Cannabis honey is certainly gaining popularity – but that’s not entirely surprising given the history honey has with health enthusiasts and nature lovers combined with the growing popularity of cannabis and the rising awareness of the threat to the bee population.
Before we look at for different brands of honey that infuse cannabis into their products, let’s define how we are going to use “cannabis”. Cannabis is most often viewed as marijuana, however hemp falls into the cannabis category as well. Legally, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less THC, while marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC. CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana plants. Aug 27, 2020
The cannabis honey used in the examples below were all infused using hemp or CBD, are legal in most states, and typically does not require a medical prescription. And just as all fine chefs, bakers, “infusiasts” and foodies will tell you – ingredients matter.
Here are three different kinds of cannabis infused honey:
- Full – spectrum CBD infused honey
- Broad – spectrum CBD infused honey
- Hemp extract honey
Full – Spectrum Cannabis CBD Infused Honey
Some honey companies choose to use full-spectrum CBD with their honey. If an extract is full spectrum, this means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant, including CBD, trace cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Full-spectrum extracts from hemp also come with a negligible THC content — below 0.3%
The full spectrum of the active compounds extracted from hemp work together to amplify the health benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This phenomenon is referred to as the entourage effect.
Although non-psychoactive, full-spectrum CBD can give you a false positive during a drug test, especially if you consume high doses of CBD oil daily.
Vermont Pure CBD offers a honey with full-spectrum CBD oil in a 250 mg or 500 mg size.
Broad – Spectrum Cannabis CBD Infused Honey
Broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all the other compounds within the plant, save for THC, which is completely removed after the initial extraction. Because broad-spectrum extracts contain multiple cannabinoids, they also produce the “entourage effect,” but without the THC.
It has been observed that a full-spectrum CBD can have a rather bad aftertaste – some have likened it to “rope” or a strong “hemp” flavor thus ultimately ruining the sweet taste of the honey. By using broad-spectrum CBD, the THC is removed – taking with it the strong hemp taste.
After careful consideration and testing, Florida Honey Pot Farms decided to specifically use broad-spectrum CBD due to its superior flavor profile. In addition to broad-spectrum CBD, the women-owned and run company infuses botanical terpenes into their honey as well. While terpenes are naturally found in the cannabis plant, these aromatic compounds are found in a wide variety of plants that promote health and well-being. Their propriety formulas are available in: Bee Chill, Bee Immune and Bee Fluid in both 500 mg CBD and 1000 mg CBD sizes.
Hemp Extract Cannabis Honey
A quick note about the difference between CBD and hemp – CBD is made using the leaves, flowers, buds and stalks of the hemp plant. Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds and contains little to no CBD. Hemp seed oil is still good for you, though. Like other carrier oils (think olive or sunflower seed oil), hemp seed oil is high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega fatty acids. It just might be a better option if skincare is your goal versus aches and pains.
Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds. In one serving of hemp seeds (3 tablespoons), you’ll find the following:
- Calories: 170
- Calories from fat: 108
- Total fat: 12 grams
- Saturated fat: 1 grams
- Trans fat: 0 grams
- Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 0 grams
- Total carbohydrates: 5 grams • Sugars: 1 grams
- Protein: 10 grams
Beekeeper’s Naturals uses hemp extract in their B. Chill product – available with 20 mg per serving in a 125 g or 230 g jar.
Whether you are stirring a spoonful into your morning coffee or tea or drizzling it over ice cream, cannabis honey is a great addition to your daily routine. It also makes a nice gift to give to someone special. To learn more about infusing honey, read our blog here.