How to Make CBD Infused Honey


Glass Honey Jars

CBD edibles are some of the most convenient ways to ingest this benefit-packed substance. Today edibles come in a variety of consumable forms including chocolates, gummies, oils, and more. Among the wide range of options, honey is one of the most versatile. Honey can be consumed alone or added to foods or drinks like coffee or tea.

Doing some research on pre-packaged CBD honey, you'll quickly find that most of the products out there are quite pricey. In this article, we walk you through how to take your favorite honey source and infuse it with CBD - all while saving money and having complete control over the end product!

What You'll Need

Let's have a look at the ingredients and tools you'll need. This entire process is fairly simple so most of the tools you need will likely already be in your kitchen:

Ingredients:

Honey Ingredients

Tools:

  • Glass measuring cup
  • Medium saucepan
  • Stir stick or small spoon
  • Thermometer
  • Scale (if needed to measure CBD content)

Honey Tools

Determining Potency

Before we start mixing up our honey infusion, we need to do some basic math to determine the potency:

First, we need to define what a serving of honey is. Creating the pictured infusion in this article, we used 24 ounces of Trader Joe's Multi-Floral & Clover. There are 32, one tablespoon servings in the bottle. In reality, this is a bit much per serving. One teaspoon (1/3 tablespoon) is a much more appropriate, and commonly used, serving size for honey. This means our 24 oz bottle contains a total of 96 teaspoons of honey in the bottle.

Next, we need to determine how many grams of CBD should be contained in each serving. Common CBD dosages range from 10-25mg per dose. Because it's easy to take a bit more if the effects aren't strong enough, it's smart to aim at the lower end of the spectrum when determining potency. In this example, we went with a target of 10mg CBD per serving.


Now that we have our desired potency target, we can determine the CBD required for our honey content. Simply multiply by the number of servings by the desired mg per dose to get our required CBD content: 96 servings x 10mg of desired CBD per serving = 960mg of CBD required.

With 960mg being just shy of a gram, we decided to make life easier and use 1,000mg (1g) of CBD in the mix. The extra 40 grams just slightly bump up our potency to 10.4mg of CBD per serving - quick and easy!

How to Make CBD Infused Honey

Once you've determined the potency, purchased your products, and inventoried your tools, it's time to get started.

Before we do though, it's important to understand that CBD does not actually dissolve into honey. When we infuse our honey, what we will create is actually an emulsion where the CBD content is suspended throughout the honey. To accomplish this, we first need to create an oil-based CBD mixture and then combine it with the honey using very low heat.

Important note: do not use the microwave to heat at any point!

Preparing the CBD

CBD naturally takes a crystalline form and using a small amount of carrier oil allows the molecule to bond to the oil and prevents re-crystallization in the honey. To create this oil, we need to heat CBD isolate or a full-spectrum extract together with the oil.

  • Start by filling your saucepan about half full with water and placing the glass measuring cup in it. This creates the double boiler which we will use throughout this process.
  • Using a thermometer to measure the water temperature, heat the water until it reaches about 130-140 degrees Farenheight - the melting point of CBD crystals.
  • Add the CBD isolate or extract content to the glass measuring cup and then add a small amount of oil. We only needed 1/8th of a teaspoon in order to fully dissolve a gram of isolate. If your isolate is in slab form, be sure to crush it up into powder first to make the dissolving process easier.
  • Mix the extract and oil together until fully dissolved. If using an isolate, the end result will be a completely clear oil. If cloudy, you'll need to continue heating and mixing. Using a full-spectrum extract will create a tinted oil that should be slightly runnier than the extract alone.
CBD Isolate Melted in Oil

CBD Isolate Dissolved in MCT Oil

Now that you've prepared the CBD content, it's time to get to mixin'!

Creating the Honey - CBD Infusion

Next, we need to mix the CBD oil and honey. Honey is a health-packed substance that is also sensitive to heat. Overheating honey can potentially ruin the many benefits of the substance. Honey has even been observed in the Ayurvedic community to create toxins when exposed to high heat.

Nature provides a great reference point, since temperatures of 95 degrees Farenheight in the beehive. We will use this as our point of reference when heating the honey to mix in the CBD.

  • You may either flush and refill the water in the saucepan and reheat it, or take it off the burner and wait for the temperature to come down under 95 degrees F.
  • Once the temperature is appropriate, add the honey into the glass measuring cup that contains the CBD oil mixture we created in the previous step.
  • With the measuring cup immersed in the water as a double boiler, adjust the burner to heat the water up to 95 degrees F.
  • Using the thermometer to monitor the temperature of the honey, continue to mix the honey/CBD for 20-30 minutes.
  • Once finished, remove the honey from the water and pour back into the original packaging for storage.
CBD Oil and Honey Mixing

CBD Oil and Honey Mixture

Storage

You can store the mixture in the cabinet but beware of separation. You may or may not run into issues depending on your mixture and storage temperatures. To be safe, you can store the honey mixture in the refrigerator after mixing which will keep any separation or recrystallization from occurring. Before using, be sure to agitate the honey and mix it up well to ensure that the CBD is dispersed evenly.

CBD Infused Honey

Enjoy your CBD-infused honey and leave any questions or comments below!


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