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After Alcohol & LSD, Honey is the new way to get high

Honey from Nepal Gets You High and Makes You Hallucinate in your own way

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 7 2016 3:49PM | Updated Date: May 7 2016 3:49PM

After Alcohol & LSD, Honey is the new way to get high

A giant Himalayan Cliff bees, the biggest bees in the world come to collect nectar from a poisonous flower giving the honey they make certain medicinal, aphrodisiac, and hallucinogenic properties one month in a year.


In a remote part of Nepal, an isolated tribe known as the Gurung go through borderline superhuman efforts to collect and harvest 'mad honey', known for its psychotropic effects.


According to the reports, Himalayan Cliff Bees can grow up to 3 cm in length and produce a form of honey (also known as red honey) so rare it's coveted by people around the world. It's said to help with diabetes, hypertension, and sexual performance and the Gurung even have a teaspoon of it every morning. However, the honey is most famous (or notorious) for its psychoactive properties, with the inebriating effects apparently being similar to Absinthe. In fact, in large doses, it can lead to cardiac problems and full blown hallucinations.


The honey hunters have it the hardest though, usually climbing steep, treacherous cliffs hundreds of feet high without any protective clothing. They have just learned to tolerate the bee stings.


Once the hunter is positioned, the bees are smoked out, and the honeycombs are chiseled off the rock and caught by baskets that are then lowered onto the ground. Remember, the hunter is doing all of this on a rope ladder, with no protection, and with only angry bees and acrid smoke for company. The entire process lasts for around 3 days, and is a bit of a social event as well. The regular yield is around 20-50 gallons, and once they're done, they wash off in nearby rivers and trek back home, blisters, stings, sores and all.


Tourism and a global demand for this honey is on peak nowadays however, as people are paying hunters to get honey off-season, which has a very negative impact on the ecosystem.