I’m going to let you in on one of my favorite cannabis edibles at home: cannabis infused honey. Seems like no big deal, right?
This is such a great thing to have around, especially when you infuse it with concentrates, which is how I do it.
(You can infuse any of your staples with concentrates—see our post about this. This is also a great way to make capsules, if you want to, or gummies with some real potency.)
I also love to make kief honey, which I’ll describe below.
Any way I create cannahoney, I love using it. I put it in my coffee and tea, definitely. But it’s also amazing in smoothies, muffins, cookies and other baked sweets, on cereal and pancakes, and even as the sweet element in sauces, salad dressings, and more.
Are you firing up the grill? Infused honey in your barbeque or teriyaki sauce is a total winner. Cannahoney can elevate anything from your traditional holiday glazed ham to a bit of Greek yogurt in the morning.
And if you infuse honey with a nice, high-quality concentrate or lots of nice kief, you get a potent result that you just need a little of. Perfect!
Plus, particularly with concentrate, you avoid so much plant-y flavor, which is also better for something like honey. It’s just the best way, IMO, although of course you can infuse as normal—and we’ll show you how to do that, too.
Can’t you just buy this in a dispensary, by the way? Definitely, if you’re in the right state. But it’s not always sold everywhere, for one thing. And it’s sometimes sold in little sticks for tea—not super convenient. Also, you can expect to pay at least $40 for maybe 200mg of THC in just a few ounces of basic honey.
You can instead pay around $60 to $80 for 1 gram of seriously high-quality concentrate and hit at least 800mg of THC, and $10 or $15 for a whole jar nice, organic, raw honey—which we recommend.
Here’s how it works.
What you’ll need basically, along with some simple infusion kitchen equipment, is just:
- 1 cup honey
- 1 gram cannabis concentrate
That’s it, but here are the details.
What Kind of Concentrate?
You can use concentrates such as live resin, shatter, and wax to make edibles without the need to extract the THC from the flower or remove the flower from the food. In fact, using concentrates the right way allows you to simply infuse edibles that you can mix into your recipes directly. So easy.
Most dispensaries use C02 or butane to extract concentrates. The most common you’ll find are butane hash oil (BHO) live resins, shatters, and waxes. Any of these are safe to decarb and use.
What Kind of Honey?
This is a matter of personal preference, but use the good stuff—after all, this is an investment! But seriously, we also recommend raw honey for its health benefits. Raw honey is a good source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, and is known to improve digestion and for its antifungal effects. Raw honey can also heal wounds thanks to its antibacterial properties.
How to Infuse Cannabis Honey
There are several ways to do this: with a cannabis infusion unit, with a crockpot, or on the stove. Here’s how they work.
Remember, you must decarboxylate, or “decarb”, your cannabis flower before making edibles like canna honey with it. If you don’t, you get a weak or inactive product, and here’s why.
Raw cannabis flower naturally contains the full-spectrum of cannabinoids, but not high amounts of THC or CBD. It does contain high levels of the cannabinoid acids THCA and CBDA, the precursors to THC and CBD, however. Heat converts those acids when you smoke or vaporize cannabis into the molecules that produce euphoric effects and other benefits.
I always decarb first, either in a dedicated device or the oven, whether we’re using flower or concentrate. Let’s start with flower.
If you have a device, no problem: you put your cannabis in it, turn it on, and it does the job for you.
To decarboxylate your cannabis without a dedicated device: preheat your oven to 245ºF. Cover a rimmed, oven-safe tray with parchment paper. Distribute cannabis buds evenly on the tray.
Place the tray in the oven. Every 10 minutes remove the tray and shake it gently to mix the buds and expose them more equally to the heat. Bake the cannabis for 30 to 40 minutes, but check after 30. Older, drier cannabis often takes less time.
As you check on your cannabis, you will often see physical signs of decarboxylation. This make take the form of a color change from more vivid green to darker, more brownish green.
Grind the decarbed flower coarsely by hand after this step so it resembles dried parsley, and it’s ready to infuse.
If you’re using concentrate with a dedicated device, it’s even easier, really. Just place the silicone concentrate sleeve into the device, drop in the concentrate to decarb it, and hit the start button.
If you’re using your oven, it’s still fairly easy to decarboxylate concentrates. A general rule to go by is baking at 250 degrees, probably your oven’s lowest setting, for 30 minutes. If you are working with more than a few grams in one container, bake for 45 minutes.
Your goal is to melt the concentrate and convert the cannabinoids from THCA to THC. This is easy with solvent concentrates such as budder, shatter, wax, and live resin, which melt easily into a liquid oil. With these concentrates, it’s easy to just add them to the honey and allow it to infuse.
However, bubble hash, dry sift, and moroccan stay solid even after you decarb, so your goal is to decarb, and then grind them into a fine powder—sort of like kief—using a fine mesh strainer. You use that powder to infuse your honey.
Cannabis Infusion Unit
We love these babies, especially for infusing concentrates, because it eliminates so much mess and trouble. All you do is pop the silicone concentrate sleeve into the chamber, drop in the concentrate to decarb it, and hit the start button.
