Frangiosa Farms Tests Groundbreaking Theory with Honey Bees and Cannabis

“This was an incredibly exciting discovery; the bees must have found some nutritional or healing benefit in the cannabinoids…”

Nick French, owner of Frangiosa Farms and creator of Colorado Hemp Honey, is testing out ways to revolutionize both the beekeeping and industrial hemp industries.

French is the creator of a product called Colorado Hemp Honey. He combines the natural healing properties of raw honey, essential oils, and the recently re-discovered benefits of naturally occurring hemp extracts to create this unique, small-batch honey. Found in industrial hemp, the hemp extracts and raw honey are used as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals to relieve pain and anxiety without any psychoactive effect.

The healing properties of the extracts in the industrial hemp plant must go through an intense extraction process for the benefits to be received. Using his knowledge of the symbiotic relationship between bees and plants, French wanted to test out the more natural route of adding these extracts to Colorado Hemp Honey.

In 2015, French began the first of many planned research projects. This first project set out to determine if bees were able to use industrial hemp as forage. He wanted to test if bees would transfer the naturally occurring extracts to the honey instead of adding the extracts to it after the honey was produced by the bees.

If successful, this practice would ultimately be a cost savings to both the beekeeping community and industrial hemp farmers.

French completed the research project in the summer of 2015. “Cannabis honey is just not possible,” French concluded. “Cannabis, although rich in pollen, is naturally nectar deficient and since bees need an abundance of nectar to produce honey they will be forced to look in other places to find it.”

Although cannabis honey was not a possibility, French did make an amazing and unexpected discovery during this experiment. He found that with some special equipment, he could encourage the bees to collect the resins from the hemp and store them in the hive. Bees used these resins to create propolis – which is a powerful antimicrobial compound used to sterilize and repair the hive. For humans and animals, it can be used to heal wounds and fight certain diseases and…

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