Mad honey (Buy Mad Honey), also called raw honey, red honey, cliff honey is popularly known for its hallucinogenic properties. The bees which produce this honey are known as giant honeybee, whose scientific name is Apis dorsata laboriosa. They feed on rhododendron and wildflowers. Their hives are situated as high as 300 from the ground on the large cliffs in the Hilly regions of Nepal.
This honey is extracted especially from the Annapurna and Manaslu range of Nepal by the brave tribesman from Gurung and Ghale community during their journey of “cliff honey hunting” which happens twice a year. The life-threatening journey of honey hunting is conquered with the help of a ladder made up of braided bamboo ropes and shards of wood by brave Himalaya tribesman.
This is the best mad honey from Himalayan region which is not only a good source of energy, stress reliever, libido booster with anti-cancer, anti-microbial, anti-hypertensive, anti-oxidant property and a good source of mineral supplement, but it is equally known for its psychedelic and hallucinogenic property.
Among many rare Himalayan flowers, whose nectar produces the honey are Rhododendron luteum and Rhododendron ponticum from the mountainous slopes. They contain grayanotoxin, also called andromedotoxin, acetylandromedol, or rhodotoxin, which has the capability to add dramatic effects to mad honey resulting in soothing, content and calm mood and reduction of anxiety and insomnia upon consumption. Even the small amount of this honey, usually taken with warm milk and preferably before breakfast, one gets high calling it as “the sweetest way to get high”.
How grayanotoxin works
There are voltage-gated sodium channels within the cells of our body which are the prominent target of the grayanotoxins. Grayanotoxin binds with the II receptor sites of these channels thus modifying the channel configuration which prevents sodium channel inactivation rendering the cell to depolarized or activated state. The member permeability of the sodium channel is also elevated and there is the inhabitation of the repolarization which moves the member potential to the hyperpolarization direction.
When peripheral and cardiac branches of the vagus nerve are affected by this, increment of the parasympathetic tone leading to bradycardia, hypotension, and depression of respiratory rate is observed.
Researches have shown that there is an important role of the central nervous system in the pathophysiology of the grayanotoxin compared to the peripheral nervous system.
Excess consumption of this honey leads to diarrhea, dizziness, vomiting, hypotension, perspiration-like health effects due to excess grayanotoxin in the body but after sometime, the consumer gets back to a normal state. After all, as the old saying goes- anything that is taken in excess amount is poison.
Hence, we advise on taking one to two teaspoons of our honey a day.