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Recipe: How to make cannabis-infused honey

May 17, 2019
cannabis-infused honey
Photo by Kaleena Lindsay
Honey, hi! The possibilities are endless for this versatile cannabis infusion. Use it in lieu of other types of sweetener by incorporating it into your favourite sweet and savoury dishes (think: honey oat muffinschocolate avocado moussesmoothies, and more), or just simply stir the sweet liquid gold into a cup of tea or drizzle over a cheeseboard.

Note: Homemade edibles are very difficult to accurately dose. This guide will give you some tips for more precise dosing, but all DIY cannabis cooks should be aware that there’s no way to guarantee the potency or homogeneity of their batch.

How to Make Cannabis-Infused Honey

Cannabis-infused honey couldn’t be any easier to make. This recipe comes courtesy of The Wellness Soldier Cody Lindsay and requires just two ingredients, indirect heat, and time.

Step by step instructions are provided below but you can also follow along with this video.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of honey
  • 3.5 grams of decarboxylated cannabis

The essential (and often missed) first step: Decarboxylating the cannabis

Before making your infusion, you’ll need to decarboxylate, or “decarb”, the cannabis flower you’re working with. Skipping this step will result in a weak or inactive finished product. Here’s why: Cannabis buds produce a non-intoxicating acidic cannabinoid called THCA. When we smoke or vaporize cannabis, the heat converts THCA into THC, the molecule that delivers euphoric effects. If preparing CBD edibles, this same process should be applied.

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Directions for making a cannabis infusion with honey

  1. Decarb the cannabis. Preheat your oven to 245ºF. Place cannabis buds on a non-stick, oven-safe tray. Cover the tray with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Insert the tray into the oven and set a timer for 30-40 minutes. Older, drier cannabis may require less time. (Tip: you can also set your oven to 300ºF and heat for 10 to 18 minutes, although low-and-slow is the recommended approach when decarbing to better preserve the cannabinoids.) Every 10 minutes, gently mix the buds with a light shake of the tray to expose the surface area of the buds equally.
  2. Combine the cannabis and honey in a double boiler to apply gentle heat on the stove top.
  3. Simmer. Maintain low heat and let the mixture simmer for at least 40 minutes. The mixture should never come to a full boil.
  4. Strain the honey. Set a funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Once the honey has cooled off, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. (Tip: Squeezing the cheesecloth may push more bad-tasting plant material through).
  5. Storing: Honey can be stored in a cool dark area for 1-2 months.
  6. Dose carefully. Refer to dosing information below before adding your honey to any snacks, dishes, or desserts.
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Tips for dosing cannabis infusions

The potency of your infusions depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked to the potency of your starting material. To test the potency of your finished product, try spreading ¼ or ½ teaspoon on a snack and see how that dose affects you after an hour. Decrease or increase dose as desired. You can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes. Click here for more information on why potency is so difficult to measure in homemade cannabis edibles.

Check out The Wellness Soldier for more recipes and to learn about the science behind cooking with cannabis.

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Cody Lindsay

Cody Lindsay is The Wellness Soldier, a veteran, chef, and cannabis advocate.

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  • Love it! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I always use honey and lemon for my sore throat. Never knew I could use my favorite cannabis with it, too.

  • Thomas Craddock

    hey thanks for posting this right, i was looking for an easy decarb temp reference and you gave it up. hat off. tips man.

  • Eda Celis

    The video says to let honey simmer for 6 hours. The written directions say at least 40 minutes. Are one of those a mistake? If not, what’s the difference in the difference?

  • Cannabis is supposed to be mixed with a fat…like coconut oil, or olive oil…how does this work?