Frenchman claims to have mastered the art of producing highly intoxicating honey from the flowers of weed plants
A beekeeper has trained a hive of “canna-bees” to produce honey from weed, it has been claimed. A Frenchman using the pseudonym Nicolas Trainerbees has become a viral sensation after posting a video which allegedly shows his bees feasting on marijuana flowers.
Nicolas has reportedly spent several years trying to combine his love of weed and beekeeping, eventually happening on the idea of letting an insect army loose on his cannabis plants. The beekeeper has almost 10,000 followers on Facebook, while a video of his stoner bees has been viewed more than 9 million times. Although some people have cast doubt on the claims, experts told us it was plausible that bees could create “intoxicating” honey.
While any humans who ate the honey would end up buzzing, the bees are unable to enjoy the effects of the drug, the Frenchman has been quoted as saying.
“The bees that produce the canna-honey are not affected by cannabinoids because they do not have an endocannabinoid system,” the beekeeper told a cannabis news site. Nicolas has worked very hard to teach his bees to make sweet stuff which most working people would NOT want to spread on their toast in the morning.“I have trained bees to do several things, such as collect sugar from fruits, instead of using flowers,”he added.
“The aim arose for me to get the bees to obtain this resin.”
To produce the “canna-honey”, he claimed the bees harvest the weed resin and then bring it back to the hive, where it’s processed as it it were normal nectar.Nicolas claimed the, ahem, “medicinal” effect of the plant is very much intact in the spreadable sinsemilla. He has smoked cannabis since he was a teenager to counteract the effects of being “hyperactive”.
“Everything that passes through the body of a bee is improved,” he told a website called Now This Weed. Some online commentators have thrown doubt on the canna-beekeeper’s claims. “Bees suck up nectar, not pollen,” one person wrote on Facebook. “They suck up nectar because of its high sugar content.
“Resin glands on mature female cannabis plants have no sugar and cannot be sucked up or digested by bees.”
We asked the Bumblebee Conservation Trust whether the canna-honey claims were true. Darryl Cox, information officer, said: “Bees could collect cannabis pollen, which would potentially be intoxicating.
“You do find pollen in honey. “Having seen the video – the bees are foraging for nectar which contains lots of secondary metabolites, not just sugar, and could potentially be intoxicating. “Honey produced from bees foraging on rhododendrons in the far east is known locally as ‘mad honey’ as it is toxic to humans.”
He said cannabis plants use pollen to reproduce in a similar way to plants such as a nettle. This pollen is often removed from commercial forms of honey. Tim Lovett, director of public affairs at the British Beekeepers Association, told us it was possible to train bees to look for certain compounds. He has visited a science lab where bees were trained to stick their tongues out if they detected explosives.
“It was deadly serious,” he told. “There was a lot of interest from the US military and talk of placing bee hives at airports.” Training a bee involves putting chemicals in sugar syrup, so the insects get a taste for them. However, this would take “a lot of effort and dedication” – which are not traits potheads possess in abundance. “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,” he continued. He said spreading the resulting honey on toast could lead to “a pleasant experience”.
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