Cannabis infused honey is the perfect choice for anyone liking some THC in their honey. Cannahoney tastes delicious and has plenty of benefits to offer to those who eat it.
How it all began
Regular honey has been used since 384 BC due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This is a healthy treat in its own right, but can be made even better when another ingredient regarded by many as a natural remedy (cannabis) is added.
Obviously, cannahoney is a modern invention that the ancient world didn’t know. We cannot be sure who was the very first person to come up with it, but we can point to the French beekeeper known as Nicholas Trainerbees as one of the first people to mix cannabis and honey together.
It took him many years of attempts, successes and failures before he was finally able to train his bees to make honey not from flowers, but from the cannabis plants’ resin. Thus, he obtained the first completely natural cannabis edible, where cannahoney is created without the aid of any artificial processes.
Nicholas’s example was soon followed by other beekeepers, so that now there is a wealth of natural cannabis infused honey to choose from.
How does cannahoney work?
Cannahoney reportedly has a wide range of positive effects, including pain relief and anti inflammatory properties. These come from both natural remedies that make up cannahoney, namely the individual honey and the individual cannabis.
Thus, you can either eat it as such (a few teaspoons during the day) or add the honey to other ingredients to make new dishes. For example, you can spread cannahoney on toast or cook some honey walnut shrimp with it.
The benefits you can typically expect to get from cannahoney range from improved overall well-being to relief of pain, cough, allergy symptoms, etc.
Can you get high on cannahoney?
Unlike humans, bees lack an endocannabinoid system, which makes them unable to access the THC in the cannabis. Therefore, bees cannot get high, and no psychoactive elements will pass on through their honey. However, these elements are preserved and can be transferred on through a process known as decarboxylation.
Thanks to decarboxylation, you can get high on cannahoney, as the process consists of man-made techniques that give you those desired psychoactive results in the honey. Basically, the non-psychoactive THC-A is converted into actual THC, via a number of methods: drying, the slow aging, and the faster heating of cannabis.
We listed some of the benefits of using cannahoney before, but here is a more comprehensive list of ailments that cannahoney helps to combat against:
- Acid reflux
- Burns and cuts
- Lack of energy
- Psychoactive properties – cannahoney can get you high
- Relief of cancer symptoms
- Sinus ailments
- Trouble sleeping
Weight loss – cannahoney can help with weight loss, when used instead of sugar. This way, you will diminish your carbs intake but still be able to enjoy something sweet every day.
Make your own cannahoney
Cannabis infused honey can be achieved in a number of ways, but one method is easier and can be made by pretty much everyone, right at home.
Before you start, bear in mind that your cannahoney will have to undergo two stages before it actually becomes edible. More specifically, you will first need to turn THC-A from your medical cannabis into THC (a process known as decarboxylation) and then slow cook the cannabis.
Make sure to have the following ready before starting the process:
Baking pan – For baking, as the name suggests.
Cannabis – You will need about 15 grams of decarboxylated cannabis to make cannahoney. Smaller quantities are also good, but your cannahoney will be less potent in that case.
Cheesecloth – Use it to hold the decarboxylated cannabis and allow the honey to become saturated with the THC. You will also need it at the end of the process to strain the honey.
Crockpot – You will need a crockpot big enough to hold the jar, and safe enough to leave on for several hours.
Glass jar – Use an airtight glass jar that is not broken or cracked. Rinse the jar before use.
Honey – Two cups of honey will do, but you can use more to make the final product more potent.
Parchment paper – This will keep the cannabis from sticking to the pan.
String – Get a clean piece of string made from natural fibers and strong enough to withstand the slow cooking process. It is important that the string has all these elements (clean, natural, strong) because you will add it in your cannahoney.
How to make cannahoney
First, you need to decarboxylate your cannabis:
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grind your cannabis until you get a fine powder. Put the parchment paper over the baking pan, then spread the cannabis powder evenly.
- Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven for 40 to 60 minutes. Remove the pan and mix the cannabis powder.
Now it’s time for cooking your cannahoney:
- Put the cannabis inside the cheesecloth and use the piece of string to tie it. Place the cannabis cheesecloth into the glass jar and add the honey; close the jar tightly.
- Place a cloth in the crockpot and put the jar inside, on top of the cloth. Fill the pot to cover ¾ of the jar, then set it to the lowest heat possible (typically, 200-210 degrees Fahrenheit).
- The honey will need 8 hours to cook, during which time stir the contents of the jar a couple of times (every few hours) to relieve pressure.
- Take the jar out of the pot, remove the cheesecloth and strain the cannabis, but be very careful as the jar will be very hot at this point.
Storing your cannahoney
Use an airtight glass jar to store the cannahoney and keep it in a cool room. Make sure no direct sunlight falls on the jar so that you can enjoy your cannahoney for years to come.
Cannahoney can be eaten in a number of ways and can be healthier than THC and CBD gummy bears and brownies.