Cannahoney is probably one of the most useful everyday infusions you can get. Like regular honey, cannabis honey can be used as a replacement for sugar. You can use cannabis honey in just about anything that needs a sweetener, not just tea and coffee.
The even better news is that cannahoney is dead easy to make. Getting one cup of infused honey takes only five minutes of preparation time. After that, however, you have to add around an hour for decarboxylation to take place.
Cooking time varies depending on the method you use:
- Approximately eight hours using a slow cooker
- Or one hour using the double boiler method
The result is a honey with highs. For cannabis-infused THC honey will produce a potent full-body high, give you a face-splitting grin, and often a fit of the giggles as well.
But what is cannahoney, aka cannabis honey?
It is pretty much exactly as its name suggests; honey that’s been infused with cannabis. And you don’t need any Breaking Bad-style lab equipment or chemistry qualifications either.
Cannabis honey (alt. name cannahoney) is extremely versatile. It can be used instead of honey in almost any recipe that requires honey. Or you can use it to pep up a lovely hot, steaming mug of tea or coffee.
Infusing honey with cannabis is relatively simple, and the rewards are well worthwhile. What you have is a sweetener replacement infusion you can add to countless dishes and beverages that need a little bit of extra sweetness.
There is something of a buzz (pun intended) going around about cannabis honey. If you are hunting an all-natural and healthy sweetener, then cannahoney is the answer.
What’s THC honey all about then?
Today, there are countless ways of obtaining a cannabis high. Way more than ever existed until fairly recently. And now everyone has a personal preference. Some folks are diehard fans of joints or blunts. Yet others never leave their house without first checking they have their vape.
Though edibles may not be perfect in every situation, they hold an obvious appeal for many people. The main benefits of edibles such as cannabis honey include:
- You don’t need to mess around smoking or vaping them
- They don’t leave a pungent smell behind so strong you need to ventilate the room
- The high is long-lasting.
This last, the high from THC honey, can last for many hours. You get a warm, toasty feeling in your body. And suddenly, mundane everyday life can take on a humorous perspective.
You could, for instance, be sitting in your kitchen pondering the nature of honey and its appeal. If bears hibernate during the winter months, what on earth do they dream about for that length of time?
Or how long does it take a bear to lick the honey off its paws? What are bears again? Are they just giant dogs that live in the woods? What was that noise?
Anyway, you get the drift, cannabis edibles like cannahoney are potent stuff and fun. But while they may not have you abandoning your vape pen quite yet, edibles can make for a refreshing change of pace occasionally.
The top cannahoney (THC honey) mistakes
Just like any sweetener, you need to be careful, or you could add too much. So it’s better to start small. You can always add more later.
Getting caught out with cannabis honey will get you in a sticky situation that you could have easily avoided. Here are some of the most frequent rookie mistakes to look out for and prevent.
Number One is simply being impatient. Countless users have tried a new cannabis edible unaware of the potency and onset time. Typically, they take a dose, wait for an hour, feel nothing and decide they need another dose. Invariably, the first dose kicks in within minutes, and you can see where this is headed.
While over-indulging in a potent edible represents no great physical danger, it can make for a rather unpleasant experience. The best method to avoid this happening is to be patient and let nature take its course. Wait around 90 minutes after taking the first dose before considering whether you need to consume more.
The second major rookie error occurs when making the cannabis honey. And, again, it is easily avoidable.
Remember that when making THC honey, you should never skip the decarboxylation step of the process.
In short, decarboxylation is a fancy word to describe a straightforward chemical reaction that occurs when marijuana is heated. The heat converts cannabinoid THCA into THC. This chemical process allows you to get a high from an edible such as THC honey without requiring a heat source, as is required when you smoke cannabis.
Though decarboxylation sounds like a long word to describe something complex, it is, in reality, relatively straightforward. Essentially what you do is bake the cannabis after grinding it up. Any oven will do. Just pop in the ground up cannabis for 30 to 45 minutes at 220 to 245 F (105 to 120 C).
These are guidelines, so be sure to check your cannabis every ten minutes to ensure it isn’t getting scorched. It is also a wise move to open a window to let the aroma of roast cannabis escape from your kitchen. Keep the kitchen door closed as well to prevent the smell from filling the rest of your home.
Easy cannabis recipe with instructions
- one cup of honey
- 3.5 to 7 grams of the cannabis you decarboxylated earlier (see above). The quantity of cannabis you use depends on your preferred potency. (If this is your first attempt at cannahoney, you should probably use a smaller amount, to begin with.)
- String (optional)
- Crock-pot or similar
- Airtight storage jar
Wrap the decarboxylated cannabis in cheesecloth and fasten with string. The string is optional but makes the cheesecloth easier to retrieve later when the infusion is finished.
(An alternative method is to infuse the cannabis into the honey directly and then strain through cheesecloth while filling the storage jar. The former is probably less tricky if you are hamfisted.)
Use a quart jar to combine the honey and the cheesecloth-wrapped cannabis, then shut the lid.
The next step is to place a hand towel in the bottom of your crock-pot (or similar). Next, place the jar on the towel and fill the crock-pot with water until the storage jar is submerged. The water should reach above the level of the honey.
Heat the crock-pot to 200 F (93 C) and then switch to low heat for eight hours. Move the jar around every hour and release any air carefully if you think the pressure is building up.
After eight hours of cooking, carefully remove the jar from the water. Use tongs to retrieve the cheesecloth from inside the jar. Squeeze out any honey remaining in the cheesecloth into the storage jar.
However, if eight hours sounds like too much work, you can use the alternative and faster double boiler technique for this recipe. With this method, place the decarboxylated cannabis into the jar of the honey without a cheesecloth. Next, simmer the jar in the double boiler for around 40 minutes, ensuring the water doesn’t boil.
Remove your THC honey from the heat and filter it with a cheesecloth into a second storage jar. Job done.
If cannabis honey is kept in a cool, dark cupboard, it will easily stay fresh for a couple of months or more.
Cannahoney tips and dosing guidelines
As you will have seen above, there is no set quantity of cannabis in this recipe. However, as a benchmark, if you want a milder batch of honey, then using only three to four grams (an eighth) per cup of honey will be sufficient. If you prefer to cook up a more robust mix, then consider doubling the amount of cannabis you add.
The strength of your cannabis/THC honey will, of course, depend on the strain you use, not just the quantity of cannabis. This explains why it is challenging to state precisely the THC level you can expect in each batch of cannahoney.
Regardless of the above, when it comes to trying your first taste, start with a modest dose. About a quarter to half a teaspoon is a good starting point. Then wait for an hour or more and see what happens. With cannabis honey, you can easily take more if required.
Serving suggestions for cannahoney
Cannabis honey is nothing if not versatile. In practice, there is very little you can’t do with cannahoney. Almost any recipe is fair game if the list of ingredients includes honey or sweetening.
You can use THC honey in:
- baked goods
- honey cake
- or even in a vinaigrette to drizzle over your salad.
But your most frequent use of cannahoney will be half a teaspoon instead of sugar in your hot tea or coffee—a perfect way to take the stressful edge off your day.