As CBD supplement makers look for ways to distinguish their products, some are adding additional natural ingredients with a history of therapeutic use.
By now, most of folks have heard of CBD, the popular cannabinoid, cannabidiol, has shown promise in treating ailments such as inflammation and arthritis. Indeed, many companies have spun up to grab a piece of the rapidly growing CBD market.
Part of the appeal is the natural source of relief, as many medications have undesirable side effects and risks, including addiction. As CBD supplement makers look for ways to distinguish their products, some are adding additional natural ingredients with a history of therapeutic use to complement the primary cannabinoid in their formulations. One such product getting a lot of renewed interest is honey.
The connection between honey and health, especially varieties such as makuna, which has been shown in some studies to provide some relief from inflammation — as well as having antimicrobial and antioxidant properties — has been observed by people since ancient times.
In a 2017 study focused on gastric ulcers conducted by researchers at King Abdulaziz University, and published in the journal Evidence Based Complement Alternative Medicine, rats given makuna honey showed marked improvement thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the honey.
While some science and historic use points to honey’s curative properties, consumers should be wary of outlandish and unsubstantiated health claims such as honey curing cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. There are some experiments showing honey’s ability to kill off certain types of cancer cells under laboratory conditions, which is demonstrative of its antioxidant quality, but still a far cry from an actual cure for these major illnesses. Like many foods that are naturally chock full of healthy components, such as blueberries, leafy greens, and other “superfoods,” they’re a great addition to a diet but no panacea.
CBD honey is already making a splash in the health food world. And for those of you wondering, no, bees are not pollinating marijuana plants and making the sweet stuff with CBD already intact. In fact, in nature, bees and cannabis don’t have a particularly strong relationship. Cannabis does not produce nectar, and bees, like all insects, lack an endocannabinoid system, so they have little incentive to approach weed.
CBD honey is made from humans who infuse the sticky goodness with cannabidiol. And like most products made by people, those curious about CBD-infused honey should do their standard caveat emptor diligence, and not expect a miracle cure.