With cannabis legalization on the march, the nation’s edible chefs have become much more bold in their quest to infuse nearly everything with THC. From cannabis cookies to cannabis sodas, products that cater to almost every taste now line the shelves of your favorite Have a Heart dispensary. One particularly popular concoction that has recently become more common at cannabis retailers is cannabis honey, which often comes in the form of convenient sticks for portable use. However, for anyone interested in making their own cannabis honey at home, the process is exceedingly simple.
Ingredients for Cannabis Honey
In many ways, the procedure for making cannabis honey is similar to making cannabutter. The most important ingredients will be cannabis and honey, as the quality of these two factors will make or break the flavor, potency, and efficiency of your cannabis-infused honey.
While the selection of honey may be up to individual preference based on taste and budget, the choice of cannabis is very important to the final result of your product. First, the amount of THC contained within your cannabis will impact how powerful your cannabis honey is. Always check the potency of the cannabis used in crafting your edible before you begin to cook with it.
The type of cannabis you use will determine the psychoactive quality of your edible as well. Employing a sativa in your cannabis honey can imbue it with a bubbly, uplifting high, whereas an indica edible can be ideal for easing pain and discomfort with powerful bodily effects.
How to Make Cannabis Honey
As previously mentioned, many of the steps in making cannabutter will apply to the creation of cannabis honey. To begin, grind your cannabis into a fine form, but not to the point where it becomes a powder. You want to be able to evenly distribute your cannabis throughout the honey.
Before you add in your cannabis, it is highly recommended that you decarboxylate it first. Decarboxylation is the process of “cooking” your cannabis to activate the power of cannabinoids inside of it, like THC. To decarboxylate your cannabis, simply spread it onto a baking sheet and place it in the oven at around 245 degrees Fahrenheit. After 30 or so minutes, your cannabis will be ready to go.
Pour your honey into a saucepan and allow it to simmer over low heat. Then, stir the cannabis into the honey and let your mixture sit on the flame for about 40 minutes. Take care not to let it sit on the stove for too long, as it can burn more quickly than one might expect.
Finally, take a cheesecloth and wrap it over a large jar. Pour the cannabis honey through the cheesecloth to allow it to strain, collecting all of the loose material at the top of the cloth. This material can actually be employed later on in the creation of more canna-honey. Once the honey has been cooled, it is ready to be used. Plus, it can be stored in cool conditions for a maximum of 2 months.
So now that you have it, what should you do with it? You can use some honey in tea or other beverages to give them a kick, or even bake with it! First, though, make sure that whatever cannabis you use is good. Stop by your closest Have a Heart to grab some now!