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 desired potency and how much CBD will be required.
First, we need to find out how many servings of honey we are working with. In this example, we used 24 ounces of Trader Joe's Multi-Floral & Clover honey. Looking at the nutrition facts we see that a serving is 1 Tbsp (21g) and there are roughly 32 servings in the bottle.
Second, we need to determine how much CBD will be required. Common CBD dosages range from 10-25mg per dose. By multiplying our total servings in the bottle by 10mg and 25mg, we get a target range of total CBD required - between 320 - 800mg.
Understanding this range, all we have to do is make a decision based on our potency preference. In this example, we'll use 500mg of CBD isolate mixed into a full bottle of honey. We know that from our target range calculations, this will fall right in the middle of the range of common dosage levels. All we have to do to find the final CBD content per serving is divide our total CBD used by the number of servings:
500mg CBD / 32 servings = ~15.6mg of CBD per Tbsp of honey
Once you've determined the potency target, 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!