Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponcomment this pageEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on Tumblrfark this page

It’s unlikely that Mad Honey appears on any of our ‘Top 10 narcotics’ lists, i doubt that even the police have ever had to deal with an early morning mad honey drug bust after a tip off that a large stash of mad honey is being delivered to the local health food shop. But it IS a thing and people risk their lives to procure it.

Psychedelic drugs come in a whole range of different forms, but did you know that certain types of honey (known as “mad honey”) can cleanse the doors of perception? Nepal’s Gurung people – who live mostly in small villages in the vast Annapurna mountain ranges – risk their lives hunting for this certain type of wild honey which has natural psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties, and how they do it is explored in the documentary above which outlines the accounts of the mad honey hunters as they go in search of their latest buzz bounty.

Getting to the honey is a mission in itself, not only are the hives situated on sheer-faced cliffs that have taken the lives of many hunters, they also have to avoid getting stung too. But the reward is the fresh hallucinogenic nectar, which is used for medicinal purposes as well as for recreational drug use.

The Origins Of Hallucinogenic Mad Honey

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 88.

“Mad honey” has an active ingredient in it called grayanotoxin and, as well as in Nepal along with Japan, Brazil, United States, and British Columbia, it’s also found, and cultivated, in the rhododendrons and azaleas of Turkey’s Black Sea region where it is known as “deli bal”. In this region the honey was once used in warfare as a poison, but has also been used historically as a drug.

In the 5th century BC, Xenophon wrote about the effects of the mad honey in his chronicle, Anabasis. In 401 BC, Xenophon and his Greek army were in retreat from Babylon. When they arrived near Trabzon, they were enchanted by the area with its fresh fish readily available as well as woods that were filled with beehives. All was not as tranquil there as it seemed at first.

Xenophon recounted, “All the soldiers who ate of the honeycombs lost their senses, seized with vomiting and purging, none of them being able to stand on their legs. Those who ate but a little were like men very drunk, and those who ate much like madmen, and some like dying persons. In this condition, great numbers lay on the ground, as if there had been a defeat. The next day, none of them died, but recovered their senses about the same hour as they were seized; and the third and fourth day, they go up as if they had taken a strong potion.” (via)

Small doses of mad honey bring about a hallucinogenic state and this is what the Nepalese farmers use it for.

The Risks Of Harvesting Nepalese Mad Honey

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 01.

 

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 02.

 

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 03.

 

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 04.

 

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 05.

 

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 06.

 

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 08.

 

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 09.

 

Mad Honey Hunters Of Nepal - 10.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponcomment this pageEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on Tumblrfark this page
Loading...
people

America’s oldest living World War II veteran Richard Overton, a survivor of the last great war, turned 111 years old this year and celebrated his big day…

tech

A Diamond battery, just like the Shirley Bassey song, really last forever. Scientists at the University of Bristol in the UK have made a diamond battery with…

film

Prepare for some NSFW Disney in ‘DisHollywood’, a visual project by Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. You’ve never seen Disney characters behave like this before, probably due to…

humor

Getting drunk while normal dating can be fun (or disastrous, one of the two), but getting drunk while speed dating? You might think there’s not enough time…

tech

Bioquark don’t want you to mention the ‘z’ word, but an upcoming trial from the life sciences company could see brain dead people resurrected from the dead….

documentary

On closed off roads under the cover of night teens in the Dominican Republic partake in illegal street racing on custom motorbikes. This illicit and intriguing culture…

Loading...
digital art

Any dad would do anything for their son, but unlike these amazing pictures by Dad Adrian Sommeling using his Photoshop skills, most fathers don’t have the ability…

people

When it comes to cheating on your partner nobody really wins. And no where is that made clearer than in these shocking cheating spouse confessions from married…

humor

Many of have received our fair share of funny text messages from your dad, those messages that leave you staring at your phone, shaking your head. These…

entertainment

It’s time to get ready for the arrival of body painted superheroes. You’ve probably heard of cosplay but Canadians Lianne Moseley and Kay Pike, two makeup artists…

futurism

When it comes to virtual reality and augmented reality, these have been the hot tech buzzwords on everyone’s lips over the last few years. Bringing digitally-created visuals…

television

The fall of the Simpsons has no doubt happened. Of course, in its heyday The Simpsons was undeniably the best of the best. It was a family…