Cannahoney: The Benefits of Cannabis Infused Honey
Cannahoney is exactly what you would think it was, cannabis-infused with honey. But don’t get cannahoney confused as just another edible treat. Although cannahoney is delicious and enjoyable to eat, it has much more to offer than the cannabis it has been infused with.
With the health benefits of cannabis and honey combined, these two create a super duo known by the name of cannahoney, that will surely bring fun, health, and benefit to any individual who is willing to try it.
The History Of Cannahoney
Honey has been used for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties since ancient times, dating back as early as 384 BC (Before Christ). So it’s obvious that the world was already in possession of the knowledge that honey is a very healthy and beneficial substance.
But it took millennia to pass for honey to meet mankind’s other famous natural remedy, cannabis. There is no sure fire way to ever find out who was the first person to think up the genius concoction of cannabis-infused honey, but thanks to the modern internet we know one man who is one of the pioneers of cannahoney, Nicholas Trainer.
Nicholas created cannahoney in a way that most of us reading would find unfathomable. Through years of hard work, persistence and, trial and error he successfully trained his honeybees to produce honey by cultivating resin from cannabis plants rather than flowers.
This birthed the very first cannabis edible that is 100% natural, meaning no artificial processing or direct intervention in the process takes place in the creation of his cannahoney. Since then, there have been fellow beekeepers and cannabis enthusiast who have duplicated Nicholas’s process and spread the availability of all-natural, cannabis honey bee products all over the world.
How Does Cannahoney Work?
There is no limit to where you can take it, you are only limited by your imagination. For example, many have praised cannahoney as an effective aid for a cough and allergy ailments, pain-relieving abilities and treatment for burns and wounds.
These properties can be derived from the individual properties that cannabis and honey usually provide when used in their original states.
With that being said, you can add cannahoney to some toast for breakfast. Simply eating a few teaspoons throughout the day is also healthy and beneficial to your well-being. It is also safe to be cooked with other foods to make dishes such as honey walnut shrimp or some other sweet concoction.
Does Cannahoney Make You High?
This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for in this installment of cannabis knowledge. All natural honey that is created by the honey bees themselves will not pass on psychoactive elements.
When the honey passes through the bodies of the bees, the ingredients taken from the cannabis plant are simply transferred into an antibacterial, anti-fungal and pain relieving state.
However, if you’re looking for cannahoney that can get you high, you’re in luck. Honey that is combined with marijuana through man-made techniques can give you psychoactive results. This is achieved through a process called decarboxylation (Yes, that is a mouth full).
It is essentially the process of converting THC-A (One of many non-psychoactive cannabinoids) into good old THC. This can be achieved through drying, aging (Slowest way) and the heating of cannabis (The fastest way).
The Benefits Of Cannahoney
- Psychoactive Properties: Cannahoney, as stated before, is able to be created along with cannabis’s psychoactive highs that you will get from other edibles such as gummies, brownies, and cookies.
- Weight Loss: Cannahoney is also helpful in aiding weight loss. As it is a much healthier substitute to sugar and it will decrease the number of unhealthy carbs entering your body on a daily basis while satisfying your sweet tooth. Cannahoney can also provide focus during times of exercise by helping you concentrate and push through your pain barriers during difficult phases of your workout.
- Aiding Ailments: As stated before, honey and cannabis both posses healing properties as a standalone, but when combined together they are able to create a super healthy duo. Cannahoney helps combat ailments such as:
- Lack of energy
- Inefficiency of memory
- Trouble sleeping
- Dry skin
- Acid reflux
- Sinus issues
- Cancer symptoms
How To Make Cannahoney
There are several ways to create manmade cannahoney, however, we will focus on one method today that can easily be done by almost every reader here, from the comfort of their home.
Please note that there are two stages to go through when producing your cannahoney before you are able to consume it. These stages are the decarboxylation of your medical cannabis (The process of turning THCA into THC) and the slow cooking of your cannabis.
The following materials are needed in order to start your process of creating cannahoney:
- Cheesecloth: This will be used to hold your decarboxylated cannabis and will be useful in allowing the honey to saturate and take in the THC. It is also useful when straining the honey from the cloth at the end of your cooking process (Never waste cannahoney).
- Crockpot: Any crockpot will do, just make sure it is big enough for the jar you will be using. It is also important to make sure your crockpot is in good health as this process will take several hours to complete. (May also be a detriment to your wallet in terms of the electric bill).
- Piece Of String: Choose a piece of string that is fairly strong and made from natural fibers as it will be used in the slow cooking process. Note: Don’t use an old piece of string you found on the floor, it will be in your cannahoney and you don’t want to add some unknown ingredients to the pot.
- Cannabis: You will most likely want to incorporate 15 grams or more of decarboxylated cannabis in the creation of your cannahoney. However, you can use less if you’re on a budget, but the potency of your cannahoney will suffer.
- Glass Jar: Any airtight glass jar that is in good condition will do. Note: Make sure to rinse and clean your jar before use.
- Honey: The recommended amount of honey is 2 cups, but you can play around with this amount to alter your potency. I also recommend using organic honey as we just talked about all of the health benefits of natural honey. Always keep in mind that health is wealth.
- Parchment Paper: To prevent your cannabis from sticking to the pan
- Baking Pan: For obvious reasons
How To Make It
Decarboxylating Your Cannabis
- Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit
- Grind your cannabis into a fine powdery state (Yes, finer than when you roll joints)
- Lay it out evenly across parchment paper placed over a baking pan
- Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven for 40-60 minutes
- Remove the pan and mix the dark and light colored cannabis powder
Cooking Your Cannahoney
- Insert your cannabis into the cheesecloth and tie it closed with your piece of string
- Place it into the glass jar along with your honey and tightly close the jar
- Place the jar into the pot with a cloth between the bottom of the jar and the pot
- Fill the crockpot until the jar is 3/4 submerged and set it to the lowest heat possible (Usually 200-210 F)
- Let your honey cook for 8 hours and make sure to shift the contents of the jar every few hours to relieve pressure
- Remove the jar from the pot, remove the cheesecloth and strain the cannabis trapped in the cloth (Caution: your jar will be very hot)
How To Store It
Organic honey has an extremely long shelf-life (Up to several years) and keeping it safely stored will stretch it even farther. You simply need to ensure you use an airtight glass jar to keep the air out.
Keep the jar in a room that is fairly cool, around 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Lastly, keep it out of direct sunlight. All of these will extend your honey’s shelf life by years.
What Can You Use Cannahoney For?
As stated before, cannahoney can be added to almost any edible food and can be implemented into any cooking recipe that calls for something a little sweet (Example: Toast, honey walnut shrimp, etc).
It can also be a healthier alternative to THC and CBD gummy bears, brownies or medical marijuana. There is also the ability to create a tincture from cannahoney that can give you benefits that are similar to CBD products.
Cannabis and honey both hold beneficial health properties alone, but when combined they create the super duo known as cannahoney. Cannahoney can be used for many ailments and added to many different edible foods.
With the proper care, it can also be made to last several years. If you read this article closely, you should be well on your way to creating your own cannahoney!