Natural honey is a wonderfully versatile ingredient, and one that’s been used for thousands of years. Honey has numerous health benefits, including being rich in antioxidants and containing a variety of nutrients, which means it’s often used in cooking and as an ingredient in many herbal medicines.
If you’re a fan of cannabis and honey both, we’ve got good news – it’s possible to make a cannabis infusion with this lovely gooey liquid, combining the wide range of purported cannabis benefits with the anti-oxidant properties naturally present in honey.
In today’s article we’ll go over everything you need to know about making the substance known as THC or weed-infused honey; what it is, how to make it, and what benefits it could have in your medical routine. Let’s get started!
What’s the Point of Weed Honey?
Honey Has Health Benefits, Too
Natural honey has a number of health benefits, which makes weed-infused honey an incredibly popular type of edible. Amber nectar, as found in honey, is a much healthier option than using refined sugar to sweeten food; high in antioxidants and plant nutrients, honey can help to lower both blood pressure and cholesterol.
High-quality honey has been used in a number of different infusions over the years due to its naturally versatile nature and numerous healing properties. By using honey as a base for cannabis infusion this unlocks a number of potential health benefits, as both ingredients combined are often purported to treat a number of ailments.
Homemade Vs. Pre-Made Cannabis Honey
Despite medical marijuana being legal in a number of US states, it can still be quite tricky to get your hands on pre-made THC-infused honey. If you do find some it’s likely to be quite expensive, due to it being a niche market. For this reason, it may often be cost-effective to make the substance yourself.
CBD or THC Honey?
One decision you’ll need to make when thinking of making a homemade mixture is which type of cannabis substance to use. Two common options are CBD or THC.
CBD honey is made by infusing honey with cannabinoid oil (also known as CBD). Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive components, so if you’re looking to experience some of the reported health benefits of weed-infused honey, without the hit or high, then CBD could be a good option for you.
How Much Does THC Infused Honey Cost?
If you’re looking to buy THC infused honey pre-made from a supplier expect to pay anything between $30-45, depending on the supplier, the size of the jar, and the strength of the mixture (how much THC has been infused during the boiling process).
How to Make Cannabis-infused Honey
Use Decarboxylated Cannabis
Before making cannabis honey it’s really important that you decarb your weed. This is a process where you bake or otherwise heat your cannabis in order to convert the naturally-occurring THCA in cannabis into THC, which is vital if you want to experience any of the psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis use.
Cook in a Double Boiler Over a Low Heat
Once you’ve decarbed your weed, you’ll want to place your herb into a piece of cheesecloth and tie it tightly with string.
(Top tip: The process for infusing honey with cannabis is pretty similar to making cannabis coconut oil, so why not check out this detailed guide from our site for additional tips and tricks while you’re at it?)
Once your weed is safely in the cheesecloth, place it in a glass jar and add in your honey. Then put this jar in either a crockpot or double boiler, with some cloth or parchment paper at the bottom. You’ll want to fill the pot until the jar is about 3/4 submerged in water.
You’ll want to keep the water on low heat for around 8-9 hours. Do not let the water or honey mixture come to a full boil, as this will remove cannabinoids from your infusion!
Strain the Honey then Store it in an Airtight Jar
When it’s ready, carefully remove the jar from the water (and warning, it will be hot!) – Next, take your herb out of the honey mixture, and strain any extra honey from the cheesecloth. Place the jar somewhere cool and dry, like a kitchen cupboard.
Can Bees Make Honey from Cannabis Plants?
Although bees are pretty awesome, they can’t make weed-infused honey without human intervention. Unfortunately, despite weed plants producing pollen, they have no natural nectar – which is a key ingredient needed for bees to make honey. If someone tries to sell you an “all natural, bee-made” cannabis honey? Sorry to say, but they’re full of hot air.
Using Cannabis Honey
What Is Cannabis-Infused Honey Good For?
Use It As A Sugar Substitute
Honey is naturally sweet, making it a fantastic, healthier alternative to refined sugar. You can use your THC-infused honey as a sweetener in baking recipes, in tea, as part of a salad dressing, or even to make your own peanut butter.
Those who replace processed sugar with cannabis honey could see many health benefits, including weight loss and lower cholesterol.
It Can Potentially Treat Many Ailments
Cannabis honey combines the reported benefits of both honey and weed, to create a mixture that has the potential to treat many ailments. Research on the health benefits of cannabis go far beyond just getting a buzz, and both cannabis and raw honey have been linked to strong cancer-fighting properties. Some of the conditions marijuana honey can be used to help treat include:
- Chronic pain
- Tickling, persistent coughs
- Burns, cuts or scrapes
- Mood imbalance
Benefits You May Experience From THC Honey
Many regular consumers of THC honey report a number of physical and mental health benefits. These include:
- Experience a reduction in stress and anxiety levels
- Weight loss (when combined with a healthy diet)
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Reduction in chronic pain
- Allergy relief (especially when using local honey to make homemade THC infusions)
Tips and Dosing with Marijuana Honey
When making homemade honey infusions, there’s no set dose of herb you should use in your recipe. It’s important to remember however that the more cannabis you add, the more potent your infusion will be.
For this reason, we’d recommend starting out with a small dose of weed – around about an eighth – and using more next time if you want more of a kick.
Expected Effects of Consuming Weed Honey
After consuming THC honey, you can expect the same effects as you get when consuming other types of edibles, such as brownies or cookies. If you’re a fan of other weed-infused foods, it’s likely you’ll enjoy the effects of consuming weed-infused honey.
Serving Suggestions for THC Honey
A fantastic benefit of weed-infused honey is just how versatile it is as an ingredient. As mentioned before you can use it in replacement of sugar in a baking recipe when making cookies, brownies and cakes, and you can also use it in liquids, such as tea.
Note: It’s important to wait for the tea to cool before adding THC-infused honey, as boiling water can damage – or even destroy – the cannabinoids present. Our article on “How to Make Kief Tea” has a bit more on the science behind how this works, for those curious.
How Long Does THC Honey Last?
Pretty much any and all tips from our “How to Store Edibles” article will work just as well for your honey infusions; just make sure it’s kept in a cool, dark, dry place and your cannabis honey should stay fresh for at least a couple of months, meaning you can make a large-sized batch and return to it again and again!
Avoiding Common Mistakes With Cannabis-infused Honey
Will THC Bind with Honey?
In order for THC to mix well with honey, you’ll need to decarb your herb and carry out the infusion process as outlined above.
Unfortunately, you can’t just mix your herb directly into honey, as the cannabinoids are unlikely to bind with the honey without a long and slow steep with water and heat. As mentioned elsewhere on our site, the key to any infusion is maintaining temperature over time. Your patience will be rewarded.
Use Decarboxylated Cannabis
A common mistake when making THC-infused honey for the first time is forgetting to decarb your cannabis – a process we mentioned earlier in this article, and fairly often in other, similar articles on our site due to it’s importance..
Without proper decarboxylation you won’t be able to access any of THC’s medicinal or psychoactive benefits when consuming your honey. For this reason, make sure you decarb your weed before making any edibles – including cannabis-infused honey!
Test the Potency Before Taking Another Dose
When consuming edibles, it’s important that you test the potency of your substance by only consuming a small amount at any one time. It’s easy to get your dose wrong when taking edibles, as it takes a while for the THC to be digested into your bloodstream – unlike when smoking.
For this reason, we’d recommend using a small dose, such as a teaspoon, and waiting at least two hours before consuming any more, to check the potency of your mixture and avoid any negative side effects.