No, we can not talk about hemp honey: here’s why
Does hemp honey exist?
Let’s get it straight: no, it does not exist.
So you might be wondering why there is a lot of talk about it on the web, right?
The reason is simple.
True, it is possible to obtain a honey-like product with cannabis ingredients. However, one cannot properly speak of ‘cannabis honey’ because the plant does not produce nectar.
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To address this confusion that has arisen, we will now seek clarity.
In fact, in this article, we will see what cannabis honey is, why many companies sell it and why it is not a good idea to make it at home.
Let’s cut to the chase: why we cannot talk about hemp honey
There have been a lot of talks lately about the various products that could be made from hemp… Including honey.
If you have taken a trip around the web and consulted the various sites, you will undoubtedly have noticed that many are selling this preparation. But, in contrast, others provide the ‘perfect recipe for making it at home.
Let’s get it straight: you cannot talk about hemp honey, and the reason is simple.
Honey is only defined as such when bees produce it from nectar. On the other hand, the hemp plant does not produce this substance, only pollen.
If bees feed near this plant, then there may be traces of hemp pollen in the honeys, but this does not make the honey a ‘hemp honey.
That’s right. You read that correctly.
Keep in mind that, according to the EEC directive 22 July 1974, honey is classified as:
“a food product which domestic bees produce from the nectar of flowers or secretions from living parts of plants or found on them, which they forage, process, combine with their specific substances, store and allow to mature in the honeycombs of the hive”.
At this point, the question arises: if, therefore, hemp honey does not exist, why is there so much talk about it on the web?
Let us try to answer this question.
But then why do some companies sell hemp honey?
As mentioned earlier, some manufacturers feed bees with hemp pollen and CBD or THC oils. In some cases, sugary substances are sprayed directly on the hemp flowers to attract insects and help them ‘store’ the hemp’s biological material.
By doing so, it is possible to obtain this honey.
If you have already had a look at the product descriptions, you will have noticed that numerous benefits are listed.
Here are some examples:
- it is a healthy substitute for sugar;
- it has antibacterial properties;
- protects against allergies;
- it fights inflammation.
While it is true that CBD has many properties, it would be incorrect to speak of ‘hemp honey benefits’ precisely because the nomenclature is incorrect.
DIY hemp honey: I’ll tell you why it’s a bad idea
The web contains articles that provide the best recipe for replicating hemp honey ad hoc.
However, it is essential to emphasise one thing.
Since this product contains cannabinoid ingredients, attempting to make it home could have serious legal consequences.
Having made this clarification, let us now see how to make ‘hemp honey’ for the more curious, although this is for information purposes only.
The most essential step in making hemp honey is to decarboxylate cannabis. Only the ‘precursor’ of THC, the cannabinoid THCA (not psychoactive), is present in non-decarboxylated marijuana.
Heating cannabis at low temperatures for an extended period converts THCA into THC.
That said, here are the tools you would need
- non-stick baking tray;
- butter paper;
- water bath;
- strainer; plastic or metal sieve or cheesecloth;
- preserving jar or tin.
As ingredients, you need two cups of honey and some dried, unground cannabis sprouts.
Because cannabis-infused honey must be filtered, you should not have any small pieces that could slip through the sieve and end up in the final product. So instead, you can break the flowers into smaller pieces with your fingers, paying attention to the mesh size of the strainer.
Well, at this point, let’s look at the cannabis honey recipe:
- decarboxilise the cannabis;
- preheat the oven to 118°C, cover the tray with greaseproof paper and place the dried cannabis buds on it;
- after placing the tray in the oven, set a timer for about 30-40 minutes;
- every 10 minutes or so, gently stir the buds to ensure that the surfaces are exposed to the heat as evenly as possible;
- place the honey and decarboxylated marijuana in the pot;
- simmer the mixture for at least 40 minutes;
- strain the honey mixture by placing a cheesecloth or strainer over the storage jar.
The honey can be stored for up to two months and should be kept in a cool, dark, dry place.
In this article, we have seen why it is impossible to talk about hemp honey.
However, it is possible to find it on the Internet because several producers feed their bees with cannabis pollen, a substance they (apparently) love.
Next, we looked at the recipe for this honey for the more curious.
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