Cannahoney is usually made in the kitchen, but now there’s a new way to make the sweet treat directly from a beehive. Nicholas “Trainerbees” (a nickname coined by his peers) is the man responsible for the organic discovery. The 39-year-old Frenchman, who in addition to being an expert bee trainer, is also an artist and locksmith by trade, fueled his bee-training skills through his passion for marijuana and its medicinal properties.
“I have trained bees to do several things, such as collect sugar from fruits, instead of using flowers,” explained Trainerbees. “The aim arose for me to get the bees to obtain this resin.”
The Power of Resin
The bee trainer spent over 20 years honing and perfecting his craft. During this period, he created a technique that allows bees to recognize and collect resin from cannabis plants. The animals then use it in the beehive, where it is naturally processed into honey. So far, he has successfully produced marijuana-infused honey using the California Orange strain. For this particular project, the Frenchman worked with a total of 30 beehives.
It is important to consider that the unconventional extraction method does not harm the bees. After two years of research and testing, Trainerbees was able to gather a substantial amount of information that supports the insect’s well-being during the process. “The bees that produce the cannahoney are not affected by cannabinoids because they do not have an endocannabinoid system,” said the craftsman.
He also reported that the bees don’t have a preference when it comes to cannabis strains. The creatures will take any type of weed given to them and generate the same type of honey every time. This pushes the potential of the world’s first all-natural cannabis edible to even greater heights. Should the extraction method catch on, marijuana beekeepers could eventually produce a wide variety of cannahoney with different effects and medicinal benefits.
Trainerbees described the taste of natural cannahoney as sweet and delicious with traces of the actual plant. The final product is a thick, paste-like consistency that varies from light green to white or yellow. He also highlighted that the honey cannot be smoked and can only be ingested. Despite seeing initial success in creating a highly unique cannabis product, it might take some time for the special honey to reach local medical dispensaries.
This is because the beekeeper is currently conducting an in-depth analysis study on the harvesting process to solidify his findings. This includes setting a standard THC dosage per serving, which has not yet been established. Though Trainerbees casually mentioned that he gave a handful of people suffering from anxiety a sample platter, and a few spoonfuls helped alleviate the negative vibes and tension that the individuals were experiencing prior to eating the product.