored their deities.
Over in New Jersey, “bee goddess” Elizabeth Vernon – founder of the Bird and the Bee – combines cannabis-based healing skills with her passion for beekeeping. Vernon is continuing the ancient tradition of infusing honey with weed to create a powerful natural remedy used as an anti-inflammatory. She points out that the infusion process takes place after the honey has been harvested.
There are several cannabis-infused honey recipes available online, but we are about to show you one of the easiest of them all. Vernon also has a tip for those looking to create THC or CBD honey; she points out that honey is unable to bind to marijuana compounds by itself, and therefore can’t be made into cannabis-infused honey from bees. As a result, the best tactic is to create an oil tincture first, and then add it to the honey for proper dissolving.
Unfortunately, because of an absence of fat, honey can bind to practically anything except cannabis. A good tip to overcome this issue is to add infused coconut oil to your tincture. If you want to prove Vernon wrong and make honey infused with dry herb, keep reading to learn how to do it!
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:
- A crockpot.
- At least 15 grams of decarboxylated weed (it is up to you to determine how potent you want your cannabis-infused honey to be).
- Two cups of organic honey (best if you can get your hands on organic, locally-sourced stuff).
- A cheesecloth.
- A piece of string.
- A glass jar with a lid.
Cannabis Honey: The Recipe
Here is a simple step-by-step guide to creating a delicious “cannahoney”:
- Wrap the weed (after you have decarboxylated it in the oven) in cheesecloth and tie it with the string.
- Place the cheesecloth in the glass jar, and pour in two cups of honey.
- Place the jar in your crockpot, and pour enough water in the pot so that its level is above that of the honey, but not submerging the entire jar.
- Put the lid on your pot, set the temperature to low, and cook for 8 hours.
- It is important to check the pot every few hours to ensure there isn’t too much pressure on the jar. Open the lid ever so slightly for a moment, and then close it again.
- Switch off the pot after 8 hours and allow the honey to cool. It is probably best to remove the extremely hot jar from the cooker at this point — but be careful!
- Once the honey is cool enough, remove the cheesecloth from the jar and squeeze out as much amber nectar as possible (in order not to waste anything, we recommend steeping the cheesecloth in water to create a delicious and intoxicating tea!)
- Store the jar containing the cannabis-infused honey in the refrigerator.
Who Makes Better Canna-Honey: People or Bees?
If you known your cannabis botany (or if you listen to Elizabeth Vernon), you’ll assume that humans create the best weed-infused honey simply out of the fact that bees are unable to!
Remember, the marijuana plant is wind-pollinated, and thus doesn’t produce nectar because it doesn’t need to (plants that produce nectar do so to lure pollinators, but if there is no need for pollinators (such as bees), there is no point in nectar production).
However, a beekeeper in France who goes by the pseudonym ‘Nicolas Trainerbees’, became a major social media sensation a few years back by posting videos allegedly showing bees feeding on marijuana flowers. According to the beekeeper, cannabis honey bees can produce the magical cannahoney because their lack of an endocannabinoid system means they are unaffected by weed.
Nicolas said that he had already trained bees to do a variety of things, such as collecting sugar from fruits. As a result, he became intrigued at the possibility of training bees to collect cannabis resin. He claims that to produce the weed honey, the bees harvested the marijuana resin and brought it back to the hive where it was then processed like typical nectar.
As implausible as Nicolas’ claims are, they are not impossible according to Darryl Cox of the U.K. Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Cox pointed out that there is pollen in honey, so it is possible for bees to collect cannabis pollen with the potential of being intoxicating. At the time of writing, however, we are unable to ascertain whether this link between bees and marijuana is real. As a result, it is clear that for now, humans are far better at creating THC-infused honey than bees.
What Are the Benefits of Infusing Honey with Cannabis?
First and foremost, consuming honey made from cannabis can provide you with the THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids and terpenes typically found in edibles. Making weed honey is a simple and inexpensive process since all you need is honey, weed, and a few common kitchen utensils and appliances.
The canna-honey recipe you have your eyes on could potentially have a wide range of medicinal benefits as well. Best of all, you can consume marijuana honey far more discreetly than lighting up a joint or taking a bong hit.
The potential benefits of cannabis-infused honey depend on what you are infusing the honey with. A high-THC batch, for example, could help:
- Enhance mood.
- Boost appetite.
- Reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Aid restful sleep if you suffer from insomnia.
- Relax muscles.
- Alleviate chronic pain.
Of course, it will also ensure you get ‘high’, and while this is often a good thing for patients with medical problems, it means you can’t use it before going to work. In most states, you can be fired from your job for submitting a positive drug test, even if you have a medical marijuana card.
CBD honey on the other hand, is non-intoxicating which means it won’t show up on a drug screening (unless it also contains THC). A good CBD honey can provide you with the following benefits:
- Reduction in paranoia.
- Helps combat depression.
- Alleviates anxiety.
- Counteracts THC’s psychoactive effects.
- Reduces or even prevents seizures.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Helps slow down neurodegenerative disorders.
In other words, with CBD cannahoney you can get the all the benefits of edibles and you can determine the potency of your extract. Cannabis honey can be used in several ways. For example, you can add it as a sweetener to hot or cold drinks, spread it on toast, or even use it as a glaze when grilling meat or vegetables.
Homemade Cannabis Honey vs. Honey from Stores
When it comes to honey marijuana, you have to consider the age-old question: ‘Is it better to make it at home or is it okay to rely on dispensary-bought items?’
The increasing legality of marijuana, coupled with the growth of state-backed dispensaries that must adhere to strict regulations, means that consumers no longer have to worry about the quality of the edibles they purchase. There are also dozens of reputable online sellers of edibles. Remember, you have to use a dispensary to buy your weed, so why not get your edibles there too?
However, homemade edibles are easier than ever to make because there are so many easily accessible recipes. Making cannabis honey for example requires weed, honey, a crockpot and a couple of tools found in most kitchens in America.
The main reason to consider homemade cannabis honey is economic. As a rule, edibles are very expensive, so you can save yourself a small fortune in the long run by opting for homemade versions.
We checked around and found honey containing 250 mg of THC for $66. If you purchase a strain with 20% THC (not THCA), you would need 1.25 grams of weed to get 250 mg. However, you can expect to extract no more than 60% of the THC, so it would be necessary to use over two grams.
Even so, weed is seldom more than $10-$15 a gram, so you could reasonably expect to obtain a couple of grams for no more than $30. Add in, say, $10 for organic honey and you’re saving at least $25 on your homemade cannabis-infused honey.
And of course, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to make!
Final Conclusion About Cannabis Honey
Bees are the only insect that create a food we as humans eat, and that food’s name is honey. (Did you know that honey is the only food source that contains all of the vitamins, minerals, water, and enzymes that sustain life?).
As a consequence, mankind has been using honey for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. As it happens, weed has also been used as medicine for millennia.
With cannabis-infused honey, you get to combine the two and the marijuana honey recipe is so simple that practically anyone can make it. You can make cannabis honey using little more than a crockpot, cheesecloth, string, glass jar, honey and cannabis. Once you create your magnificent weed honey, simply store it in a fridge and it should last for months on end.
Alternatively, why not create a huge batch and freeze it until you’re ready to use it? Cannabis honey has a wide range of uses and benefits, so if you suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, nausea or insomnia, a spoonful of marijuana honey could be precisely what the “doctor” ordered.