Honey Oil: Uses, Benefits and How to Make
In the past ten years, honey oil has become extremely popular in new corners of the world, although the benefits of this essential oil have been known for centuries. Honey oil is actually another name for hash oil, the concentrated oleoresin that is derived from the cannabis plant, the most popular species of which is Cannabis sativa. This sticky, potent-smelling oil is acquired through a solvent extraction method, and can then be processed into a number of different forms. In the past, cannabis and cannabis-derived products have been subject to different levels of legalization around the world; therefore, some countries have far more diversity in the types of honey oil they produce.
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What is Honey Oil?
The base of any honey oil, however, is highly concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the base ingredients of most marijuana strains, in addition to CBD and various other beneficial cannabinoids. THC has had a significant amount of research done on it, and it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, analgesic, anxiolytic, sedative, relaxing, immune system-boosting and detoxifying properties. There are certain psychoactive effects, which is why the legality of cannabis and honey (hash) oil remain hotly debated issues in many countries. With that in mind, only attempt to grow, produce or purchase honey oil in countries where this substance is legal or decriminalized.
The THC and CBD concentrations in honey oil can range from as low as 10% to as high as 90%, which means that the potency can be extreme – and effective! As mentioned, in recent years, the production of honey oil, particularly in the United States, has pushed the quality and potency of this oil to new heights, which is why it has become so popular for a number of health benefits it offers.
Benefits of Honey Oil (Hash Oil)
Some of the incredible benefits of honey oil include reducing stress and depression, improving vision, healing the skin, protecting heart health and aiding sleep, preventing cancer, eliminating pain and inflammation, stimulating the appetite, boosting brain function, among others.
Improves Heart Health
Research has shown that high levels of cannabinoids can help to reduce blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and arteries, which can lessen the strain on the heart and lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular complications.
One of the most exciting findings about honey oil is its potential role in preventing and treating cancer. Dozens of studies have found positive links between cannabis oil and reductions in tumor size and slowing the spread of various cancers. It can also reduce pain, stimulate the appetite, lower depression and eliminate nausea, all of which are commonly associated with most varieties of this disease, including colon, prostate, breast, brain, thyroid and pituitary cancer.
Relief from Pain
The analgesic properties of honey oil that is high in CBD is well documented. In fact, highly concentrated hash oil can even reduce the crippling pain of chemotherapy for people who have already been diagnosed with cancer.
Lowering inflammation in the joints and muscles, as well as organ systems and blood vessels, makes honey oil a full-body tonic for a number of conditions, ranging from arthritis and gout to migraines, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and insomnia.
Stimulates Brain Function
For people who are at high risk of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, the high content of THC in honey oil can help to stimulate brain activity and keep those neural pathways clear, rather than being blocked or impaired by beta amyloid deposition.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
The cannabinoids found in honey oil are able to block stress receptors in certain parts of the brain, making it easier to relax and clear your mind, whether it is simply a long day or work or a chronic condition of anxiety.
Treats Sleep Disorders
Insomnia is something that millions of people struggle with, but many studies have found honey oil to be an effective sedative, capable of emptying the mind and promoting undisturbed nights of sleep. This will leave you refreshed in the morning and give your body the chance it needs to recover and prepare for the next day!
If you use a highly diluted form of honey oil on the skin, it can help to clear up topical inflammation, such as psoriasis, eczema and rosacea, while also treating localized pain and discomfort. Furthermore, it can help treat dry skin and speed the healing process for wounds or scars.
Following an extended illness, injury, or traumatic life change, depression can be quite common, but honey oil can help release “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain that can counter periods of sadness and depression. It can also help balance hormonal levels if that is the reason for your depressive symptoms.
Although many people are trying to lose weight, the use of honey oil can help increase the level of hunger hormones (ghrelin) in the body. After an injury, illness or surgery, or to counter the effects of a hyperactive thyroid gland, the appetite-stimulating properties of hash oil can be very beneficial!
How to Make Honey Oil
If you want to make your own honey oil at home, it will require some effort but the long-term benefits will be worth it. To begin with, you will need to decide which type of honey oil you want to make – one that is high in CBD (commonly associated with medicinal treatment) or THC (commonly associated with psychoactive, “high” effects). A strain of cannabis that is high in THC will create honey oil that is high in THC, and the same is true of CBD.
Once you select the strain of cannabis that you desire, you will need to remove all the stems, seeds and sticks – basically, anything that isn’t pure, green, crystal-laden buds of the plant. To extract the active compounds into the oil, you can use any number of solvent, all of which have their pros and cons. For example, some solvents are inexpensive and easy to access, but may be more difficult to fully remove from the oil, compromising taste or quality. Other solvents are more expensive and easier to separate, but release dangerous fumes during the production process. Whatever avenue you choose, proper safety precautions and thorough research is highly recommended. You should wear safety goggles, maintain a clean workspace, ventilate the room with open windows and fans, or perform these steps outside.
The recipe below is a rather standard, inexpensive option.
- 1 ounce of high-quality cannabis buds
- Everclear alcohol (151 proof)
Step 1 – Add the cannabis to a glass mixing bowl.
Step 2 – Pour enough alcohol over the cannabis to cover the buds.
Step 3 – Stir the cannabis and oil for 3-4 minutes, which will release the valuable cannabinoids.
Step 4 – Strain the plant matter out of the oil using cheesecloth, ensuring that as much oil as possible is poured through. Squeeze the cheesecloth bundle to remove as much oil as possible.
Step 5 – Take the bundle of cannabis buds and return them to the glass mixing bowl. Repeat Steps 2-4 to remove even more cannabinoids from the plant matter.
Step 6 – Empty the two loads of THC-infused alcohol into a rice cooker.
Step 7 – Do not fill the rice cooker more than 3/4 full and leave the cover off (this is why proper ventilation in the room is required).
Step 8 – Turn the rice cooker on high and begin burning off the solvent.
Step 9 – The liquid will already be green in color but once it becomes thick and dark green in color, carefully remove the rice cooker pot from the larger machine.
Step 10 – Stir the mixture slowly, and wait for the bubbles to stop rising to the top.
Step 11 – Using a flexible plastic spatula, scrape out the honey oil onto a sheet of wax paper.
Step 12 – This sticky, viscous material can now be used for medicinal purposes, whether through smoking, ingestion or vaporization.