How To Make A Honey Infused Cannabis Tincture At Home
Home remedies using infused cannabis are gaining popularity due to their effectiveness and their ease of use. Combining honey with specially prepared cannabis makes a sweet and powerful tincture.
Honey and cannabis are two of nature’s gifts that have long played a part in our development as a society. They have proven to be useful for both recreational purposes as well as relief of minor ailments. Together they make an incredible tincture.
The use of honey as a medicine goes back as far as the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. While Egyptian hieroglyphs often depict images of the bee, the earliest illustrations of beekeeping date back to 7000 BC. It was the discovery of Egyptian records that showed how widespread the collection of bees and harvesting of honey had become. It was used as a healing aid for sores and ulcers, and consumed in syrups and elixirs for general health. These practices spread to the Greek Islands where Hippocrates himself combined honey and other ingredients to make topical ointments. As science revisits history’s embrace of honey as a medicine, society is once again looking to harness its beneficial properties. Combining honey and cannabis will allow you to access their healing properties in this sweet and easy to make tincture.
Honey itself is an incredible creation of nature. It has the ability to sustain life, containing all of the essential elements required to survive. Honey has been found to have incredible anti-inflammatory qualities and is able to kill most bacteria and pathogens. The US Food and Drug Administration actually approved a honey based product for use in treating ulcers and skin abrasions. Needless to say, honey has a rich history of medicinal use.
While studies are currently underway, many nations have already acknowledged the historical use of cannabis for its medicine-like properties. Some places like Colorado in the US, allow for the purchase of cannabis under the direction of a doctor. It is believed that the THC and CBD found in cannabis hold the keys to its potential for use in medicine. Many consumers claim that cannabis helps with a range of ailments from chronic pain to nausea. Some claim to use cannabis in order to get off of harmful prescription drugs. Learning to use cannabis for homemade remedies is a safe and effective way to find natural relief.
PREPARING YOUR CANNABIS
If you want to eat your cannabis, or the goodies you make from it, then you must put your herbs through a process called decarboxylation. Without getting all technical, the decarb process involves converting the non-psychoactive THCA into its psychoactive offspring, THC. It’s not as hard as it sounds. All it takes is a little heat. In order to achieve this, you need to slightly cook your weed. As always we’d recommend a Pyrex dish, but a metal baking pan will do.
1. Set your oven to 120°C. Make sure to pre-heat your oven until the desired temperature is reached.
2. Evenly spread your cannabis around your pan. Depending on how potent you want your tincture, use at least one ounce or more. Make sure you are using shake or finely ground bud.
3. Cover your baking pan with aluminium foil
4. Place your baking sheet in the oven for 30 minutes.
That wasn’t so hard, was it? Even you can be a cannabis chemist in your kitchen with having to get the degree. Since you are going to be using this newly decarboxylated cannabis for your tincture, you shouldn’t have to worry about storing it. If you do decide to put some way for later, always use an airtight glass jar. Now that you have your cannabis ready to go, let’s move on to making the tincture.
INFUSING YOUR HONEY
You will need:
- Cheese cloth
- A slow cooker
- Decarboxylated cannabis
1. Take your decarb cannabis and wrap it in a thick or double wrapped cheesecloth. Fasten your cloth so as to keep your cannabis inside. You can do this by twisting or tying the ends. What you are really looking to do is make a large weed teabag.
2. Place your carefully fastened weed-bag into your slow cooker. Depending on how potent you are looking to make it, you can add anywhere from 500g to 2kg of honey. The less honey, the more potent.
3. Place your temperature dial to low. You don’t want to cook your tincture too high as it will boil and burn, leaving you with a hot sticky mess.
4. Depending on how hot your slow cooker gets, you will want to let your honey and cannabis satchel simmer for anywhere from 4-8 hours. Stir occasionally to get good coverage. Check on it periodically to make sure it is not boiling. If it is, you can turn the slow cooker off for a short while.
5. After the tincture is done cooking it needs to cool. Feel free to leave your savoury creation overnight to ensure it is cool enough to handle.
6. After it has cooled, remove your cheesecloth bag of decarb cannabis. It is going to be fully saturated so you will want to squeeze the remaining honey back into your slow cooker.
7. Pour your tincture into as many airtight jars as it takes.
8. Once your tincture is complete and jarred up, be sure to refrigerate it for long term storage.
Now that your cannabis infused honey tincture is complete, you can add it to coffee or tea or any recipe that you like. You will enjoy the soothing effects of the tincture any way you consume it. For more information on cannabis home remedies, check out our article on cannabis tinctures.
