Everyone knows that honey has a plethora of medicinal benefits, ranging from antibacterial to anti-inflammatory properties. Even before penicillin was invented, honey was being used as a potent healing substance, thanks to its naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide component that has the ability to kill bacteria. Active Manuka, considered to be the most potent form of honey, is even approved for wound healing in Australia because of its methylglyoxyl component, which is also responsible for killing germs.
On the other hand, the health benefits of cannabis are just starting to be unraveled, but the plant does offer a lot of promise, including killing cancer cells, soothing asthma, and alleviating chronic pain. Marijuana contains cannabinoids that exhibit antibacterial activity not only to common wounds, but even against MRSA – the resistant strain of staphylococcus aureus more commonly known as “flesh-eating bacteria.”
That is why combining honey and cannabis can bring about a wide range of benefits for the body, creating “a miracle in a bottle.” Known as the honey tincture, the combination of honey and cannabis is a must-have in organic medicine best used for digestive upsets, sore throats, and wound healing.
Though you can buy cannabis-infused from dispensaries, you can also try making your own mixture at home. Here are the steps courtesy of Merry Jane:
Step One: Decarboxylate cannabis.
- Preheat the oven to 240 degrees.
- Spread 1-2 oz of high quality organic sugar trim or buds onto pyrex baking dish.
- Cover with a foil or baking sheet.
- Bake the trim or buds for an hour.
- After baking, cool and store the buds or trims in an airtight container.
Step Two: Make the Infusion.
- Wrap the decarboxylated cannabis in a large piece of double-layered cheesecloth. Tie using a piece of string.
- Place cannabis satchels into the crockpot and add 1-5 pounds of honey.
- Set the crockpot to low and let honey simmer but not boil.
- Keep the heat on for 4-8 hours. Check your honey tincture often and regulate the slow cooker accordingly.
- Turn off the crockpot and let the satchels stay in the mixture overnight.
- Remove the satchels and use them to make cannabis-infused chai tea.
- Pour remaining honey in sterilized jars.
- Refrigerate or freeze for longer shelf life.
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