Cannabis Honey is a Superfood We Should All Be Eating
So delicious. So nutritious. Cannabis honey is the food you need to be eating for your overall health.
Honey is the only food that can’t spoil and has been used as a medicinal supplement the world over for thousands of years. Honey also makes a wonderful base for different herbs, including cannabis. The sweet combination of cannabis in honey is the best of all the things: delicious, nutritious, versatile, and healing. In fact, the combination could be considered a superfood due to its numerous health benefits. As honey nourishes the body, cannabis treats and provides relief from what ails it.
What are the Benefits of Consuming Cannabis Honey?
Cannabis contains numerous compounds: cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, that have healing properties. The two most abundant compounds are THC and CBD. These are their ‘stand-alone’ benefits.
- Relieves pain and inflammation
- Kills cancer cells
- Anti nauseant
- Muscle relaxant.
- Acts as a mood elevator
- Appetite stimulant
- Helps with insomnia
- Breaks down amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s patients
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduces anxiety
- Has anti tumor effects
- Fights metastasis of cancer cells
- It is an anti depressant
- Slows neurodegenerative disorders.
- Anti inflammatory effects
- Stops seizures
When the two compounds are combined, they work synergistically to produce even more potent and enduring effects. Then add in the body-loving properties of honey, it just may be the perfect food.
Can Bees Make Funny Honey?
In nature, bees cannot pollinate the cannabis plant or use its resin to make honey. However, a Francophone beekeeper called Nicolas ‘Trainerbees’ claims to have trained bees to do just that. The cannabis has no effect on the bees themselves since they do not have an endocannabinoid system. However, the “honey” produced by these bees contains activated cannabis and can be psychoactive. Trainerbees has described a process where bees are trained to turn resin into propolis, not nectar into honey.
Tim Lovett, director of public affairs at the British Beekeepers Association, corroborated these claims by saying that indeed bees can be trained to look for certain compounds, such as resin, from the cannabis plant. He saw this happening in a lab where bees were trained to detect explosives with their tongues. Once the bees collect the resin, they take it back to the hive where they work on it to produce ‘cannabis honey’. This cannabis infused honey can be ingested orally as syrup, spread on bread or used in any other way one loves to use honey.
DIY Cannabis Honey
If you can’t find bees to train to make you some cannabis honey, you can make your own honey at home. Remember that honey is best to work with in warm temperatures. Also, note that cannabinoids do not bind to honey naturally; an oil base will help keep it from separating out. Secondly, you will need to decarboxylate your cannabis before combining with the honey. This is the process of activating the inactive THCa into the psychoactive THC compound. However, if you wish to have your cannabis infused honey as non psychoactive, feel free to skip the decarboxylation step. THCa has it’s own health benefits, as does CBD.
What you will need
- 10-20g of decarboxylated cannabis
- 400g of honey
- A large mason jar
- A large piece of cheesecloth
- Additional herbs (If you wish to add extra flavors)
- Put the decarboxylated cannabis herb in a cheesecloth, tie and place in a jar
- Pour the honey on top
- Place the jar in a bed of hot water; you could use a slow cooker. Let the honey simmer but do not allow it to boil. This could take between 4-8 hours.
- Allow the mixture to cool down then put it in a refrigerator.
Just a Word About Endangered Honey Bees
Honey bees are quite an interesting species; it is remarkable how organized they are. They live in colonies and have their roles split into three. There is the queen bee that basically “runs the show;” she lays eggs and directs the other bees. The worker bees forage for food; these are the ones we see buzzing around. Finally, the drones mate with the queen and female worker bees tend to the hive. Bees are key pollinators for plants on Earth and, unfortunately, honey bees are slowly becoming an endangered species due to reasons such as colony collapse disorder and the use of dangerous pesticides. If this population collapse is to continue, we may lose all the plants that bees pollinate to the point that human survival is at stake.
There are a few simple things that you can do around your house to help the bees: don’t pull the dandelions as these are the first food for bees when they wake up from their winter nap; plant your garden in clusters of flowers to make easy targets for bees; and plan your garden so there are continuous blooms from spring through fall. NEVER use pesticides on your lawn. Why ever would you do that?