After we relaunched HumanityHealthCBD.com, I was helping the owners Brent and Tracy count the in store inventory, when Brent came across a 6 oz jar of Colorado Hemp Honey Ginger Soothe. Our customers had been passing on that specific jar because the hemp honey had crystallized; I knew that the honey was salvageable, so I ended up bringing it home with me, and promised to write a review. How did I know the hemp honey was salvageable?
I have a Google alert that emails me new news stories about mummies, and recently National Geographic published an article about a group of archaeologists that found perfectly edible 3,000 year old pots of honey in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Reading the article reminded me that my wife and I had purchased a liter of honey from the Brownsburg Farmers Market, and about half of the unused honey was sitting in our pantry, crystallized. If archaeologists can restore 3,000 old mummy honey to its original form, then the hemp honey and the year old honey in my pantry could certainly be saved. Turns out, all you need to safely decrystallize honey is a bit of carefully applied heat. Thanks mummies!
Decrystallizing Raw Honey VS Decrystallizing Pasteurized Honey
After spending some time educating myself on the internet (this is a reasonable thing to do, right?) I’m going to say that if your raw honey crystallizes, you should just accept it, and use that honey in warm food and beverage applications only. Why? Raw honey is more expensive than pasteurized honey, and if you’re paying a premium for a better product (raw honey), you’ll want to keep that product as unspoiled as possible.
According to the Asheville Bee Charmer:
“Pollen, propolis, antioxidants, and enzymes found in raw honey are destroyed at temperatures above 110°F. Heating honey higher than 140°F degrades the quality of the honey and temperatures above 160°F caramelize the sugars.”
Another consideration is flavor. Every time you apply heat to your honey, it loses some of its flavor, so decrystallize your raw honey with restraint. My recommendation is something similar to the sous vide method, which is a precision temperature controlled water bath. If you don’t happen to have a sous vide machine lying around the house, you can always use a standard hot water bath, just make sure you have a thermometer, and take care not to heat your honey past 110°F.
Pasteurized honey is honey that has been heated from 145°F to 150°F for thirty minutes, and in the process lost all of the nutrients, bacteria, and enzymes that you paid for in your raw honey. Pasteurized honey is more ideal for your grocery store shelf since it is filtered (so it’s prettier to look at), and it doesn’t crystallize as quickly as raw honey so it can remain on the grocery store shelf for longer periods of time. Since pasteurized honey likely lost some of its flavor (due to the high heat), high fructose corn syrup was likely added to help boost the flavor. Listen, I have a 40oz jug of Kroger Honey sitting at my home coffee station, and if this honey happens to crystallize I’m not going to have many concerns about applying heat to it. I purchased this honey as a sugar substitute, and since high heat has already killed the aforementioned enzymes and such, heat away, just not in the microwave, OK?
Back to Hemp Honey, How Does Hemp Honey Taste?
By the spoon, on its own, Colorado Hemp Honey definitely has a hemp flavor which I can only describe as earthy. Like, springtime at the outdoor Lowe’s Garden Center earthy. I realize that doesn’t sound like a glowing review, but if you're spending your hard earned money on this honey based on my review, I really want you to know what to expect. Tasting the hemp honey on its own really changed the direction I was going to go with this honey. My initial thoughts were that honey and ginger go well in a honey sriracha glaze, and now I know that’s completely ridiculous. Please make some honey sriracha chicken, it’s absolutely delicious, just don’t use Colorado Hemp Honey in that recipe!
How to Use Hemp Honey
No matter how good honey sriracha chicken sounds (trust me, it’s delicious), no matter how many recipes the Colorado Hemp Honey has to offer, please, do not use hemp honey as an ingredient in a recipe, especially in a large recipe intended for more than just you. Colorado Hemp Honey is 100% pure, raw, unfiltered Rocky Mountain honey with Colorado grown full-spectrum hemp, and it is best used on its own or as a complimentary ingredient. Here’s how I used mine:
- Hot Tea: I’m a big tea drinker, sweet tea and hot tea. I honestly can’t remember a day in my life when I didn’t have at least one cup of tea. If we’re talking hot tea, I prefer my tea like Captain Picard, Earl Grey, hot, but I mostly drink an English Breakfast or Oolong tea. Adding a teaspoon of hemp honey to your hot tea, and then by the half-teaspoon if you need more sweetness, is a good way to get accustomed to the flavor of hemp honey. After some trial and error, I found that a heaping teaspoon of honey was a good balance for me, a little sweeter than a teaspoon of honey, but still easy on the terpenes, which are the compounds that give hemp its earthy flavor.
- Oatmeal: I grew up in the Midwest, and I’ve about had it with the winter. The only redeeming thing about the winter is, heck yes, it’s time to break out the hot cereal. Cream of Wheat, Coco Wheats, Farina, Grits, and standard old Oatmeal are some of my favorites. I take all of the aforementioned hot cereals with butter, sugar, and cream (even my grits, sorry southerners), and while I’m not going to change that, I found that cutting back on the sugar in favor of a drizzle of hemp honey is the way to go with hot cereal.
- Greek Yogurt: It’s pretty common to add honey to plain Greek yogurt, otherwise you’re basically eating sour cream. Seriously, the only major difference between sour cream and plain yogurt is sour cream has about 10% more fat than yogurt. At home, we make Greek Yogurt in our Instant Pot (here’s that recipe), and like hemp honey, I’ve learned to appreciate the flavor of plain Greek yogurt as simple as possible. In Greek yogurt, I would do something like 50% hemp honey, and 50% whatever honey you happen to have in your house as the tanginess of yogurt can only take on so much of the terpenes before things start getting weird.
