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39-year old Frenchman Nicolas is a locksmith, beekeeper, artisan, and crusader for medical cannabis and legislation in France. “Nicolas Trainerbee,” as he has been nicknamed, grew up treating his hyperactivity disorder with cannabis, and has spent the past 20 years of his life studying animal biology, entomology, and the practice of growing cannabis. He has had a life-long passion for nature and animals (specifically insects), which has led to his life-work of researching how to combine the properties of the cannabis plant and the insects that he has dedicated his life to. The result: “Cannahoney.”

Nicolas Trainerbees at work among his honeycombs.
Nicolas Trainerbees at work among his beehives.

Trainerbees decided to combine the health benefits of bee products with the benefits of cannabis, as he claims that “everything that passes through the body of a bee is improved”. He gives the example of propolis, a natural antibiotic, antifungal product of the resin of willow and poplar trees collected by bees. “Cannahoney” is the term coined by Trainerbees to describe his unique, one-of-a-kind cannabis honey. After extensive observation, he has trained his bees to collect the resin of the cannabis plant and use it in the beehive to produce the final product.

Trainerbees' bees hard at work in the production of cannahoney.
Trainerbees’ bees hard at work in the production of cannahoney.

Trainerbees describes the cannahoney as having a floral aroma, with the color of the product ranging from light green to white or yellow. Due to the legal barriers existing in France, he must tend to his 30 beehives and various strains of cannabis in open air spaces far from his home. He is still in the process of conducting detailed analysis of the product to determine all of the properties of cannahoney, yet reports that he has had three individuals that suffered from anxiety disorders agree to test the product and report to him that after ingesting cannahoney, they felt “a lot better.”

The final product, cannahoney.
The final product, cannahoney.

Nicolas Trainerbees’ main goal at the moment is to leave France for Spain. In Spain, he will be able to legally treat his hyperactivity disorder and also have the freedom to work with other professionals in the field to conduct the proper and thorough research that cannahoney requires. With all sorts of advancements happening in the legal marijuana industry, from hi-tech portable vaporizers like the Arizer Extreme Q to automated grow room technology, it seems clear that he has found his own slice of the niche. It is unclear when cannahoney would be available to the public at large, but surely his followers on social media – 4,300 Facebook and 700 Instagram followers – wish him Godspeed on the project!