CBD edibles are some of the most convenient ways to ingest this benefit-packed substance. Today edibles come in a variety of consumable forms including chocolates, gummies, oils, and more. Among the wide range of options, honey is one of the most versatile. Honey can be consumed alone or added to foods or drinks like coffee or tea.
Doing some research on pre-packaged CBD honey, you'll quickly find that most of the products out there are quite pricey. In this article, we walk you through how to take your favorite honey source and infuse it with CBD - all while saving money and having complete control over the end product!
Let's have a look at the ingredients and tools you'll need. This entire process is fairly simple so most of the tools you need will likely already be in your kitchen:
Before we start mixing up our honey infusion, we need to do some basic math to determine the potency:
First, we need to define what a serving of honey is. Creating the pictured infusion in this article, we used 24 ounces of Trader Joe's Multi-Floral & Clover. There are 48, one tablespoon servings in the bottle. In reality, this is a bit much per serving. One teaspoon (1/3 tablespoon) is a much more appropriate, and commonly used, serving size for honey. This means our 24 oz bottle contains a total of 144 teaspoons of honey in the bottle.
Next, we need to determine how many grams of CBD should be contained in each serving. Common CBD dosages range from 10-25mg per dose. Because it's easy to take a bit more if the effects aren't strong enough, it's smart to aim at the lower end of the spectrum when determining potency. In this example, we went with a target of 7mg CBD per serving to make things easy.
Now that we have our desired potency target, we can determine the CBD required for our honey content. Simply multiply by the number of servings by the desired mg per dose to get our required CBD content: 144 servings x 7mg of desired CBD per serving = 1008mg of CBD required.
In this example, we use 1,000mg (1g) of CBD isolate to keep things easy. This brings us right up to the required CBD, just shy of 7mg per dose - quick and easy!
Once you've determined the potency, purchased your products, and inventoried your tools, it's time to get started.
Before we do though, 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. To accomplish this, we first need to create an oil-based CBD mixture and then combine it with the honey using very low heat.
Important note: do not use the microwave to heat at any point!
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 the oil.
Now that you've prepared the CBD content, it's time to get to mixin'!
Next, we need to mix the CBD oil and honey. Honey is a health-packed substance that is also sensitive to heat. Overheating honey can potentially ruin the many benefits of the substance. Honey has even been observed in the Ayurvedic community to create toxins when exposed to high heat.
Nature provides a great reference point, since temperatures of 95 degrees Farenheight in the beehive. We will use this as our point of reference when heating the honey to mix in the CBD.
You can store the mixture in the cabinet but beware of separation. You may or may not run into issues depending on your mixture and storage temperatures. To be safe, you can store the honey mixture in the refrigerator after mixing which will keep any separation or recrystallization from occurring. Before using, be sure to agitate the honey and mix it up well to ensure that the CBD is dispersed evenly.
Enjoy your CBD-infused honey and leave any questions or comments below!
Originally published: August 20, 2018 | Last Updated: March 12, 2019
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