Yes, you read that right!
There is a sweet way to get high and that is the psychedelic mad honey produced by bees in the high mountains of Nepal. Every year, for centuries in Nepal, members of the Gurung ethnic group have climbed down the sides of cliffs amid swarms of bees—putting their lives on the line—to collect hallucinogenic (aka MAD) honey.
It is not just any honey, of not just any bee: Nepal’sApis dorsata laboriosais the largest honeybee in the world, and in the Himalayan hills, it’s nectar boasts hallucinogenic properties. This honey is made by bees; Apis dorsata laborio- that feed on rhododendron flowers, which give it its psychoactive effects. Rhododendrons, evergreen flowering plants that grow in temperate, mountainous areas around the world, contain chemicals called grayanotoxins that transforms the honey into a formula with hallucinogenic and recreational effects.
This rare honey, known for its psychedelic and medicinal properties costs at least five times more than the conventional honey, which is why locals from China and Nepal risk their lives trying to gather it. When taken in small doses, the mad honey is intoxicating and gives off a feeling of relaxation followed by pleasant dizziness and tingling sensation.
Locals also use honey to treat hypertension and diabetes. It is also a renowned aphrodisiac as it cures poor sexual performance. Researchers have also found some evidence that suggests that grayanotoxin-containing prepara-tions could help with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cold sores.
However, mad honey is only effective when taken in small amounts. Higher dosages can be highly toxic and sometimes fatal (to small animals). Dark in colour, ranging from deep amber to an almost glassy black with yellow-ish hues, it has a bold aromatic profile and an equally complex mysterious flavour.It looks and tastes a lot different from the stuff you might squeeze out of a bear-shaped bottle.
More importantly, though, it has a little more of a hallucinogenic effect than your average honey. To put it mildly, just one spoonful can get you seriously screwed up. This exotic, ‘Made in Nepal‘ product can be purchased at ‘Himalayan Merchandise‘ with shipping facilities for all over the world