Recipe: Cannabis Honey
Like CBD oil, cannabis honey is a simple herbal remedy that you can make at home. The process begins first by activating the plant’s beneficial compounds through heat, and then infusing the activated plant matter in honey.
Once finished, you can use it as you would any herbal honey. It tastes delicious with notes of caramel, pine, and citrus, and works well spooned into tea or drizzled over toasted sourdough bread.
what is it?
CBD honey is made by infusing the cannabis into honey using light heat. It’s anti-inflammatory, combining the collective benefits of both high-CBD hemp and honey. It’s also easy to make and has a striking sweet flavor with distinct herbal undertones.
To make it at home, you’ll need to follow a simple three-step process. It begins by heating the cannabis in a process called decarboxylation which activates the herb’s beneficial compounds. Next, you’ll mix the herb with honey and allow it to infuse the honey under gentle heat. Last, you’ll strain the honey and transfer it to a jar for storage.
what’s in it?
To make cannabis honey, you’ll need two ingredients: cannabis and honey. That’s it. I prefer to use a nonintoxicating high-CBD strain. In addition to these two ingredients, you can also add other herbs as well such as vanilla, rose, basil, thyme, rosemary or lavender. The combination of herbs can add both flavor and beneficial botanical compounds as well.
The beneficial compounds in cannabis, such as CBD, need to be activated in order for your body to make use of them. This process of activation is called decarboxylation, and it requires heat.
For making the honey, you can activate your herb by baking it on a sheet pan; however, using precision cookers like Magical Butter or Ardent FX, which are designed for cannabis use, will activate a greater percentage of these beneficial compounds.
tips for making infused honey
Making cannabis-infused honey is easier than you think, and you’ll need to follow three steps. It begins first by activating the herb, followed by infusion, and straining. But there’s a few tips for you to keep in mind.
- Choose high-CBD strains. While you can make infused honey with any cannabis plant, I favor high-CBD strains with minimal THC content. Thanks to the 2018 farm bill, it’s federally legal and you can purchase it here.
- Use a high-quality honey with a flavor you like. Look for raw, local honey where possible. Specialty honeys can contribute a lot of flavor to your batch, and wildflower and acacia honeys work well in this recipe.
- Precision matters. To extract the most beneficial compounds (and to make infusion easier) use an all-in-one precision cooker/infuser such as the Ardent Fx.
- Store it as you would any other honey. That means you should store it at room temperature away from direct light and heat. Honey lasts indefinitely, but try to use infused honeys within a few months.
- Start low, go slow. A half teaspoon to a full teaspoon is a good place to start.
Cannabis (CBD) Honey Recipe
Ardent Flex (or similar precision cooker)
Directions for making cannabis-infused honey
Activating the CBD.
Place the cannabis trim inside the precision cooker, and follow instructions for decarboxylation. Allow the cooker to run the full cycle and cool completely, at least 30 minutes after the cycle completes.
Pour the honey over the decarbed cannabis trim, and then stir it to remove any air bubbles. Return the lid to the cooker, and then press the button to infuse. Allow the cooker to run its full cycle, and cool completely after the cycle finishes.
Place a fine-mesh strainer over a jar or pitcher, and then pour the infused honey into the jar. Press the herbs with a wooden spoon to force as much of the honey through the strainer as possible. Discard the spent herbs, and then seal the honey jar.
Store the infused honey in a dark cupboard at room temperature away from light and heat for up to 2 months.