As cannabis gets legalised state-by-state in the U.S, we are gradually seeing some serious developments in the weed world – especially when it comes to edibles.
First, they were given Pif – a weed-infused peanut butter, then there was the incredible discovery of Chrontella in Canada.
And now it seems we could be set to get yet another spreadable edible, with a beekeeper claiming he’s trained a hive of ‘canna-bees’ to produce honey from weed.
A Frenchman – using the pseudonym Nicholas Trainerbees – became a viral sensation a few months back for posting a video which allegedly showed his bees pollinating marijuana flowers.
He boasts a modest 10,000-strong following on Facebook, while this viral video of his stoner bees has been viewed millions of times.
In addition to being a beekeeper, the 39-year-old is also an artist, a locksmith and, not too surprisingly, an outspoken supporter of marijuana.
So, over the past few years he’s been trying to find out how to combine his love of the green stuff, with his passion for bees and bee-keeping.
And this golden nectar is the result of it. Apparently, if humans consumed the honey they would get a pretty serious high, but the bees can’t enjoy the same effects of the drug, Nicholas has been quoted saying.
Speaking to Green Rush Daily, the beekeeper explained:
The bees that produce the canna-honey are not affected by cannabinoids because they do not have an endocannabinoid system.
To produce the ‘canna-honey’, he claims the bees harvest the weed resin, before bringing it back to the hive to be produced as if it was normal nectar.
Although some are trying to dampen the claims, experts told The Mirror that it was definitely possible for bees to create an ‘intoxicating’ honey.
Darryl Cox, an information officer from the Bumbleebee Conservation Trust, 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.
Tim Lovett, director of public affairs at the British Beekeepers Association, added that spreading the resulting honey on toast could lead to ‘a pleasant experience’.
The term ‘no shit’ comes to mind – somehow I doubt it’ll be hitting our supermarket shelves anytime soon though.