How to Make CBD Infused Honey
As the CBD industry booms, infused CBD products are becoming one of the most popular and trendy ways to access the benefit-packed, hemp-derived compound. Variety is the name of the game and these products come in a wide range of forms including chocolates, gummies, cookies and more. There are even pet-friendly treats available for your dog or cat.
Among the wide range of infused options, honey is one of the most versatile. Honey can be used alone or added to other end products like coffee or tea. If you do any research on pre-packaged CBD honey, you'll quickly find that most of the products out there are quite pricey and the quality, purity, and contents of the included hemp content are often hard to verify.
In this article, we walk you through how to take your favorite honey and infuse it with our water-soluble Hydro CBD. You'll end up with complete control of the end product - low-cost, pure, effective, water-soluble CBD honey!
What You'll Need
This entire process is fairly simple so most of the tools you need will likely already be in your kitchen:
- CBD Source (Choose One)
- Glass measuring cup
- Medium saucepan
- Stir stick or small spoon
Why We Use Our CBD Hydro Tincture
CBD Hydro is Big Sky Botanicals' water-soluble tincture that features nano-sized oil particles that are suspended throughout the tincture. This technology allows for the tincture to disperse throughout water (or in this case honey) without quickly separating as an oil would.
Additionally, this water-soluble formula is up to 5x more bioavailable than oil-based or crystalline CBD. This means that up to 5x as much of the precious hemp extract is absorbed by the body. For more information on this product, see the Hydro spotlight which includes a video of the tincture in action being added to water.
These important features make Hydro ideal for a honey infusion!
With the advantages of Hydro on the table, it's still worth mentioning that this recipe could be made using either a concentrated full-spectrum hemp extract (not an oil-based tincture but uncut hemp extract) or CBD isolate. The drawbacks are that these solutions lack the water-soluble effectiveness of Hydro. This means they won't infuse as well throughout the honey, they may separate over time and they won't be as effective when used.
Despite the downsides of these two alternatives, we've included alternate instructions for using full-spectrum extract or CBD isolate at the end of the article. The main recipe follows our recommended path, showing you how to make the Hydro-based honey infusion.
Before we start, we need to do some basic math to determine the potency of the end product and how much CBD will be required.
In this example, we use Trader Joe's 24oz (680g) Multi-Floral & Clover Honey. Looking at the nutrition facts we find that a serving is 1 Tbsp (21g) and there are roughly 32 servings in the bottle. The Hydro tincture that we will be mixing with the honey comes in a 1 oz (30ml) bottle containing 250mg of CBD in total.
By simply dividing our total CBD content (250mg) by our 32 servings of honey, we find that each serving will contain 7.8 mg of CBD.
While this is just slightly less than the 8.33 mg of CBD content in a 30 serving Hydro tincture, 7.8 mg is still a sufficient dose. This simple calculation can be adjusted up or down depending on your target potency and honey content.
Let's Make CBD Infused Honey
It's important to understand that CBD does not actually dissolve into honey. When we infuse our honey, what we will create is actually an emulsion where the CBD content is suspended throughout the honey. Hydro makes this easy as the nano oil particles are designed to disperse and suspend throughout liquids without later separating back out.
1. Remove Some Honey to Make Room for the Tincture
In order to maintain the total volume of the honey and preserve the 32 serving size, we need to first remove the volume of the Hydro tincture in honey. Since determining and then removing the exact volume of honey is difficult, we just eyeballed the approximate volume of the tincture which was roughly two tablespoons of honey.
If you're using an isolate blended in a small amount of carrier oil or concentrated extract, you won't need to remove as much of the honey.
2. Creating the Honey - CBD Infusion
Next, we need to mix the tincture in with the honey. In order to accomplish this, we will use a simple double boiler to heat the honey and Hydro infusion. The heat loosens up the honey, making it much easier to mix the two ingredients together.
Honey is a health-packed substance that is also sensitive to heat. Overheating honey can potentially ruin the many benefits. Honey has even been observed in the Ayurvedic community to create toxins when exposed to high heat. Do not use the microwave honey or overheat at any point!
Luckily, nature provides a great reference point for this heating process. Bees keep their hives at precisely 95 degrees Farenheight for honey production. We can safely assume then that heating honey to this temperature is totally safe.
- Begin by adding water to your saucepan and placing the glass measuring cup inside.
- Slowly heat the water to 95 degrees F, monitoring the temperature throughout the water with your thermometer.
- Once at temperature, let sit for a few minutes to bring the glass up to temperature.
- Once ready, add the full Hydro tincture and then the honey into the glass measuring cup. Don't worry if you don't get every last drop of honey out of the bottle as it will mix back in later.
- You'll notice that the Hydro initially separates and floats on top of the honey.
- Simply mix well until the infusion is completely uniform.
- Once finished, remove the honey from the water and pour back into the original packaging.
3. Store & Use
You can store the mixture in the cabinet just as you would any other bottle of honey. Separation shouldn't be an issue, but to be safe you can flip the bottle over a few times to mix the honey up to ensure that the CBD is dispersed evenly before use.
Enjoy your CBD-infused honey and leave any questions or comments below!
Alternate Option: Using Full-Spectrum Extract or CBD Isolate
Note: these optional instructions only apply if you are using CBD isolate or a concentrated extract.
Unlike the Hydro approach, when using CBD isolate or a concentrated CBD extract we first need to create a minimal oil-based CBD mixture and then combine it with the honey using very low heat.
CBD naturally takes a crystalline form and using a small amount of carrier oil allows the molecule to bond to the oil and prevents re-crystallization in the honey. To create this oil, we need to heat CBD isolate or a full-spectrum extract together with a small amount of MCT oil.
- Start by filling your saucepan about half full with water and placing the glass measuring cup in it. This creates the double boiler which we will use throughout this process.
- Using a thermometer to measure the water temperature, heat the water until it reaches about 130-140 degrees Farenheight - the melting point of CBD crystals.
- Add the CBD isolate or extract content to the glass measuring cup and then add a small amount of oil. We only needed 1/8th of a teaspoon in order to fully dissolve a gram of isolate. If your isolate is in slab form, be sure to crush it up into powder first to make the dissolving process easier.
- Mix the extract and oil together until fully dissolved. If using an isolate, the end result will be a completely clear oil. If cloudy, you'll need to continue heating and mixing. Using a full-spectrum extract will create a tinted oil that should be slightly runnier than the extract alone.
CBD Isolate Dissolved in MCT Oil
Now that you've prepared the CBD content, simply head back up to step 2 and continue along mixing this newly created oil infusion with the honey.