By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles
Who is Colorado Hemp Honey?
Colorado Hemp Honey was born in 2015. It was a marriage of the organic, natural honey that Nick French had been harvesting as Frangiosa Farms, and hemp, of which he had heard the benefits. Colorado Hemp Honey of Frangiosa Farms has been committed to high quality, organic honey that contains essential oils and full-spectrum hemp. And it isn’t just their company’s commitment to quality that ensures that their products are tasty and helpful; their whole staff is driven and dedicated to building a sustainable company that is able to connect people to bees and ensure the health of both. Pretty great, right?
Who is in charge?
Still operated by the founder, Nick French, and his wife, Ali, Colorado Hemp Honey maintains its initial vision: combining the benefits of organic honey with the benefits of hemp.
Nick isn’t just about selling honey, though. As a beekeeper, Nick cares greatly for the health of the bees and their hives by focusing on natural and sustainable beekeeping practices that maintain colonies without the use of chemicals. He also created Adopt a Honeybee, which is a donations-based program that helps safely shepherd bees and establish new bee colonies. These donations also go towards education for new beekeepers.
One of the first things that I noticed when doing research for this highlight is how fun and positive the Colorado Hemp Honey Company is. Like Green Wellness Life, they love educating others on cannabinoids and hemp. They definitely talk about the usual company discussion of product quality, along with something I don’t see as much: a discussion on their process. While not a technical manual, the company offered me insight into how they first harvest their honey using organic practices, then add hemp sourced from local growers, and finally how their on-staff aromatherapist combines everything with essential oils.
So honey is great, and hemp is great, but why marry them? Colorado Hemp Honey is more than just CBD – it’s full of naturally occurring antioxidants, enzymes, omegas 3 & 6, and natural plant terpenes. The focus here is on a full-spectrum product, meaning that everything in that plant in the ground makes it into the jar or honey stick at the end of the day. It’s truly a whole plant product. I was lucky enough to test some of the honey myself. As a lover of honey, I had often eaten honey sticks or taken them in my tea, but I often found that store-bought honey sticks would taste too sweet like corn syrup, or leave an unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth.
Colorado Hemp Honey surprised me. Not only was there no unpleasant aftertaste, the honey stick that I had did not taste the least bit artificial. After this, I was a convert. As we’re getting into cold and flu season, I now keep a bag of their honey on my desk at all times to stave off that cough and help boost my immune system.
Product Quality Testing
As a part of their commitment to safety and high quality, Colorado Hemp Honey tests all products twice in-house, and then sends them to a third-party tester. When discussing what their process is for each product, Colorado Hemp Honey stated this:
Each raw ingredient arrives at our facility with verifiable Certificates of Analysis provided by the manufacturer for purity and potency. During the in-house production process, we test the ingredients a 2nd time to ensure potency. After the finished product has been been created, we send that product off to a third-party testing facility to ensure potency for a third time.
And the price?
The price of the honey sticks is competitive, and not much more than what you would find for similar honey sticks that don’t contain hemp. I think that one of the nicer things about these sticks is that they contain both the honey that you would find yourself craving, while also containing the hemp that could give you that extra boost of CBD during the day.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend using them as a daily supplement (the honey sticks wouldn’t be an efficient replacement for a tincture or capsule, for example), as it would be a bit awkward to have to consume an entire honey stick to get the same amount of CBD as some capsules or drops of tincture would offer, but they are fantastic for offering that extra boost during the day or as a tasty alternative to that daily capsule or tincture, especially during cold and flu season. This is the capacity in which I usually use them, and it works like a charm.
The Colorado Hemp Honey products that we carry:
So now that I’ve covered how Colorado Hemp Honey is committed to quality, sustainability, and bee health, what do we have of theirs that can help you?
Colorado Hemp Honey Sticks (150 mg CBD per 10 pack): $29.00
Hemp Honey Mint Mojito:
- 8 cups water
- 10 bags of green mint tea
Cold brew 10 bags of green mint tea overnight or longer for stronger flavor. Cover tea bags with eight cups of cold water and place tea in refrigerator for 15-24 hours.
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- ¾ cup Double Strength Raw Relief Colorado Hemp Honey
- 1/2 cup chopped mint
Heat all of the ingredients for the simple syrup in a saucepan and bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Strain the mint leaves through a fine mesh strainer, discard the mint leaves, and refrigerate the syrup.
To make the cocktail: For each mojito:
- 2 Tablespoons honey mint simple syrup
- 4 mint leaves
- 1 oz white rum (optional)
- 1/2 cup brewed iced green mint tea