In this guide, I will show you how to make a batch of CBD-infused honey that is twice as concentrated as our honey sticks, in 3 easy steps! CBD-infused honey can be a nice addition to tea, a natural sweetener for foods and smoothies, or even a little treat by itself. We will no longer be carrying our Active CBD Oil honey sticks in our stores, but luckily for fans of this product it is very easy to make at home! You will also find that you can save a lot of money by making it yourself, as opposed to buying individual honey sticks.
Here's what you will need:
- CBD isolate powder (can be purchased here, or at any Discover CBD location)
- Honey (any kind will do, but I like using raw local honey)
- A home-made double boiler (a pot of water and a glass jar to sit inside it)
Step 1: Quick Math for Concentration and Dosing
The first and most important step is to decide how concentrated you want your CBD honey to be. To do this you'll need to do a quick calculation to determine the ratio of honey to CBD needed to achieve your desired result.
We determine the concentration of CBD products by dividing the total amount of CBD, by the total fluid volume of the final product. We measure CBD in milligrams (mg), so the concentration is written as ___mg/mL. For example, our 300mg tincture has 30mL of fluid, so its concentration is 10mg/mL, meaning that each milliliter of fluid contains 10mg of CBD. This is how we will measure the concentration of our honey.
We sell CBD isolate powder by the gram, so for this example we will use 1 full gram of powder, equal to 1,000mg of CBD. To make a batch roughly twice as strong as our Active CBD honey sticks, we will need 4oz of honey (about 120mL). Note that you can increase the amount of honey to make a less concentrated product, or decrease the amount of honey to make it more concentrated.
1,000mg divided by 120mL (4oz) equals roughly 8.3mg/mL.
Step 2: Setting up a double boiler
Now that we've decided how much of each ingredient to use (1,000mg of CBD and 4oz of honey), it's time to set up the double boiler and get to work! The reason we use a double boiler is that we do not want to heat the product over a direct heat source, as it is likely to get too hot and burn off the CBD. Instead, we place the jar in a pot of boiling water so that the product gets gently heated by the water.
To set this up, simply place a pot of water on the stove, then place a glass jar or pyrex measuring cup into the water. As an additional safety measure, I place a wash cloth at the bottom of the pot and rest the glass jar on that, rather than letting the glass directly touch the metal bottom of the pot.
Step 3: Infusing your honey with CBD
Pour the pre-determined amount of honey into the jar in your double boiler and allow the water to gently heat it. Then pour in the gram of isolate powder (or however much you want to use) and stir it into the honey while it dissolves. If the CBD powder does not dissolve, you may need to turn up the heat a bit. It is important to sir frequently and ensure that the CBD is evenly distributed in the honey, making a well-homogenized final product.
Once the CBD is completely dissolved and stirred into the honey, remove it from the double boiler and let it cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled, double check to see if any of the powder is left un-dissolved, and if so, repeat this step. Otherwise, your CBD honey is finished and ready to be eaten!