Cannabis honey is exactly what it sounds like - honey infused with cannabis. Both CBD and THC-infused cannabis honey are increasingly popular. A 2016 Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia review enumerated the research-supported therapeutic uses of honey including its antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-hyperlipidemic, and cardioprotective applications. Honey is a byproduct of a bee’s consumption of nectar, so the chemical composition of each batch will be slightly different.
There seems to be compounds common to all honey produced by honey bees and stingless bees including certain phenolic acids, flavonoids, and antioxidants. Each of these chemical types are therapeutic on their own, but, like cannabis, they work synergistically in honey in ways that give them broad medical utility. Honey has been used to treat wounds, gastro-intestinal discomforts, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, eye diseases, and several types of cancers including breast, cervical, prostate, and osteosarcoma. Some may prefer raw honey, but, according to Dr. Henson, pregnant women and young children should not consume raw honey due to a risk of botulism.
Is There Synergy Between Honey and Cannabinoids?
Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence exploring the medical efficacy of this specific type of cannabis product. But there is a burgeoning quantity of high-quality evidence illuminating the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids. We know that cannabis is an effective treatment for pain in adults, chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, and multiple sclerosis-induced spasticity. We can make an educated guess that cannabis can improve sleep and the symptoms of epilepsy.
We are in the infancy of exploring cannabis’ therapeutic effects on appetite, Tourette syndrome, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, neurodegenerative disorders, and certain types of cancer, but what we have found is promising. While the data supporting the clinical use of cannabis honey is lacking, the evidence demonstrating the individual therapeutic effects of honey and cannabinoids is compelling.
To mitigate the risk of consuming an unregulated medicine, talk to your doctor first. Do your due diligence researching the ethical reputation of the brand you are purchasing from, or you can make your own cannabis honey using home grown weed and organic honey from your local honey farm.
Cannabis Honey Recipe
This recipe is simple, doesn't require a crockpot, and infuses cannabis efficiently.
- 1 tablespoon of sunflower lecithin
- 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
- 15 grams very finely ground, decarboxylated cannabis (if you do not decarb your cannabis before making the cannabis honey, you will not experience a high or the same medicinal effects)
- 1 cup of honey
- Mix the sunflower lecithin, coconut oil, and cannabis in a small bowl until it is totally combined and smooth.
- Add honey to the lecithin mixture. Use an electric mixer with a dough hook attachment to mix until the product is completely blended, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer cannabis honey into a jar. Store in a dark place at room temperature. Use within a year for best results.