I realized recently that I get a lot of wacky, sometimes smart, sometimes crazy, BIG IDEAS while seeking bliss via cannabis. So I’m going to start a new column…
Hey What’s the Big Idea: Cannabis Honey
Honey is great, supposedly, for people who have allergies if it’s local raw honey. I understand it as a superfood, especially if it’s raw and grown locally (local to you).
“What is in bee pollen?
A number of Chemical analysis of the composition of bee pollen have been done. These studies have found: amino acids, minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, and manganese, vitamins and hormones, water, reducing sugars, starches, fatty acids and others. It has been referred to as the “perfect food” by some.”
As it turns out though, in nature, cannabis is not pollinated by bees. No, cannabis is pollinated by the wind spreading the pollen from the male to female plants. Most growers however, are trying to prevent exactly that! Because as most aficionados know, the bud without seed (sinsemilla – “sin semilla” is Spanish for “without seed”) is the good stuff.
Cannabis pollen, as it turns out, does have Cannabinoids:
Pollen grains collected from male plants of Cannabis sativa L were successively extracted with n-hexane and methanol. The hexane extract was analysed by GC-FID and GC-MS using 4-androstene-3, 17-dione as the internal standard (Ross et al., 1995) and 19 peaks were detected. The characterisation of each cannabinoid was performed by comparison against reference canna- binoids and /or reported data. Out of the detected 19 peaks, 16 cannabinoids were identified and quantified (Table 1), namely, ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabi- chromene, cannabicitran, cannabinol, cannabigerol, cannabidiol, cannabicyclol, ∆9-tetrahydrocannabivarin, cannabidivarin, dihydrocannabinol, cannabielsoin, 9,10- epoxycannabitriol, ∆9-tetrahydrocannabiorcol, 10-O- ethylcannabitriol, 6a,7,10a-trihydroxytetrahydrocannabinol and 7,8-dehydro-10-O-ethylcannabitriol. From Table 1, it is clear that ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol was the predom- inant cannabinoid present in the pollen and constituted 81% of the total cannabinoids, followed by cannabi- chromene (8.3%), cannabinol (3.6%) and cannabigerol (3.4%).
In this research, the pollen was stored in a freezer, not used fresh. I wonder what the healing potential of cannabis pollen is when it’s fresh; as with anything natural, it’s a fair assumption that it’s much stronger than when it’s stored for a long period of time. This may be a new way for businesses to differentiate themselves in the cannabis health industry.
Maybe someone out there has tried to make cannabis honey, anything is possible. But cannabis pollen certainly sounds like it deserves more research. When I order juice at Whole Foods, I sometimes add bee pollen to the mix. Supposedly it’s a great way to increase energy.
If anyone else has any data or experience with Cannabis Pollen, I would love to hear from you.