We all grew up with honey.
Our mothers may have given it to us when we had a cold, or used it to sweeten their tea. They might have served honey-glazed chicken, fish or ham for dinner. We ate Honey Grahams or Honey Nut Cheerios or Honey Bunches of Oats or Bit-O-Honey candy bars. It was great to pour over pancakes, French toast, oatmeal, or a bowl of fruit and nuts. Honey has always been a part of our lives, and a honey bear has been a constant fixture on our shelves.
CBD, on the other hand, is the “flavor of the day.” Since it surged into the public consciousness out of nowhere a few years ago, we now have CBD gummies and candies, CBD bath salts, CBD lip balm, even CBD doggie treats. And CBD stores have popped up on every other street corner.
One is a lifelong favorite and the other is the new kid on the block. What in the world could honey and CBD have in common?
In truth, quite a bit. They’re both readily available, they’re both easy to consume – and most importantly, they each provide important health benefits.
So it was only natural for companies (or DIYers) to mix the two, creating a new product: CBD honey.
Should you be stopping at one of those ubiquitous CBD stores, or visiting an online site, to grab some of this sweet, magical elixir?
It might be a very good idea.
The Health Benefits of Honey
Aside from every mother’s heartfelt belief that it can calm sore throats and treat the common cold, it’s common knowledge that natural honey – particularly raw honey – is good for you.
- Honey is rich in antioxidants: Compounds in honey like polyphenols and organic acids contain as many antioxidants as many vegetables and fruits. They protect the body against free radical damage which can contribute to diseases like cancer, while also helping to lower blood pressure.
- Honey is an antibacterial and antifungal agent: The hydrogen peroxide and phytonutrients in honey are believed to boost the body’s immunity and cancer-fighting abilities.
- Honey is a powerful prebiotic: It supports the important “good” bacteria which live in the gut, and as an antibiotic it helps fight “bad” bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.
- Honey is heath-healthy: Studies have shown that consuming small amounts of honey can reduce bad LDL cholesterol while raising good HDL cholesterol, while also lowering triglyceride levels and increasing blood flow to the heart.
- Honey can suppress coughs: But your mother’s been telling you that for years.
Those are more than enough reasons to add at least a spoonful of honey, preferably organic and/or raw wildflower honey, to your regular diet. But why stop there?
The Health Benefits of CBD
If you don’t know much about CBD, it is not marijuana or THC. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of 113 compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants. Both THC and CBD have nearly-identical chemical makeups but CBD is not psychoactive, so those using it don’t experience the “high” associated with pot.
And while the legal status of marijuana and THC are in flux, as more and more states (led by Colorado) legalize both medical and recreational use, the FDA has not banned the sale or use of CBD as long as it’s not marijuana-derived, making it widely available throughout the United States. (Since most CBD is derived from hemp flowers and stems, many vendors refer to it as hemp oil or hemp extract to avoid any legal issues that may develop. But actual hemp seed oil doesn’t contain high levels of CBD, so be careful what you’re buying.)
Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, substances which interact specifically with cannabinoid receptors in the human brain and body. That’s an important fact, because the interaction allows both compounds to provide important medical benefits, including pain relief. CBD does so, though, without causing the temporary cognitive changes usually caused by ingesting THC.
The medical benefits of marijuana have been discussed widely over the last few years, although solid scientific research for many of the claimed advantages is somewhat scanty. But most of the same benefits can be experienced by consuming CBD.
- CBD can provide noticeable pain relief: Cannabinoid receptors interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is involved in the reduction of inflammation in the body and regulating important functions and reactions like immunity, sleep and pain. Widely-varying types of pain caused by serious medical conditions like cancer and arthritis, and chronic medical conditions like migraine and fibromyalgia, respond positively to the introduction of CBD into the body.
- CBD can relieve stress and anxiety: It’s an effective alternative for those who use prescription medication for depression and anxiety, in conjunction with a doctor’s advice.
- CBD may help those with neurological diseases: Tests have been positive for the use of CBD to treat patients with diseases like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
- CBD is being tested, with positive initial results, for other medical issues: Research indicates that high blood pressure, heart disease, serious mental disorders like schizophrenia, diabetes and even cancer may respond well to treatment with CBD.
There are many ways to consume CBD, and a wide number of CBD products have been developed. Among them are CBD resin and oil which can be vaporized or smoked, there are edibles and topically-applied creams and lotions, CBD tinctures and sprays can be placed under the tongue, and even some supplements include CBD (although the FDA does yet not allow it in supplementary dietary products like pills and powders).
However, the tastiest choice, and one which provides many additional health benefits, is CBD honey (sometimes referred to as hemp honey).
The Miracle of CBD Honey
CBD honey is honey which has been infused with CBD oil. The highest-quality products combine CBD extracted from organic hemp with natural honey. The most effective ones use full-spectrum CBD, which contains all of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
That does mean there’s a tiny amount of THC in full-spectrum CBD, but not enough to create major psychoactive effects or cause legal problems. You can buy CBD isolates (or honey containing them) which contain only CBD, but their medical benefits aren’t as great.
As a healthy alternative to sugar, CBD-infused honey is perfect for use as a sweetener in tea, an ingredient in cooking or baking, a topping for bread, toast or oatmeal, in snack form as CBD honey sticks, or straight from the jar.
Those in search of pain relief, help with anxiety or sleeping issues, or non-prescription treatments for everything from migraines to cancer, have found that CBD honey is a double-barreled solution that’s both effective and delicious.
(Honey isn’t the only product which can provide supercharged health benefits with the addition of CBD; CBD-infused organic coconut oil is another anti-inflammatory product which can be used in the kitchen in a variety of ways in the kitchen, to create delicious foods that will delight your palate and help your body.)