For thousands of years, honey has been used as both food and medicine. So prized has it been that it even features in a Greek Myth, as an edible wedding present from Melissa, a honeybee, to Zeus and his wife, Hera.
Honey has been found to be brimming with beneficial plant compounds, including vitamins, amino acids, organic acids, proteins, and minerals. It, therefore, represents a far healthier alternative to refined sugar, which has little or no nutritional value. Good, high-quality honey is known to contain antioxidants, which could help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
New Zealand’s unique Manuka honey possesses antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, along with the already impressive antioxidant benefits.
Locally produced honey has another application hidden in its depths. Because the honey is made locally, it stands to reason that it will contain local pollen and nectar. By eating locally produced honey, you are exposing yourself to those pollens and your body will build immunity to them, helping fend off hayfever.
This doctor’s bag of properties means that honey has been used for healing wounds, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay, and improving digestive issues. Even diabetics find that it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels quite as high as refined sugar.
Interestingly, honey seems to possess many of the same properties that cannabis is reputed to have and, when combined, could offer a host of complementary medicinal benefits; the alleviation of chronic pain, reductions in stress and anxiety, and a decrease in seizures associated with epilepsy are just a few.
This knowledge seems to have been understood by mankind for millennia and it is claimed that even the ancient Egyptians would use cannabis and honey together, both medicinally and in rituals.
What is Cannabis-Infused Honey?
As the name implies, cannabis-infused honey, or cannahoney, is honey that has been infused with marijuana. Now, there are several ways of getting your weed’s cannabinoids into the honey; you could add a cannabis tincture to your honey, or mix it with canna-oil for cannabis-oil honey, but we’re primarily concerned with the method of infusion.
What can I use Cannabis Honey for?
As more and more people recognize the potential of cooking with cannabis, the range of cannabis recipes gets bigger by the day. For many edibles recipes, cannabutter is a good carrier of the blessed-bud’s benefits, maybe even canna-oil, but for some sweet edibles recipes there really is no substitute for cannabis honey.
At the simplest level, you could just stir a spoonful of honey into a coffee, or tea, or any other drink you might want to sweeten, like a mulled wine, a hot toddy, or cocktail. We’ve even done a set of cocktail recipes for those who would like to experiment with weed-infused Bourbon, Tequila, Gin, and Rum.
An alternative would be to stir your weed-infused honey through a pot of yogurt, for a quick, healthy THC laced snack. Fancy it drizzled over some Baclava or your breakfast Granola? Knock yourself out! The only real limit is your imagination.
How to make Cannabis Honey
As with the vast majority of cannabis edibles, it is necessary to decarboxylate your stash before baking, cooking, or infusing. Decarbing marijuana turns it’s THCA content into THC and CBDA into CBD, enabling the body to process the goodies. We have covered the decarboxylation process in some detail in a previous article, so that is the place to start.
Once you have decarbed your weed, it is ready to process and, in this case, you can start on your cannabis honey recipe.
This is a simple, if not quick, recipe to make canna-honey. The idea is that you can set it up and forget about it for hours at a time, while the crockpot works its magic.
7g (¼ oz) of decarboxylated cannabis
1 cup of good quality honey
Preserve/Kiner jar with lid
If you want to make a larger quantity of cannabis-infused honey, multiply this recipe by the number of cups you require.
Take 7g of decarbed weed and wrap it in your cheesecloth, tieing it off tightly with your string, as though you were making a bouquet garnish for a stew. It is best to use strong, new string, made from natural fibers, so as not to add any unwanted flavors into the mix.
Put your cheesecloth ball into the Kilner jar and add your honey, pouring it over the top of the ball. You want to use a jar that is small enough to guarantee that your ball of weed is submerged when the honey is poured in.
Place your Kilner jar in your slow-cooker and pour enough water into the slow cooker to ensure that the level past that of the honey in the jar. Put the lid on the slow-cooker and set it to LOW; you don’t want it to reach a boil, so try to keep the temperature around the 200F (93C) mark as a maximum. You’re now going to cook, or steep it for 6-8 hours.
Check back every couple of hours to make sure that nothing is boiling and that pressure in the jar isn’t building up. Open the lid slightly and then tighten it back down. Give it a shake and return it to the slow-cooker.
After 6-8 hours, turn the crockpot off, remove your jar and let the honey cool. When the honey is cool enough, remove the cheesecloth from the jar and squeeze out as much of the honey as possible. Don’t throw that ball of cheesecloth away; use it to steep some tea for around 10 minutes and enjoy the benefits!
Replace the lid and store your jar in a cool, dark place, or your refrigerator, for up to 6 months. If kept in an airtight container at a temperature of between 50-70F, your marijuana-infused honey should be good for up to 2 years!
Will Making Weed-Infused Honey Smell?
No, there should be very little, if any smell when using this long-cook method. The part of this or any edibles process that smells is the decarboxylation. That will smell.
However, if you’ve got some cash to throw at this kind of project, or really can’t run the risk of anyone smelling your goodies, you can buy odorless decarb devices like the Ardent Nova Decarboxylator, for a few hundred dollars. If you’re going to decarb regularly, it might be a worthwhile investment.
How Strong will my Cannabis-Infused Honey be?
Following this recipe and using grass with an average THC content of 10%, a 5ml teaspoon should contain approximately 16mg of THC. This could be affected by the decarb process you select and how well you carry that out.
It goes without saying that tolerance to THC has a huge part to play in a user’s perception of strength. If this is your first time experimenting with edibles, start with no more than ½ teaspoon, maybe even less, and work up. Low and slow is the best way forward and don’t forget that, as with all cannabis edibles and drinks, it can take up to 2 hrs for the effects to kick in, so don’t be tempted to take another dose before that time is up!
Using a cannabis strain with a higher THC content will also have an effect on the strength of the resulting honey. If you’re looking for a super-strong THC strain, you can certainly find one in our high THC seeds category. Anyone using canna-honey for the medical benefits CBD can provide, might consider a very high CBD strain, such as CBD Ratio 1:30, or any of the other strains found in our high CBD strains room?
For a balanced high, with all the benefits that can be derived from THC and CBD, look for a cannabis strain with a more even THC/CBD balance like CBD Candyland 1:1.