CBD honey used to be considered an unusual CBD product. Honey has existed for thousands of years and has been used for its nutritional and health benefits. Following suit with adding CBD to food items, it’s also being added to honey. What is CBD honey? How do you use it? How is it made? We’ll discuss all of that in this guide along with 6 different ways to use CBD honey. We encourage you to get creative and replace your regular honey with CBD honey in your favorite applications.
What is CBD Honey?
CBD honey is just as it sounds – honey that has been infused with CBD. It’s a great way to include CBD in snacks, desserts and your evening cup of hot tea. Honey is often used to soothe a sore throat, so if you take a spoonful of honey for that reason and it’s CBD honey, you’ll get a little CBD too depending on how much of the cannabinoid is in the container.
It is important to read the description and package to see how many milligrams of CBD are in the CBD honey. Also review the suggested serving of honey on the package. This will help you determine how much CBD you should expect to ingest in a single serving.
There are several different types of honey:
It is important to read information about each type of honey before using it. Not all honeys are ideal for use as-is, some are best used in baking applications – like buckwheat honey. If you must watch your sugar intake, it is also ideal to take a look at how much sugar is in each serving. Honey does typically have a lot of sugar in it, so if your diet restricts your ingestion of sugar, take that into consideration too. We should also mention that this is a different kind of sugar – honey is a simple sugar, so speak with your physician but they may okay a little honey every now and then.
Health Benefits of Honey
Honey does have health benefits. The nectar produced by bees has nearly 600 different compounds. Many of these compounds have benefits that might help your body. Some call honey a superfood.
Below are some of the known health benefits of this sweet, sticky food.
This “liquid gold” has been researched and some research indicates that it may help with ulcers and gastroenteritis that is bacterial. This may be, in part, due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. When the nectar is released by the bees, the bees add an enzyme to the nectar that creates hydrogen peroxide, which may aid in supporting some gastrointestinal issues.
Soothes a Sore Throat
As we mentioned previously, honey helps soothe a sore throat. The thick, sticky consistency coats the throat. It’s said that buckwheat honey may be the ideal option when you have a cough that is irritating your throat or just a sore throat.
Great for Skin and Hair
Honey and milk are often used together for use on your skin. You can also mix CBD honey with milk in your homemade skincare products. It’s said that honey may help skin feel smooth.
Some research exists regarding honey and dermatitis where honey was shown to be helpful in calming the skin. Crude honey was shown to be more successful. Some of the results indicated that the use of honey for seborrheic dermatitis may help improve symptoms.
That same study also indicated that crude honey may help with hair loss. The study’s results indicated that less hair loss was experienced when honey was applied to the scalp on a weekly basis.
Interestingly, this sticky substance is also being touted for its ability to help treat minor wounds. It has been found to have antimicrobial properties, which helps prevent bacteria from causing infections. It may also help reduce the odor that can come from some malodorous wounds.
Additional uses for honey when it comes to wound care:
- Speeds up the healing process
- Stimulates tissues within the wound
- Initiates the healing process in wounds in dormant stages
- Promotes moist wound healing
Some research has backed up this information. Honey may become more prevalent in alternative care options as it is seen for its medicinal applications. Much of the existing research has been conducted in the U.K.
3 Ways to Use CBD Honey
We’ve told you about the benefits of honey; now let’s give you some ideas for using CBD honey. From these ideas, you may even come up with a few of your own.
Honey-Infused Iced Tea
When you’re making a refreshing glass of iced tea in the summer, use CBD honey instead of sugar to sweeten it. Adding in slices of lemon and lime give it a refreshing citrus flavor. Fresh raspberries, strawberries or mangoes are also a great addition to your typical cup of iced tea.
Use CBD crystals to make a simple syrup and infuse that with honey if you’d like.
Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
Instead of adding all of those cups of powdered sugar to your cream cheese frosting (2 – 4 cups depending on the recipe), use a tablespoon or two of CBD honey instead. This adds a rich sweetness to the frosting that also helps keep it workable, even when chilled.
Honey cream cheese frosting goes really well with a honey and raspberry or honey and lemon cake.
Glaze for Ham and Chicken
When you’re using CBD honey for a hot application, it’s best to do so when dish is just about done and the heat will be turned off. Although honey is a great protector for the cannabinoid, high heat can still deplete it. So, if you want to use honey in a glaze with orange zest, soy sauce and ginger (as a suggestion), add it when you’re just letting the meat rest with indirect heat to protect the CBD.
CBD honey has a lot of uses. We’ve suggested a few. You may not have been aware of all of the potential benefits of honey, but studies show that these properties and benefits to the body exist. Have you heard of honey being this beneficial to your body?