Weed honey is the bee’s knees. It’s naturally sweet, healthier than regular sugar, and can be used to infuse your favourite drinks, desserts, and dishes.
Winnie the Pooh was on the nose when it came to indulging in this beautiful, amber elixir!
Honey has numerous beneficial qualities, which is why we opt to include manuka honey as a key ingredient in our gummies.
For thousands of years, honey has been consumed as both a medicine and a delicious treat. It naturally contains antioxidants and is often used as an alternative to sugar to control blood sugar spikes.
In the cannabis community, chefs are turning more and more to weed-infused ingredients to help them cater to a growing 420 friendly audience. In fact, weed honey is already being used by some chefs as a glaze and for finishing sauces.
That said, if you’re looking to indulge your creative side, weed honey is also a fun and simple DIY edible recipe for users looking to try their hands at infusing their own products at home.
If you can’t tell, we are simply buzzing with excitement about today’s topic – weed honey! This article will explain what weed honey is, its benefits and how you can make it at home!
Without further ado, here’s how to get your hands on the elevated nectar known as weed honey.
What is Weed Honey?
As you can likely guess from the name, weed honey is honey that has been infused with cannabis. It is also sometimes referred to as ‘cannahoney.’
Whether you use it for medicinal or recreational purposes, weed honey is an incredibly versatile weed-infused edible with multiple applications that are friendly for your wallet and your waistline!
Not only that, but did you know that bees and cannabis have a relationship in their own right? That’s right! Outside of weed honey, cannabis plants and bees have proven to be fast friends.
According to a 2018 study published in Crossing Borders: Entomology in a Changing World, bees began visiting hemp fields in the US state, Colorado.
Although hemp does not produce nectar, the report explains that it does supply a bunch of pollen, which provides nutritional value for bees and promotes honeybee health.
So, when many crops had completed their blooming, the report states that hemp became a valuable pollen source for foraging bees, speaking to its substantial overall potential for ecological value.
In fact, 23 species of bees living in the state were captured in traps set up in the fields in just one single month!
Additionally, some research indicates that cannabis ashes mixed with honey may have potentially been used to treat labour pains, according to the Greek Geoponica, a collection of books outlining agricultural lore during the 10th century in Constantinople.
In another instance, researchers found that cannabis may have been burned in a bowl in the Ancient Middle East and administered to a girl to facilitate the birth process.
Who knew that cannabis and weed honey had such a rich history!
What are the Benefits of Weed Honey?
Since it is lower in sugar, weed honey is an excellent alternative for tokers looking to infuse their edibles or beverages while still maintaining, or improving, their figure.
This fact is because honey serves as a healthy substitute for sugar and can help decrease the number of unhealthy carbohydrates that enter your body, which can help with managing weight.
Coupled with the healing benefits of medical marijuana, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and more, combining cannabis and honey to create weed honey could be a health-promoting, medicating powerhouse!
On top of its potential health applications, weed honey also serves as a safer alternative to more traditional methods of consuming and ingesting cannabis, namely smoking.
In this way, weed honey is a healthier, discreet way of reaping the benefits of cannabis.
How to Make Weed Honey
Now that we’ve provided the necessary context surrounding what weed honey is and its benefits let’s get to the fun part – learning how to make it!
Making weed honey is pretty simple, and it’s a lot easier than making other comparable edibles at home.
Here’s what you’ll need to make cannabis-infused honey:
- Quality cannabis (your favourite strain of choice, at least half an ounce)
- Baking sheet or pan
- A saucepan or crockpot
- Glass jar or mason jars
- Quality honey (The amount you use is entirely up to you)
- Parchment Paper
Weed Honey Recipe
Before we get into the recipe, you’ll first need to decarboxylate our cannabis.
While it may seem like a complicated term, all decarboxylation means is that you initially need to expose your weed to the necessary temperature to ‘activate’ the THC.
Don’t worry. We’re not going to ask you to smoke a joint and save the ash – you can decarboxylate your weed in the oven!
For those wondering, the temperature should be 107°C or 225°F, and the buds should be left in there for 45 minutes.
Once your weed is decarboxylated and ready to go, we can move onto the actual recipe.
- Take your decarboxylated weed and tie it off in your cheesecloth before placing it in your glass jar. The more you add, the more potent and the more like weed it’ll taste!
- Pour the honey into the jar until the cannabis filled cheesecloth is submerged. Replace the lid to seal the honey.
- Fill your pot or crockpot halfway. Place your jar of weed honey into the pot, and then continue filling the pot with water until it’s three-quarters of the way full. Turn on the heat until the water is at a rolling simmer, or just below boiling.
- Be patient and wait! The weed honey will need to “cook” for 6-8 hours to infuse properly. Be sure to remove your weed honey from the water once every hour and open the lid to remove any built-up pressure. Also check that the water never comes to a boil, as this will ruin your weed honey.
- After 6-8 hours, remove your honey from the water and strain it through the cheesecloth. Don’t squeeze or press down on the contents too much, as this will release excess chlorophyll and make your weed honey taste bitter!
What’s great about weed honey is that it can be used in so many ways.
Since it has such a long shelf life, you don’t have to worry about using it all up in a few days or weeks like you would have to with other edibles.
Below are some of our favourite ways to use weed honey!
How to Use Weed Honey
In Teas and Drinks
Enjoy some honey in your morning coffee or tea? Have nothing to do that day, or need something to help you through the day? A bit of honey can do wonders in calming the soul (and elevating the mind)!
Just take a teaspoon or two of our DIY weed honey and add it to your morning tea. And voila, your delicious weed tea is done.
Depending on how much weed you’ve used in the first few steps, a little could go a long way!
Baked Goods and Desserts
Another benefit of weed honey is that it won’t taste as bitter or as pungent as weed oil.
Ever eat a weed brownie or cookie and find the first few chews absolutely delicious, only to be greeted by the pungent taste of Mary Jane a little later on? It’s not desirable, and it defeats the whole purpose of edibles!
With weed honey, the weed flavour is kept to a minimum. If you did a good job straining the honey before jarring it up, the bitter taste will be almost non-existent!
Eat Honey as Is
Mary Poppins says that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, well what about a spoonful of weed honey?
Weed honey is already a combination of 2 traditional medicines so having a little bit a day can actually help you be healthier!
Weed Honey – Too Good to Bee-Lieve!
Honey is abundant in antioxidants, is a natural energizer, and contains many antibacterial properties.
Cannabis can help you relax, destress, and alleviate any anxiety or any other mental discomfort that you may feel.
Put the two together, and you’ve got a match made in heaven!
Weed honey also serves as a safer and healthier method of enjoying weed than smoking while being discreet enough to infuse into various types of edibles or beverages to enhance the overall experience without drawing attention to yourself.
If you aren’t in the mood for a DIY infused edible project, that’s okay, too!