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Kitchen Apothecary – Cannabis Infused Honey & Ganja Chai tea – By Sharon Letts

The Honey I make at home is typically infused with half chamomile and half cannabis. Also referred to as a ‘Buzz-Kill’, the chamomile takes the edge off the THC, the compound within the cannabis plant that causes a psychoactive response – or gets you high.Chamomile also nearly mimics the healing properties of CBD (cannabinol), one of the more popular compounds of the cannabis plant. Also extremely calming, infusing chamomile on its own in honey, without cannabis, is a calming and simple dose for children; specifically for children challenged by Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyper Disorders (ADHD); or anyone on the Autistic Spectrum.

Diagnosed with Thyroid Disease, now in Menopause; also suffering with ADD and anxiety, calming chamomile has made a world of difference to me on a daily basis.

Chamomile is full of phytochemicals, the biologically active compounds found in plants, beneficial to human health; containing 28 different terpenoids and 36 flavonoids – the scent and taste where remedy is found.

Like cannabis, chamomile is a super food, or what I like to call a super plant. Meaning, its beneficial compounds cover a wide range of symptomatic relief for a wide range of ailments, including help for infection, inflammation, pain, bronchial and digestive issues, sleep, and anxiety.

Chamomile is also an antioxidant, with a 93 percent success rate of killing cancer cells in a laboratory, per study (studies and more information on the beneficial properties of chamomile noted on my website, www.sharonletts.com, under Apothecary).Taking one teaspoon of infused honey, whether for sleep or to calm, is a preventative dose on many levels. Adding it to a cannabis infusion, is another way of engaging the entourage effect of prevention and healing throughout the body with a variety of benefits.

This is a basic honey infusion recipe using cannabis, chamomile, or a combination of half and half, as I do. You can use a common crockpot, cook it on a stovetop in a pan with a lid; or a rice cooker, which is the preferred method, as the warm setting will not burn the fragile plant compounds or terpenes – where the remedy is.When using a crockpot or pan on the stovetop, make sure setting is low. Simmer, do not let boil, and stir often.

If you have a machine made specifically for infusing follow the machine directions for amounts, temperatures and time for tincture. I use a Magical Butter Machine™ on the tincture setting, four hours, with a low temperature setting.

I use whole plant including stems, leaf, small buds/flower, getting the whole plant compounds. If you only have trim, crystal leaf is best, as fan leaf has less beneficial compounds. This recipe can be cut down, if needed, compensating for the amount of plant material on hand i.e. if you only have a half a cup of plant material, you would use 2 cups of honey. If you want a weaker dose, use less plant material with a larger amount of honey.

The beauty of Kitchen Apothecary is it’s an organic process. Dosing with beneficial plants is a proactive protocol, depending on the severity of the ailment, and help needed.• 1 C. ground plant material

• (Chamomile flower does not need to be ground, cannabis flowers need to be ground down to the center of the flower/bud.)

• 4 Cups (32 ounces) Honey

• Simmer for four (4) hours; strain, retaining plant material for Chai Tea

Sharon’s Ganja Chai TeaThe plant material you soaked in honey still holds a good amount of beneficial compounds. The following is a spiced chai tea recipe that will still be psychoactive, but not as strong as the first run with the honey.

In Hebrew the definition of chai is life. In India it’s a drink made from black tea, spices and honey – and is one of my favorite drinks. Doubling up on meanings, you could say the medicated chai made from cannabis or other beneficial herbs is a remedy for life.

• Strained plant material from Sharon’s Ganja Honey recipe
• 6 Cups of water
• 1 Heaping Tablespoon of each:
• Whole Cardamom Pods/seeds
• Whole Cloves
• Freshly Chopped Ginger
• Two Cinnamon Sticks
• Star Anise
• Four tea bags… choose black, green, or herbal tea. If you’ll be drinking this tea at night for sleep, use a bedtime tea blend with no caffeine. Traditional chai is made with a strong, black tea with caffeine for daytime use.
• Add plant material to water in a large kettle (with lid) with spices;
• Simmer until tea darkens in color; about one hour.
• When cooled down, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla
• Store in glass Mason jars in the fridge. Tea keeps for several days.
• Serving options: Traditionally milk or cream is added before drinking.

Label each jar with what’s inside. This is important for many reasons. Someone choosing honey for their tea from your cupboard shouldn’t be surprised by the outcome, whether they are copasetic to cannabis or not.

Written and Published By Sharon Letts In Weed World Magazine Issue 143

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