Bees making honey with cannabis resin? It sounds too good to be true, but this beekeeper brought nature and science together to create this organic phenomenon.
Nicolas Trainerbees, a French beekeeper who truly lives up to his nickname, has trained his bees to collect the resin off the cannabis plants and use it in the beehives to make the creation Nicolas calls “cannahoney”. Nicolas has self-medicated with cannabis since a very early age and he defines himself as someone that is passionate about nature and training all kinds of animals. Both of these factors have led him to spend years researching how to combine the properties of the plant and the insects that he dedicated his life to. The result is “cannahoney”, a delicious nectar that has not gone unnoticed by anyone and that has to confront the restrictive laws of his country.
For more than 20 years he has always liked to spend time with all kinds of animals, especially insects, and above all, bees. He observes them, and according to him (although without revealing his tactics), he trains them so that they behave as he wishes. For a while now he has been working with bees that produce “cannahoney”, the peculiar potent sweet treat. “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”, and so being a bee whisperer, and an advocate of marijuana and it’s legislation, he decided to combine the two. Following several tests and lots of observation he managed to get results from his training in 2013, “with the enormous surprise that the bees used the resin as propolis” and also to create honey with the same effects as cannabis.
Its terpenes have “a delicious and pleasant taste” that are reminiscent of the fresh plant, although its taste changes slightly from one crop to another. “Cannahoney” normally has “quite a floral” aroma and a colour that slightly changes depending on the varieties, although it usually ranges from light green to white or yellow. The substance “is not smoked, it is ingested and it is good for health”, explains Nicolas. He now has 30 beehives, and he uses many of them for his cannabis honey project. However, he faces difficulties living in a country that puts up a lot of barriers in relation to all cannabis matters, therefore he is forced to grow his plants in open air spaces, far from his home. In this situation he takes a lot of risks, especially trying to transport his plants close to the hives during the necessary time so that the bees can take advantage of their new “pollen”. He now aims to leave France and progress, hopefully to Spain next, where he can study more in depth and legally with his project. Stay tuned.