Once that’s done, add honey, and hit start again. That’s it.
This is an especially great method for infusing honey with cannabis concentrate, because as sticky as honey is, concentrates are even worse. It’s a pain to deal with pots and jars and scrape stuff up, even when it’s nice and warm, and there’s always waste to minimize.
With these units, you’re already minimizing both problems. You really only deal with one silicone piece, some tool for moving things, your funnel, and your jar.
What you’ll need aside from cannabis and honey:
- Crockpot large enough to accommodate your glass jar
- Glass jar, wide-mouth, for canning
- Clean kitchen towel or rag
- Cheesecloth and string (if you’re using flower, to make an infusion bag that works like a tea bag)
Here’s how to infuse honey in the crockpot:
1. Spread the cheesecloth out. Place the cannabis in the center and tie the bundle tightly with the string. You’re creating an infusion bag like a tea bag.
2. Put your infusion bag in the jar, and add your honey. Close jar, but not too tightly.
3. Line the bottom of the crockpot with the kitchen towel or rag. Place the jar on top of the towel. You’re protecting the crockpot and jar from breaking under heat stress (and just from getting banged around).
4. Add water to the pot until the jar is about two-thirds to three-quarters under water. Turn the heat on low or about 200 degrees F.
5. Slow cook the honey for about eight hours. Every couple of hours, give the jar a gentle shake to avoid pressure building up inside it. Never allow the cannabis and honey to reach a full boil.
6. Remove the jar from the crockpot carefully. Dump the water. If you’re using the infusion bag, remove it carefully, and strain the trapped cannabis. Be careful throughout this process, because the jar and its contents are terrifically hot.
What you’ll need aside from cannabis and honey:
- double boiler (if you have one—it’s much easier to not burn the honey; if you don’t, just use a regular pot and be ready to watch it closely)
- fine mesh strainer (if you’re using flower)
- cheesecloth (if you’re using flower)
- jar for storage
How to infuse the honey:
1. Place the decarbed cannabis, either concentrate or flower, and honey in the double boiler or pot on the stove top.
2. Simmer at low heat—never allowing to bubble or boil—for 40 to 60 minutes.
3. Place the funnel in the jar. If you’re using flower, strain the honey by lining the funnel with cheesecloth. Put the honey in the jar when it is cool enough to handle safely, but before it is really cool, so it flows more easily. Don’t squeeze the cheesecloth to avoid forcing plant material that can hurt the flavor into your honey.
Benefits of Cannabis Infused Honey
The benefits of cannabis infused honey bring together the benefits of both. Use cannabis infused honey to treat these issues, because they already respond well to honey, and to cannabis, alone:
- Acid reflux: Honey is a natural treatment for the inflammation and pain of acid reflux, in part because it is both an antioxidant and scavenges free radicals. Cannabis is also useful in treating reflux and other GI disease.
- Acne: Honey has natural calming and antibacterial qualities that can soothe and treat acne, and so does cannabis. Cannabis also has antioxidants like CBD in it.
- Coughing: Research indicates honey is just as effective as over-the-counter cough suppressants.
- Cuts and burns: Honey has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a wound dressing to improve and promote rapid healing. Cannabis and cannabinoids are being explored for topical treatments by researchers in similar ways.
- Dandruff: Researchers have found that topical use of honey can improve dandruff and associated hair loss significantly, and cannabinoids are also useful for treating scalp issues such as dandruff.
- Fatigue: Small amounts of honey are a natural fatigue booster, because honey contains glucose. Glucose tells the brain to shut off hypocretin or orexin, the chemical that regulates wakefulness, arousal, and appetite. Medical marijuana patients are also using cannabis to treat fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome in some cases.
- Hangovers: If honey on toast is your go-to for hangovers, you’re not alone, and that’s because alcohol can cause fatigue by messing with your blood sugar levels, making you feel sick, weak, and irritable. Honey brings your blood sugar back up.
- Insomnia: A small amount of raw honey may help you sleep better at night by triggering the release of melatonin in the brain. And it’s well-known that the right kind of cannabis can help treat insomnia.
- Memory issues: Honey is full of antioxidants that improve memory by counteracting how oxidative stress affects the brain—antioxidant action that cannabinoids also engage in.
- Sinus problems: Due to the aforementioned antibacterial and antifungal properties, honey can also treat sinus issues.
Cannabis infused honey can also offer these benefits:
- A mood boost
- An enhanced appetite
- Reduced nausea
- Treatment for pain
- Muscle relaxation
Final Thoughts on Cannabis Honey
Bees are essential to life on Earth, and to our ability to survive. But they also create honey—something that is really a sort of super food for humans.
Together with cannabis, honey is a natural edible superfood that can treat an array of medical problems, including anxiety, chronic pain, and stress. And although it’s possible to buy cannabis honey, it’s so easy to make it exactly the way you want it, with high-quality ingredients, at home. You can achieve higher potency, great flavor—whatever you want.
Add a scrape of vanilla bean or a dash of cinnamon if you like to make the infused honey your favorite. It’s really up to you. How do you use your cannahoney?