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Learn | 03.23.2024

How To Make Cannabis-Infused Honey

Put it in tea, spread it on bread, or take it by the spoonful. The options are endless (and always sweet).

Honey is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes and beverages. By infusing honey with cannabis, you can create an edible product that provides the effects of marijuana in a delicious form.

Cannabis-infused honey, also known as cannahoney, allows you to enjoy marijuana’s benefits through tea, bread, salad dressings, and many other everyday foods.

This article will provide a detailed guide on how to make your cannahoney at home.

Decarboxylation

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The first step in infusing honey with cannabis is to decarboxylate, or activate, the cannabinoids in the marijuana plant material. Without decarboxylation, the THCA in raw cannabis will not be converted to the psychoactive THC that produces the desired effects.

To decarboxylate, preheat your oven to 300°F and spread your broken cannabis flower on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to break the flower into small pieces rather than grinding it finely, as smaller particles may escape during straining later on.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10-18 minutes while stirring the plant material every 7 minutes. This activates the THC without causing the cannabis to burn. Proper decarboxylation is crucial for ensuring your cannahoney is potent.

Method 1: Using Cannabis Flower

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Now that the cannabis has been properly decarboxylated, it is time to start infusing the honey. This method requires the following ingredients: 

  • 2 cups honey 
  • Decarboxylated cannabis flower (amount to your desired dosage and potency)
  • Double boiler or small saucepan 
  • Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth 
  • Glass jar for storage 

Step-by-Step Process: 

  1. Place the honey in the bottom of a double boiler or small saucepan and heat over low, stirring occasionally. 
  2. Once the honey is warm and runny, add the decarboxylated cannabis flower. The amount can vary depending on your tolerance and potency needs – start with 1/8 ounce for mild effects and up to 1/4 ounce for strong effects. 
  3. Allow the mixture to gently simmer for 30-40 minutes to fully infuse the cannabis into the honey. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. 
  4. Once the infusion time is complete, remove from heat and let cool fully. This keeps the cannabis suspended in the honey. 
  5. Place a fine mesh strainer or piece of cheesecloth over a glass jar. Carefully pour the warm honey mixture through to catch any remaining plant material. 
  6. Seal the jar and allow the infused honey to settle completely before using. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months. Enjoy!

Method 2: Using Cannabis Tincture

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For those who prefer to avoid decarboxylating or straining flower material, infusing honey with cannabis tincture provides an even simpler method. The ingredients needed are: 

  • 1 jar honey
  • Cannabis-infused alcohol tincture (dosage to your preference) 
  • Spoon for mixing 

Step-by-Step Process: 

  1. Scoop the honey into your storage jar. This can be the original honey jar or a clean glass jar. 
  2. Add the desired amount of tincture directly to the honey, starting with 1-2 droppers for mild effects or 2-5 droppers for strong effects. 
  3. Run a spoon under hot water briefly, then use it to thoroughly mix the tincture into the honey until fully combined. 
  4. Seal the jar and allow the infused honey to settle before consuming. 

This no-bake method could not be any easier! Enjoy your infused honey straight or use it in recipes and drinks. Experiment to find your perfect dosage. 

Using Cannahoney

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Once you’ve created your medicated honey at home, the opportunities for enjoyment are endless. Here are some delicious ways to put your cannahoney to use: 

  • Tea – Drop a teaspoonful of cannahoney into a warm cup of herbal tea for a relaxing body high. Chamomile and mint pair especially well. 
  • Bread – Generously spread cannahoney on toast, bagels, English muffins or biscuits for a breakfast CBD boost. 
  • Salad Dressings – Replace regular honey with cannahoney in honey mustard, Asian ginger, or balsamic vinaigrettes for an infused accompaniment. 
  • Smoothies – Blend cannahoney into frozen fruit smoothies along with yogurt or almond milk. Tropical flavors mask the taste well. 
  • Topping – Use cannahoney as an intoxicating glaze for cinnamon buns, scones, or gingerbread or as a drizzle over waffles, pancakes or oatmeal. 
  • By the Spoonful – Take cannahoney straight off the spoon for a fast-acting edible dose. Start with one/four teaspoons for new users. 

Cannahoney adds subtle cannabis complexity to both sweet and savory dishes. Its masking flavors and versatility make it a stealthy and discreet way to partake throughout the day. With its long shelf life unrefrigerated, homemade cannahoney also serves as a storable medicinal edible. Enjoy your creation in small doses alone or added to recipes – the options are truly endless!

Dosing And Effects

Dosing cannahoney accurately takes some trial and error due to variables like user tolerance, product potency, and fullness of the stomach. Always start low and slow, waiting at least two hours before taking more to understand your body’s response.

A single 1⁄4 teaspoon of honey infused with a reasonable amount of tincture or flower may induce relaxation and slight euphoria in some, while others require over a full teaspoon to feel an effect. Monitor yourself for signs like change in mental clarity, increased appetite, uplifted mood, and physical heaviness in muscles or eyelids. 

Onset time can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on individual digestion, as cannahoney gets processed through the liver like other edibles. Effects may last 4-6 hours or longer. Due to its fat-soluble nature, pairing cannahoney with fat-containing foods like peanut butter or adding it to creamy lattes helps the THC absorb into your system more readily.

Staying hydrated also prevents unwanted drowsiness as your body metabolizes cannabinoids over time. Proper dosage and timing of cannahoney intake maximizes the beneficial properties of cannabis without unwanted side effects.

Precautions And Storage

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While cannahoney poses no direct health risks when used responsibly, a few precautions are recommended. As with any edible product, keep cannahoney out of reach of children and pets.

Always store it in an airtight, light-proof container like an amber glass jar or refrigerator if desired for freshness, yet store it at room temperature if preferred. Excess heat or light exposure from windows risks loss of potency over time. Cannahoney’s natural preservatives allow it to maintain safeness without refrigeration for 6-9 months on average. 

Furthermore, start with low doses if pregnant/nursing, new to edibles, taking medications, or having medical conditions like diabetes. In rare cases, high-THC products may trigger anxiety, rapid heartbeat, or temporary hallucinations – a sign to discontinue use and wait for effects to subside.

Overall though, cannahoney provides an enjoyable and discreet way to introduce therapeutic cannabis into your everyday intake smoothly. With practice dialing in the correct serving size, its benefits can be felt without lasting impairment or unwanted experiences.

Cannabis-Infused Honey At Home

Making cannabis-infused honey at home allows you to enjoy the medicinal properties of marijuana discreetly through a versatile sweetener. By following proper decarboxylation and infusion techniques, you can create a shelf-stable edible to naturally enhance foods and drinks as you please.

Whether mixed into tea for relaxation or spreading onto toast for productivity, cannahoney adds botanical elements without overpowering flavors.

With a little creativity, this simple tincture or flower recipe unleashes boundless ways to introduce cannabis as both medicine and magic into your daily life. Enjoy the process of crafting cannahoney to find what works best for your lifestyle and applications.

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