Now that you’ve whipped up a fresh batch of cannabis-infused honey, it’s time to put it to use. Of course, you could always add it directly to warm drinks and food items—or you could create some honey sticks for long-term storage and easy administration! Cannabis honey sticks are super easy to craft, and make the sweet extract very portable and simple to use. Simply snip off the top of the packet and squeeze the extract into drinks or directly into the mouth when on the go.
MAKING CANNABIS-INFUSED HONEY STICKS
Making honey sticks really is simple. All you need is the following:
• Cannabis-infused honey
• Air syringe
• Clear straws
• Heat sealer
Apart from the heat sealer, everything on this list is cheap and easy to come across. If you already have a heat sealer at home, that’s great! If not, you can purchase them for fairly cheap, and they have a whole bunch of other uses besides making honey sticks.
1. To begin, you’ll need to turn on your heat sealer and remove several straws from the packaging. Place one end of each straw onto the element of the heat sealer and close the lid. Depending on the model you’re using, the sealer may make a noise for several seconds that indicates the process is complete, or may require you to press a button once the lid is shut.
2. Next up is the filing process. This can be done using pipettes or a squeeze bottle, but using an air syringe will ensure an easy and far less-messy process. Poke the end of the syringe into your jar or bottle of cannabis-infused honey and extract the desired quantity. Inject the extract into the open end of each straw.
3. Now that your straws are full, you’ll need to seal the honey extract inside. Place the open end of each straw back onto the heating element and repeat the process detailed above.
All done! It’s as easy as that. Now you’re prepared for rapid and sweet doses of THC and CBD at home or on the go!The healing properties of honey and cannabis combine to form an incredible and easy to make tincture.
Cannabis honey tincture
There’s only one insect that produces a food eaten by humans. Bees. And honey, their incredible product, is the only food source that contains all of the vital enzymes, vitamins, minerals and water that sustain life. It’s no wonder that this incredible substance has been revered for its medicinal value for thousands of years. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it excellent for wound care, treating coughs and even boosting memory.
It’s clear that honey is incredible in its own right, but infusing it with cannabis may make it even more of a healing powerhouse. Some doctors are claiming that the cannabinoid CBD may be effective at suppressing an overactive immune response triggered by influenza or even ebola.
And who wouldn’t want to put that in their tea and stir it (especially during the upcoming cold and flu season)?
Making a honey and cannabis tincture is simple and you can freeze it to store a big batch. I usually make mine in a slow cooker after fall harvest, but have tried it in a Magical Butter machine and in a double boiler. I prefer the slow cooker for big batches and the double boiler for smaller ones.
If you’d like to get culinarily creative or would like to add herbs to compliment your honey, you can add dried lavender, chamomile, sage, rosemary, thyme, vanilla, or cinnamon to your satchel of decarboxylated cannabis. Or you can make a big batch of marijuana honey tincture and then make a bunch of different flavors by infusing them all separately.
The Importance of Decarboxylation in Honey Tincture Making
This honey and cannabis tincture is effective because the cannabis has already been decarboxylated. This process, that typically uses heat to transform the non-psychoactive THC into THCA, is simple and just requires an extra step before infusing your honey. If you want a less psychoactive tincture, you can skip the decarboxylation process and go straight to the slow cooker step.
Honey and Cannabis Tincture Method
Step 1: Decarboxylation
- Preheat oven to 240°
- Spread onto a pyrex baking dish (or a baking sheet if it’s what you have on hand): 1-2 oz. of high quality organic sugar trim or buds
- Cover with foil or another baking sheet. Bake trim/buds for 1 hour.
- Cool and store in an airtight container until use. You can scrape off any leftover decarboxylated keif in your pyrex dish by using an old gift card, credit card or ID.
Step 2: Infusion
- Wrap decarboxylated cannabis in a large piece of double layered cheesecloth and tie using an old twist tie or a piece of string.
- Place the satchel of cannabis into the crockpot and add: 1- 5 lb container of honey (local if possible or if you’re using this tincture to alleviate allergy symptoms)
- Set the slow cooker to low. Honey may simmer a bit, but should never come to a boil. Check your tincture often and switch the slow cooker to warm or off if it gets too hot.
- Keep the heat on for 4-8 hours. Turn off the crockpot and let your satchel stay in the mixture until cool or overnight.
- Remove and save the satchel and make some cannabis infused chai tea.
- Pour honey into sterilized mason jars. Refrigerate or freeze for longer shelf life.
I like to have a bit of honey at room temperature for adding to teas, coffee and smoothies, but I keep larger amounts in the refrigerator where they seem to store indefinitely. I haven’t had a batch go bad yet, but it’s possible that’s because everyone loves honey tincture and even big batches don’t last for very long.Find out what you should know about this delicious treat. ]]>