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Oh, honey honey... wow, man - look at the lights....

Post by BlackBat242 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:27 am

Sometimes the trap is very sweet...

https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/mad- ... llucinogen
Mad Honey

When bees feed on the pollen of rhododendron flowers, the resulting honey can pack a hallucinogenic punch.

It’s called mad honey, and it has a slightly bitter taste and a reddish color. More notably, a few types of rhododendrons, among them Rhododendron luteum and Rhododendron ponticum, contain grayanotoxin, which can cause dramatic physiological reactions in humans and animals. Depending on how much a person consumes, reactions can range from hallucinations and a slower heartbeat to temporary paralysis and unconsciousness.

There have been no modern deaths recorded from eating mad honey. But as rhododendrons flourish at high altitudes, and as the bees often nest on sheer cliffs, gathering the honey may be more dangerous than consuming it. In Nepal, honey hunters make dangerous vertical climbs—while enduring stings from enormous bees—to harvest mad honey.

But eating the honey can be an unpleasant venture too. One of the earliest accounts of mad honey, which comes from Xenophon of Athens, a student of Socrates, describes a company of Greek soldiers in 401 B.C. passing through Turkey. After eating honey stolen from beehives along the route, they vomited, had diarrhea, became disoriented and could no longer stand. But, as recounted by Vaughn Bryant, a honey expert and anthropology professor, they were fine the next day. (Modern consumers describe similar effects from too much mad honey.) In 69 B.C., it was recorded that Pompey the Great’s army fell victim to a literal honeytrap in the same region. Local forces placed honey along the marching route, and then swooped in to massacre the intoxicated soldiers.

Mad honey has non-culinary uses too. Turkey and Nepal, the epicenters of mad honey production, have traditionally cultivated the honey as medicine. Today, it’s touted as relieving hypertension, providing a burst of energy, and being a sweet substitute for Viagra. As a result, mad honey ranks among the most expensive honeys in the world. It sells for $60 to $80 dollars a pound on the black markets of some Asian countries, several of which have very strict anti-drug laws.

Mad honey can be purchased in the regions of Nepal and Turkey where it is produced, typically from the beekeepers themselves. It is also available online.
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Post by Havard » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:52 am

That is a cool little factoid. I'm sure I could find a way to use it in a game :D

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Post by zontoxira » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:12 pm

The characters could stumble on mad honey once they failed their survival check.. or it could be presented as a special commodity in the worlds - a drug that can be used as either medicine or poison.
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Post by BlackBat242 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:12 am

For game purposes I might have it be an LSD-equivalent (or "magic mushrooms"), but with the "vomited, had diarrhea, became disoriented and could no longer stand" adverse side effects in natural form - with "temporary paralysis and unconsciousness" being particular to a purified "prepared" form used as poison or to allow such surgery as is practiced in your fantasy world.
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Post by willpell » Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:22 pm

I've read a National Geographic article called "The Last Honey Hunter" about a guy who does this. I don't know if the title is just hyperbole, or if the OP's article was inaccurate in implying that there are multiple members of this profession.

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