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How to Make CBD Infused Honey

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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:

Ingredients:

Tools:

  • Glass measuring cup
  • Medium saucepan
  • Stir stick or small spoon
  • Thermometer

Required Tools and Ingredients

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!

Alternative Options

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.

Determining Potency

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 Multi-Floral & Clover Honey. Looking at the nutrition facts we find that a serving is 1 Tbsp and there are 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.

Honey and CBD Hydro

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.

The math for this is easy - Hydro comes in a 1oz bottle and 1oz = 2 Tbsp. This means that before we begin, we meaning that we need to remove 2 Tbsp of honey from the bottle. This honey will later be replaced with the contents of the Hydro tincture.

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.

Adding the Hydro and Honey

  • You'll notice that the Hydro initially separates and floats on top of the honey.

CBD Hydro and Honey Unmixed

  • Simply mix well until the infusion is completely uniform.

CBD Hydro and Honey Mixed

  • Once finished, remove the honey from the water and pour back into the original packaging.

Returning the mixture back into the bottle

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.

Finished CBD Infused Honey

Enjoy your CBD-infused honey and leave any questions or comments below!

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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 Melted in Oil

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.



22 comments on “How to Make CBD Infused Honey

  • Tricia washington says:

    I am putting 12 grams of CBD flower in 16 oz of honey. How would I calculate the amount of CBD in each oz.

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      Hello Tricia - assuming you're following our instructions for using an oil extract added to honey, you'd need to first extract the hemp. You'd then use the CBD content of the extract in your math. The tough part is that in order to determine the CBD content of your extract you'd need to have it tested at a lab to determine the cannabinoid potency. This is a fairly complicated procedure to go through and won't be cost effective for you.

  • Scooter says:

    You state that the honey may crystalize as a result of the process. Does this occur short-term, like in a couple of days or long-term after 3-6 months? Couldn't you just warm the CBD honey via a pot of water on the stove to un-crystalize as you do with regular honey?

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      Hey Scooter - if the honey does crystallize, it should be over longer periods of time (months). This crystallization shouldn't hurt the honey or CBD, you just warm and mix it back up as you do with normal honey just like you mention!

  • Michael Leidner says:

    Honey is sold by weight, not volume. 24 oz of honey is not 24 liquid ounces, and thus not 48 table spoons . You need to rework your calculations.

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      Hey Michael - you're absolutely right and we've updated (and simplified!) the calculations in the article. Thanks for catching this and letting us know!

  • casey says:

    What percentage or dosage for the liquid extract, Please!?

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      Hey Casey,
      The volume of honey plays a role in this and it will be vary depending on your desired potency. See the section in the article 'Determining Potency' for to help determine how much CBD extract (oil or isolate) you'd like in the end product.

  • Rick says:

    Hello! Do you recommend using cbd isolate or cbd tincture?

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      Hey Rick - we would probably recommend a full-spectrum extract just because it contains so much more than just an isolate. At the end of the day, the choice is yours and both will work.

  • Shelby Puckett says:

    Do you think I can I use just coconut oil instead of MCT oil?

  • George Leger III says:

    I’m trying with a full spectrum cbd distillate. It’s very thick liquid, can be “dabbed”.

    I wish to add some everclear to make it a liquid, and then add to honey to make a blend.

    Do I need to decarb CBD distillate to make it more active, like THC, and by active I mean a more potent amount of converted CBD, non psychoactive medicine?

    Or can I just take it once I have used the everclear to make quiquid and just add that, and I’m done?

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      First I'd double check that the distillate that you have isn't already decarboxylated - unless it specifies that it is raw, many distillates have already been heated. Check the lab reports to confirm.

      If it isn't already activated, then I suggest decarbing it independently, then adding it to the alcohol and combining with the honey. This is because the decarb temps (220-240f) aren't good for the honey. More info on decarbing here.

      There are also unique advantages to raw cannabinoids that you could consider. You could make a 'raw' cannabinoid honey, a decarbed honey, or a blend since you have the options. Check out our cannabis compounds article which outlines all the properties of the individual cannabinoids, raw and heated.

  • Rachel says:

    I love your recipe, however I’m having trouble getting the math to add up. There are 6 tsp in an oz, if we are using 24 oz of honey and 6x24= 144 tsp in 24 oz. Then if you use 1,000 mg CBD it comes in at just under 7 mg per tsp.

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      Hey Rachel - You're absolutely right and we fixed the calculation error and updated the article to reflect the correct math. Since we are actually getting a tiny bit less CBD per serving, I guess we will have to just add a little more honey - thanks for pointing this out!

      • SHARON FRIED says:

        Hi! Is honey considered an emulsifier? Before I read your article, I added a few drops of tincture oil to a glass of lemonade with honey already mixed in. It seemed like everything blended pretty well. I love your recipe and plan to try it soon.

        Thanks, Sharon

        • Big Sky Botanicals says:

          Hey Sharon,
          When using an oil-based CBD with honey, it could be considered a natural emulsifier. I'd imagine when dissolved in water, the honey would loose some of the emulsification properties though. That being said it sounds like you're having good luck with it. It may be that if you let the lemonade in your example settle, that the oil may then separate. We worry that the separated oil may stick to the side of the glass, resulting in a loss of potency. This is why we recommend the hydro which disperses throughout the liquid.
          Hope that helps!

  • Steve says:

    What would you suggest as the best oil to use?

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      Steve, most oils out there are going to be in tincture form which is a combination of hemp oil extract and MCT or a similar oil carrier. For making an infused honey, your best bet would be to use a CBD-rich extract that has not been cut with another oil already. This way you minimize the amount of oil you're adding to the honey and keep it from getting too runny - these products most often come in a blunt nose syringe. A good example is Endoca - they sell a decarboxylated CBD extract simply called 'Hemp Oil' that would be a great choice.

  • Bob Haven says:

    I would like to start infusing CBD in my honey.However, I have a couple questions.

    How soupy or runny does the honey become after making the mixture?

    How long before the CBD settles to the bottom of the jar?

    Should the be made to become creamed honey afterwards?

    How can I be sure what I buy is pure or what the concentration level is?

    can you point me in the direction of the most reputable or quality driven suplliers?

    Do you know of any suppliers that offer a bulk rate for purchasing CBD full spectrum or distillate?

    Thank you!
    I sincerely appreciate your efforts and consideration.

    • Big Sky Botanicals says:

      Hey Bob,
      1. Assuming you use the minimum amount of oil + isolate or distillate required, the honey remains very similar to its original consistency.
      2. The CBD may settle over an unknown amount of time. Mixing before every use is a good idea.
      3. Not sure I understand what you mean by 'creamed' honey. The mixture doesn't get cloudy if that's what your asking.
      4. Check for independent lab reports for the products you're buying.

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