- Peanut Butter: Once you hit middle age, you can’t eat a fluffernutter sandwich for lunch every day, but you could probably get away with a peanut butter and honey sandwich. Listen, I’m not going to try to convince you that hemp honey is going to be a suitable replacement for marshmallow fluff on your sandwich, but maybe that classic sweet and salty combination of honey and peanut butter (which is good in itself) will satisfy your craving for the less healthy sandwich with marshmallows on it.
- Fresh Fruit: I’m going to put an emphasis on “fresh." Please don’t pay a premium price for hemp honey, and then drizzle it over canned or frozen fruit. Apples, pears, and bananas would be your staples, but I honestly can’t think of any fruit that hemp honey wouldn’t compliment. Maybe oranges?
Colorado Hemp Honey Benefits
According to Wikipedia, I’m knocking on the door of middle age; thank God I’m not quite there yet, but I’ll tell you, this past year has been a banner year for weird maladies. Around Christmas time I was diagnosed with Tennis Elbow, not from playing sports, but from sitting at my desk at work. Pathetic, right? Tennis Elbow is no joke, there were mornings where I picked up my mobile phone, and it felt like my arm was broken, so I had to learn to do a lot of daily tasks with my left hand, which is probably my most useless appendage.
I like to think that I’m not such a slouch at home. Just last month I rode my bicycle over a hundred miles, mostly on the B&O Trail, but when the weather doesn’t cooperate, I’m more than happy to walk my dog 2-3 miles a day. The problem with that, around the same time I was diagnosed with Tennis Elbow, I was also diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. Professional athletes like Joakim Noah get plantar fasciitis playing basketball, I get it walking my dog.
I’m not here to tell you that hemp honey cured my tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis. In both cases, I went to my primary care physician, I was referred to specialists who prescribed me an anti-inflammatory, and gave me instructions on how to do some physical therapy at home. Those treatments plus time, is how I got over both maladies. However, I still deal with some daily residual pain that I consider to be minor, but on the days I had hemp honey with my breakfast, I noticed that I felt generally better. There was a noticeable dullness in any residual pain I was typically feeling, and I found that I was able to focus a bit better, and as a result I felt more motivated to clear off my daily work checklist, and then hop on my bike for some exercise. Crossing things off my checklist is a big deal for me, overall it was a positive experience.
Hemp Honey for Dogs
My small family moved from Chicago to (near) Indianapolis about eight years ago now, and once we settled in we welcomed our dog Hobbes to the family. Be it a trip home to Chicago, or a road trip to Louisville, Nashville, or Cincinnati, we like to travel with our dog. I’m not at all embarrassed to say that we plan entire days around activities with our dog, those days tend to be the most memorable as most dog friendly attractions and restaurants require you to be outdoors in some capacity, and it’s nice to catch a break from the typical tourist activities. Whenever we make the trip home to Chicago, we bring Hobbes with us. The trip from Chicago to Indianapolis is a brief one, only about three hours, and for us that usually includes a stop at Fair Oaks Farm for gas, cheese, and we like to take Hobbes to the farm’s Central Bark Dog Park to stretch his legs.
It was on a recent trip home that we realized how bad our dog’s travel anxiety had gotten. We had stopped for some fast food to eat on the road, you know, to save time and stay ahead of Chicago traffic, and Hobbes refused food. On previous trips, Hobbes had displayed some telltale signs of stress:
- Heavy breathing
- Excessive shedding
- Whining, barking
- Excessive changes in position
I always chalked these signs up to over-excitement, like Hobbes obviously knew we were about to spend the afternoon at Arbuckle Acres, why wouldn’t he shed an entire coat of fur (sarcasm)? Refusing food though, that was a red flag.
Colorado Hemp Honey is a shareable product, which means hemp honey is table food that you can share with your dog. The American Kennel Club has two detailed articles about feeding your dog both honey, and hemp products, and if you’re giving your dog something like hemp honey to help with anxiety, I recommend you educate yourself, so here are those links:
- American Kennel Club: Can Dogs Eat Honey?
- American Kennel Club: CBD Oil for Dogs: What You Need to Know
I hate to disappoint, but I have yet to give my dog hemp honey for anxiety. At the same time, please be aware, hemp honey is not the only delivery method to get CBD to your dog to help with anxiety, or other ailments. At Humanity Health CBD in Avon, we offer dog treats such as soft chews and actual peanut butter that you can feed to your dog by the spoonful. If you’d like to use tinctures for your dog or cat, Humanity Health CBD carries pet tinctures as well. If you feel honey is the way to go, I’d recommend Colorado Hemp Honey sticks for dogs. All of these items can be purchased at HumanityHealthCBD.com, or if you’re in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, please stop by our store in Avon, and bring your dog, we’re pet friendly!
Colorado Hemp Honey, Final Questions, Final Verdict
Q. Does Colorado Hemp Honey get you high?
A. Does hemp honey get you high? No. There is no THC in Colorado Hemp Honey, it will not get you high. Sorry.
Q. How much CBD honey should I take?
Q. Would you recommend Colorado Hemp Honey?
A. Absolutely. As much as I’ve hammered home hemp honey facts, the honey is just a vehicle to get you (or your best friend, dog) your daily dose of CBD. A 6oz jar of Colorado Hemp Honey contains 500 mg of CBD, other edible products, capsules, and oils with the same amount of CBD are priced about 30% higher than Colorado Hemp Honey.
|Colorado Hemp Honey||★★★★★★★★☆☆|
|Summary: Colorado Hemp Honey is a shareable, versatile way for you and your pets to get your CBD. The 6 oz jar with 500 mg CBD is a steal when compared to other products containing 500 mg CBD.||