As evidence of CBD’s medicinal benefits grows along with a dizzying array of products hitting the market, people should know exactly what they’re consuming.
Nearly all manufacturers add CBD oil to their hemp products, often without any way for consumers to verify quality. So when a product naturally contains CBD and can back up its quality with lab-tested certification, it demands attention.
Honeybees that live a California farm freely forage for their food but can also choose a patented hemp nectar developed by Bee Fuse Technology, a partner of Chicago-based media company Kitchen Toke. The bees drink the nectar, which intensifies as they digest it, according to Kitchen Toke founder and owner Joline Rivera. The end result is hemp honey that’s naturally infused with all of the beneficial properties from the hemp plant.
“The health-promoting antioxidants and antibacterial properties of honey just by itself are incredible, and CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety benefits,” Rivera said. “And because Kitchen Toke honey is water soluble, it offers better absorption and a quicker onset than products infused with hemp oil.”
Food as medicine
Kitchen Toke Hemp Honey is an evolution of like-minds. Rivera struck a partnership with Ilan Ben-Simon, the inventor of Bee-Fuse Technology in early 2019 after learning they both see “food as medicine.” Covid-19 cancelled the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen last year where Rivera had planned to launch the hemp honey but the magazine’s editor and chief, Hunter Lewis, endorsement of the flavor profile and benefits has helped boost its profile.
“This is the first time two functional foods are being brought together by nature,”said Rivera, whose company produces culinary cannabis content, from recipes and videos to photography, for entities such Food & Wine..“That’s pretty amazing.”
According to Bee-Fuse Technology, the delivery platform “utilizes the full spectrum of each strain of hemp, without chemical or biological alteration. Nature takes its course, by letting bees foster the proprietary nutrient formula by choice.”
Why Hemp Honey?
Honey is a source of antioxidants, and research shows that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus.
“Many evidences suggest the use of honey in the control and treatment of wounds, diabetes mellitus, cancer, asthma, and also cardiovascular, neurological, and gastrointestinal diseases. Honey has a potential therapeutic role in the treatment of disease by phytochemical, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties,” according to the scientific journal Pharmacognosy Research.
Rivera points out that the honeybees creating Kitchen Toke Hemp Honey are thriving. They’re dividing to create new colonies, known as “swarming,” which is a sign of healthy production. And the product itself is full-spectrum hemp honey, which means the beneficial compounds of the entire hemp plant are present.
“The compounds are working together to amplify the health benefits,” Rivera said.
Hemp plant health benefits include easing ailments such as sore throat, muscle ache, joint pain and heartburn. As a topical, it’s used for cold sores, canker sores and minor burns.
Rivera eats a teaspoon of Kitchen Toke Hemp Honey every morning for a more focused and calm day. As someone who suffers from residual chronic neck and shoulder pain after a car accident, she also eats Hemp Honey to reduce pain and inflammation.
“A good night’s sleep can change your whole world — I never go to sleep without this,” Rivera said.
Rivera has tried CBD tinctures but disliked the flavor and the long onset time for the effects—which often didn’t always happen.With Kitchen Toke Hemp Honey, “you can eat a teaspoon by dissolving it under your tongue, or adding it to drinks, food, smoothies, cookie dough and more and you feel the benefits in about 20 minutes or sooner,” Rivera said.
“Most hemp honeys on the market have honey that’s infused with hemp oil, which requires heating and adding binding agents — they don’t taste very good,” she said. “The reason I got involved is because this product is like nothing else on the market. It’s a single ingredient and 100% natural. It’s pretty special.”