As marijuana reform sweeps the nation state by state, the former “gateway drug” is being decriminalized and de-demonized; what was once the go-to for stoners and hippies is being recognized for its medicinal effects and other health benefits. But the question is: “Are we ready for marijuana to go very mainstream?” The answer from France is “yes.”
French beekeeper Nicholas Trainerbees (it’s a pseudonym) has announced that he has trained his bees (as his last name would suggest) to make honey from the resin of cannabis plants. It’s pretty much the holy grail of marijuana enthusiasts, and will bring the drug from smoky rooms to the breakfast table in the most organic way … if it is true.
The 39-year-old set the cannabis world buzzing after posting a 14-second video of his bees being busy on a marijuana plant. According to Trainerbees, he has trained the insects to do many things, “such as collect sugar from fruits, instead of using flowers,” and in this case, he has trained them to collect resin and use it in the beehive, where they have create the world’s first true batch of “canna-honey.”
Because this is such a new phenomenon, no one has really tested the honey to see how potent it is, but Nicholas says the product brings together the health benefits of honey and cannabis — the latter which he has been self-administering since his teen years to combat his hyperactivity.
Of course, skepticism abounds. Many people doubt that the product exists, although experts argue that it is plausible. Darryl Cox, information officer of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, told the mirror.co.uk that bees could collect cannabis pollen, which would potentially be intoxicating, and that cannabis plants use pollen to reproduce in a similar way to plants — such as a nettle.
Tim Lovett, director of public affairs at the British Beekeepers Association, also told the mirror.co.uk that it is possible to train bees to look for certain compounds. In one case, bees were even trained to stick their tongues out if they detected explosives.
Training a bee involves putting chemicals in sugar syrup, so the insects get a taste for them. “I can believe that if, for instance, cannabis extract is put in syrup and and fed to bees, they might just be fooled into going looking for it,” Lovett said.
If cannahoney lives up to its name, it could essentially be the first-ever all-natural cannabis edible. If not, pot heads will have to continue making their own batches by slow cooking weed and honey.