Bees love cannabis and might benefit from it as well

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It turns out that humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy cannabis. More importantly, we are not the only ones who will benefit greatly from it. According to Cornell University researchers, tall hemp plants are preferred by bee flocks and can significantly help with their population problems.

This is not the only study in this area; a previous study by Colorado State University came to similar conclusions (2).

According to both studies, bees are not only attracted to cannabis, but the plant is also beneficial to them due to its abundant pollen stores. This is fantastic news because it helps most beehives’ struggling population problems.

The researchers also experimented with a large number of different bee subspecies and discovered that hemp is both liked and beneficial to a total of 16 different bee varieties found in the northeastern continental United States.

Another interesting fact is that bees are largely uninterested in the “female” hemp flowers that humans enjoy smoking. Instead, bees are flocking to male hemp flowers because of their high pollen production capacity.

The researchers also wrote:

“The rapid expansion of hemp production in the United States… may have significant implications for the pollination dynamics of agroecosystems.”

By filling gaps in late-season resource scarcity, hemp, as a late-season crop flowering during a period of seasonal floral dearth, may have a particularly strong potential to enhance pollinator populations and subsequent pollination services for crops the following year.”

This is fantastic news not only for agriculture and the environment, but also for the economy. Pollinators are worth between $235 and $577 billion worldwide, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Bees are worth up to $20 billion in domestic crop production in the United States alone.

Those concerned (or hoping) that consuming cannabis pollens will enrich bee honey with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are mistaken. The presence of cannabinoids or THC in hemp pollen, according to the studies, is “unlikely to have an effect on bee development due to the loss of cannabinoid receptors in insects.”

It remains to be seen whether this research will be beneficial, but it certainly sounds promising.

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