Honey, in its own right, is a wonder substance. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it excellent for wound care, treating cough and boosting memory. However when infused with cannabis, it develops even more interesting properties.
Canna-infused honey is also super easy to make.
To make it, you first have to decarbonize the cannabis you use as simply throwing cannabis into honey (or any other food for that matter) is an ineffective way to use it. Raw cannabis added to the cooking or baking process will give food you cook with some psychoactive element. But it is a very inefficient way to cook with cannabis because the THC-A is not converted into THC. THC-A is another cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant which converts to THC during either the drying process or when heated. Decarboxylation essentially makes your cannabis more THC potent.
To get the maximum effect of the THC in active cannabis, follow the instructions below before infusing your honey (or other recipes). Decarbing cannabis at the temperature below helps preserve the flavour and potency of cannabis as well as the terpenes found in the herb while removing the THC-A without burning off the THC. That said, some aficionados prefer to cook the herb at slightly lower temperatures (200°) but for a longer period of time, and some also use a slightly higher temperature (250°) but for a period of between 30-40 minutes.
The maximum heat you should use for this process is 392° Fahrenheit, to insure that you do not vaporize all of the THC used during the baking process.
- Grind your herb finely before laying it out evenly in a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Preheat the oven to 225°Fahrenheit (approximately 105° Celsius)
- Put the herbs in the oven – on the middle rack – for 40-60 minutes
- Remove the herbs when it is a dark green/light brown color and mix it together.
If you don’t have the luxury of time to bake cannabis, another way to decarboxylate cannabis is by vaporizing. This method allows you to enjoy your herbs dry and fresh by vaping and the vaporized cannabis doesn’t have to be thrown away. You can learn more about that process in our post here.
Making Infused Honey
- Place the decarboxylated marijuana in a piece of cheesecloth and fasten it lightly with string.
- Place the cheesecloth bundle in a glass mason jar and fill with honey and lecithin.
- Tightly secure the jar and place it in a crockpot or slow cooker with a rag or cloth between the jar and the bottom of the pot.
- Fill the crockpot with water until the jar is mostly submerged and turn on the burner at the lowest heat (between 200-210° F).
- You will now cook the honey for about 8 hours. Make sure to shake the jar every few hours to release pressure.
- Remove the jar from the crockpot.
- Remove the cheese cloth bundle of cannabis from the jar, making sure to squeeze the bundle as tightly as you can to insure that all of the cannabis enters the honey.
- Store the jar in the fridge for maximum freshness.
Dosage and usage depends on individual taste and metabolism and how well you have decarbed your marijuana. Generally 1 teaspoon of honey is about the right dosage. Go slow and experiment.
Making Cannabis infused honey is a simple and fun project, however how cool it would be if the bees would make it themselves?
Another Version of CannaHoney
Well, a gentlemen, by the name of Nicolas Trainer (dubbed Nicolas ‘Trainerbees’) doing just that.
Nicolas lives in France and has a love for the Cannabis. He’s been thinking about combining the health benefits of honey and Cannabis for a long time.
“I have trained bees to do several things, such as collect sugar from fruits, instead of using flowers,”
This could be the first (and very tasty) natural edible.
The cannabis resin collected by the bees are not heated, so it contains the Cannabinoids in their acid format (THCa and so on) so you only get the therapeutic benefits, but it won’t get you high.
Watch this few second video to see the busy bees: