My Favorite Bee Story So Far


My posting history has made it clear that I’m a fan of bees. It’s not that I enjoy having them buzz around my head, but rather I acknowledge their vital importance to our ecosystem and agriculture, and I am deeply saddened by their declining populations. I’ve posted before about how rash, idiotic policies can wreak havoc on our environment, and about fun new inventions which could potentially lead to more people keeping less stressed bees.

This latest story, however, is just pure fun.

 

That is very clever. I’m sure this guy is going to make a lot of money, and I kind of want to try cannahoney.

In all seriousness, I’m not sure how much this goes beyond a simply funny gimmick. The way I understand it, eating cannabis doesn’t really do anything to you unless you fry it or bake it with fat first. So, will you actually feel anything if you eat cannahoney? Or will it just be honey with a weird pot aftertaste? Or will it taste completely differently? Is the point to use it in baking? But then, wouldn’t it be more cost effective to just use normal honey and add pot to whatever it is you’re baking?

OK my scientist brain is picking this apart a little too much. I’d still be extremely curious to try it, regardless of the effects, just to see what it tastes like.

Comments

  1. wrpinpnw says

    I’m curious to see how it turns out. There are a couple of things that make it interesting. Honey is mostly dehydrated nectar, and there’s good evidence of transfer of psychoactive chemicals from nectar into honey — e.g. rhododendrons. So far, so good. However, cannabis is mostly wind pollinated. It doesn’t produce much in the way of nectar to interest the bees, and the pollen is not easily accessible. That’s presumably why they had to train the bees: the workers wouldn’t visit cannabis flowers on their own.

    From what I’ve seen, I wouldn’t expect much from cannabis honey. I would expect most or all of any resin gathered by the bees to wind up in propolis: the waxy stuff that they use to patch gaps in the hive and shape any interior spaces that aren’t convenient for comb. From the bees’ point of view, propolis isn’t food — it’s more of an environmental antiseptic — but people will eat just about anything. Propolis gum from a cannabis-trained hive would likely be heady stuff.

    Of course, I could be wrong. 🙂

  2. says

    THC is fat soluble (that’s why you use butter when cooking with pot), so I doubt enough of it would make it to the honey to get you high.

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