Himalayan cliff bees are the world’s largest honey bees and they make a honey that has a powerful psychoactive property.
There is a wilderness in one part of the world that is not only harsh, but at a high altitude. One tribe though has made a lifetime, make that many lifetimes, out of collecting this amazing nectar and bringing it back home.
The Gurugun people are known as the ‘honey hunters’ and as brave as these men are they still only make the expedition twice a year. Even at that the people of China and Nepal not only tout the physical benefits of this ‘red’ honey, but are its biggest consumers.
People who use this honey are not only certain that it helps with diabetes and hypertension, but sexual performance as well. Maybe the biggest surprise of all is the so-called hallucinogenic effect that it has.
Here is a beautifully done documentary that will not only explain much, but give you an understanding of what these people do to harvest such a bounty.
As stated in the video “One month a year giant Himalayan bees, the biggest bees in the world, gather nectar from poisonous flowers giving the honey they make certain medicinal, aphrodisiac, and hallucinogenic properties.”
Even the Gurugun know enough not to overdo eating the honey as it leads to extreme intoxication, which varies according to the season. Just looking at the area where they get it from is intoxicating enough for most.
The honey contains what is known as diterpenic, or diterpene alcohol and has an immediate effect. The honey also has a soothing, aphrodisiac effect and the Gurugun take it almost every morning saying that it helps with their immunity system.
How would be anyone’s guess, but when you and I can climb up to where the bees have it stored and collect it for ourselves, we might feel pretty soothed just to make it down alive.
Photos via Minds