A Beekeeper has Trained Bees to Make Honey from Cannabis Resin
Many people are calling the man who trained bees to make honey from marijuana a genius. It is something many have talked about doing, but no one has been able to successfully pull it off. At least until now, of course.
His name is Nicholas Trainer — nicknamed Nicholas Trainerbees. He is 39-years-old and lives in France. In addition to being a beekeeper, an artist, and a locksmith, he is also an outspoken supporter of marijuana.
When Trainer was just 7-years-old, he began to get into a lot of trouble at school because he was hyperactive, which eventually led to him dropping out. However, soon after leaving school, he realized that using cannabis for medical purposes helped him deal with his condition. “I began consuming before the age of 10,” he explained to Dinafem.
Years later, many people who were aware of Trainer’s ability to raise and train bees began to ask if he would ever use his bees to create honey made from marijuana plants. Knowing that honey is a natural substance with its own health benefits, Trainer figured that the two would actually be a perfect combination: “For some time I had known about the health benefits of bee products such as honey, propolis, pollen, wax and royal jelly and also about the benefits of cannabis.”
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How does it work? Trainer managed to train his bees to make honey after gathering resin from the cannabis plants. “I have trained bees to do several things, such as collect sugar from fruits, instead of using flowers,” Trainer said. “The aim arose for me to get the bees to obtain this resin.”
By using what he calls “a training technique whereby the bees collect the resin and use it in the beehive,” Nicholas and his bees, which are solely responsible for the final substance, have created the world’s first batch of cannahoney.
Since this is such a new phenomenon, no one has had the chance to test how much of the original cannabis is in the final honey product. However, Trainer believes that cannahoney contains the health benefits of both honey and cannabis.
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Now, you may be wondering if cannabis is in any way harmful for the bees. The answer is no. “The bees that produce the cannahoney are not affected by cannabinoids because they do not have an endocannabinoid system”, he explained. So don’t worry, the bees are perfectly healthy!
“Everything that passes through the body of a bee is improved,” he said. Resin obtained from trees and plants, including cannabis, is turned into propolis, which is an antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial. The bees will also use the resin from any strain, meaning there are almost limitless possibilities for creating different kinds of cannahoney.
How does the cannahoney taste? It has been described as quite floral, and it’s color slightly changes depending on the strains used, but it usually ranges from light green to white or yellow. As Trainer importantly explains, the honey “is not smoked, it is ingested and it is good for health.”
Trainer now has over 30 beehives to create the honey. His cannahoney is everything it claims to be — it could essentially be the first-ever all-natural cannabis edible.
Here is a very short video showing the busy bees at work.
Study Finds Bees Don’t Just Love Cannabis — it Can Also Help Save Their Dying Populations
Humans aren’t the only ones who seem to gravitate towards the marijuana plant. Turns out, even bees love the buzz, but for a slightly different reason. A new study by researchers at Cornell University published in the journal of Environmental Entomology finds that bees are super attracted to the cannabis plants because they can’t get enough of its sweet, sweet pollen. This study supports the results of a similar one conducted by Colorado University last year and opens up options for scientists to save the depleting bee population around the world.
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The study found that the taller the cannabis plants are and the larger area they cover, the more bees will flock to that farm, with taller plants attracting 17 times more buzz than the shorter ones. What’s even cooler is that there are 16 different varieties of the marijuana plant that could support these bee populations. But even as bees seem to love the cannabis plant, they can’t actually get high off it since insects aren’t known to have any cannabinoid receptors.
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These findings are kinda confusing when you consider that cannabis neither has a nectary taste nor the vibrant colours that generally catch the attention of bees. However, the bees are more into the male plants that usually grow alongside the flowering female ones that produce the bud you put into your bongs, but have no psychoactive properties. This study is especially crucial given that bees are responsible for the cross-pollination of flowers that furthers the growth of the fruits and vegetables we need for survival. Except, thanks to pesticides, habit destruction and climate change, the bees seem to be buzzing off, something that the marijuana plant could help put a stop to since they also don’t generally use too many pesticides, nor require too much water for their growth.
But what’s even better about these canna-bees is that they bring with them immense industrial potential. Israeli cannabis technology company PhytoPharma International developed a natural cannabinoid-dosed honey that allows bees to fuse THC and CBD into their honey by an IP-protected pollination process. Now if that’s not worth the buzz, we don’t know what is.
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