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Facts About 'Mad Honey' That Himalayan Bees Produce 

I am a honey lover. One reason I like it so much is that of its sweetness. I have a sweet tooth. When I was a kid, mom used to scold me for eating too many chocolates. But my love for sweet stuff hasn't changed a bit even after growing up. My fascination and love for honey made me explore it even more. To my surprise, I came across something called "mad honey" and as the term suggests it's supposed to drive you crazy or you may end up dead if consumed large doses.

The so-called 'mad honey' is collected by the bee hunters of Gurung tribe based in Nepal. Here is all you need to know about 'mad honey'. 


Facts About 'Mad Honey' That Himalayan Bees Produce 

Facts About 'Mad Honey' That Himalayan Bees Produce 

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Have you ever heard of "mad honey"?

Have you ever heard of

That's the honey that Himalayan bees produce.

The Himalayan Cliff Bee.

The Himalayan Cliff Bee.

The Himalayan Cliff Bee or Apis dorsata laboriosa produce red honey or what locals call "mad honey".

The red honey is poisonous to humans.

The red honey is poisonous to humans.

The honey is made by the 'Himalayan Cliff Bees' from rhododendron flowers. These flowers contain grayanotoxins which are poisonous to humans.

But the red honey has numerous health benefits.

But the red honey has numerous health benefits.

The "mad honey" is known to have several health benefits. The nectar from rhododendron is a powerful hallucinogen.

In small amounts, the honey is relaxing.

In small amounts, the honey is relaxing.

If a bit is intoxicating, the red honey is relaxing, if taken in small amounts. It is described pleasant if consumed in such way.

It can cause rhododendron poisoning in larger amounts.

It can cause rhododendron poisoning in larger amounts.

Rhododendron poisoning or honey intoxication causes vomiting, muscle weakness, and heart irregularities.

The locals go to remarkable lengths to get their hands on the 'mad honey'.

The locals go to remarkable lengths to get their hands on the 'mad honey'.

The bee hunters belong to the Gurung tribe, in the central Nepal's Kaski district. 

What they do is commendable.

What they do is commendable.

The hunters use smoke, ladders, and rope to balance and stab at the honey in order to collect it.

The life of Gurung tribe is in jeopardy.

The life of Gurung tribe is in jeopardy.

The reason being the climate change and the decreasing bee population.

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