When people talk about mad honey, they are usually referring to a type of honey that contains compounds that can lead to hallucinogenic effects. And because people can hallucinate when they use mad honey, it was given that specific moniker. There has been a fair bit of attention paid to mad honey during the past few years, which is also called “Deli bal.”
While it’s illegal in only a few countries, the United States has just recently started paying attention to this substance. That means that, as of 2022, no states have any language in their legislature that covered these substances. At this time, you can order it online and have it delivered to almost every state in the United States.
But before you rush to your local search engine, you should be aware of a few facts. Firstly, because it’s so unknown, there is no regulation, and medical practices have little to work off of if things go wrong. Second, your local government may have laws that intrude on the use of this specific compound. That being said, you should know what it does.
In 401 B.C., the warrior-writer Xenophon wrote of his soldiers becoming crazed, drunk, and sick after eating honey. Those who ate less were “exceedingly drunk,” and those who ate more “seemed like crazy, or even, in some cases, dying men.” Later, in 67 B.C., Turkish armies tricked Roman soldiers into eating it. The “intoxicated” and “flailing soldiers” were killed easily.
Mad honey is actually honey, but it’s different than the stuff used in your tea. This kind of honey holds grayanotoxins from flowers in the genus Rhododendron, which are flowers that grow all year round in mountainous regions of temperate climates. Like all honey, bees extract the nectar and pollens from these special flowers and carry on with the honey-making process like nothing.
Generally, the grayanotoxins make the honey a dark, reddish color and have a bitter taste. Upon entering the body, they act specifically on sodium-ion channels and muscarinic receptors. If there is no issue, mad honey is considered to be an aphrodisiac or sexual stimulant, as well as an alternative therapy for gastrointestinal issues and hypertension.
Issues are much more likely in unmonitored usage. These include:
Treatment for overdoses of grayanotoxins are symptomatic, meaning only the symptoms are treated. In cases of bradycardia(slow heart rate) and severe hypotension, atropine sulfate and fluids are recommended. And while there are very few fatalities directly from usage, the side effects can cause long-standing issues.
If you are interested in giving this compound a try, the best place to look for it is an online shop in Nepal. There are several places where local shops will harvest mad honey from Nepal, and then they will send it across the world to the person who purchased it. Mad honey is made by a unique species of bee that typically lives at 13,000 to 14,000 feet.
Because of the climate found in the extremely high Himalayan mountain chain, it is difficult to grow plants found there in any other part of the world. That is why mad honey is so unique when compared to other types of honey.
If you are interested in trying mad honey, be sure to do so in a safe place with supervision you trust. This substance was added to alcoholic beverages to make the drinks more patent since the effects are often linked to extreme drunkenness.
With that in mind, if you experience any sort of cardiovascular issues, you should probably stay away from this substance.