One of the simplest and sweetest ways to enjoy cannabis infusions is with a cannabis honey. A spoonful of higher CBD infusion in your coffee before work or a spoonful of higher THC infusion before bed is a great way to take your medicine. As the saying goes, “A spoonful of honey helps the medicine go down,” especially when we are talking about medicinal marijuana.
Cannabis infused honey is a gentle way to enjoy the experience of marijuana. Since we never really consume large quantities of honey, under most circumstances cannabis honey is unlikely to overwhelm you. It’s not about eating the entire edible and hoping it wasn’t too potent. You can add cannahoney to your recipe or hot drink as needed, a spoonful here, a tablespoon there. It’s a comforting all-natural hot beverage sweetener, but also a multipurpose pantry essential for the marijuana chef.
While there are many ways you can infuse weed into honey, our method is by far the simplest. Add cannabis oil to honey, then heat to combine, and finally cool it off to room temperature. As with most honey, it keeps well in a cool dark place for weeks, but for long-term storage keep it in your refrigerator.
The Benefits of All-Natural Honey
Even before you add in the many medicinal qualities of cannabis, honey has many well-documented health benefits. Especially if you purchase unpasteurized raw honey products, you take advantage of even more health benefits than the stuff you find on the corner store shelves. Look out for interesting varieties at your farmers market, on the shelves of your local health food store, or even from the beekeeper down the street.
Using honey to support human health isn’t a new idea. Long ago, as far back as 4,000 years ago in ancient Ayurvedic medicine honey has been an important medicinal staple. According to this theory of medicine, it is useful for combating stress, sleep disturbance, cough and asthma among other issues. You might notice these are some of the same things people use medical cannabis for.
Research suggests that honey when used topically, may help to heal burns. Cannabis can also be used topically. The study authors theorize that this effect is thanks to honey’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Other research shows that specialty honey called Manuka honey (sourced from Australia), prevents the growth of the harmful C.Difficile bacteria.
Honey, and in our opinion especially cannabis-infused honey, is a powerful all-natural remedy for colds and coughs. The honey coats the throat, helping to reduce the annoying tickle. It also helps soothe a sore throat. The World Health Organization even recommends the use of honey as a natural remedy. If plain honey is so useful for cold and cough treatment, just think what canna honey could do.
How to Use Cannabis Honey
In most cases, you can easily swap out the equivalent measurement of regular honey for the cannahoney. For example, when you are drizzling on pancakes, on toast, or a spoon of it in your coffee. Typically, most recipes only call for a small amount of honey because it is so much sweeter than other sugars.
So long as you know the general potency of the THC laden honey, you’ll know how much to use in a simple recipe. If you feel that it might be a little too strong, cut the cannabis honey in half and top up with the plain version.
Keep in mind that if you intend to use cannabis honey instead of a conventional sugar while baking, the final product may turn out darker than expected. It might also have a higher moisture content. If you swap out the honey for sugar, cut back on the liquid ingredients by roughly two tablespoons.
One general rule of thumb is to cut the cannahoney down to 75 percent of the quantity of sugar called for. For example, ¾ of a cup of cannabis-infused honey instead of one cup of white sugar. You might need to experiment a bit with the recipe to get it right.
Inspirations for Your Cannabis Infused Honey
While nobody is judging you for taking a daily medicinal spoonful of cannabis honey, what are some other ideas for using marijuana honey on a regular basis? Here are some of our favorites:
- Morning Granola: Drizzle a large tablespoon of warmed cannahoney over your fruit, granola, and yogurt. Top with a handful of nuts or shredded coconut for added healthy fats.
- Salad Dressings: Many easy homemade salad dressings call for one or more tablespoons of honey. Why not make it cannabis honey the next time a big salad is calling your name? Cannabis honey tastes just as lovely on a garden salad as the non-psychoactive stuff, so why not make your side salad that much more exciting?
- Honey Glaze: Amp up your next serving of baked veggies with a cannabis-infused honey glaze. Your boring baked carrots never tasted so good.
- Cinnamon Toast: That childhood staple of toasted bread, a drizzle of honey, and a shake of cinnamon just became your go-to adult snack. Instead of drizzling plain honey, why not use your new cannahoney instead?