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Bees Absolutely Love Cannabis And It Could Help Restore Their Populations

The population of bees marks a devastating decline, and we are in danger. Simple as that. Bees play an important role in the biosystem, and without them, we won’t be able to munch on our favorite crops. Well, experts have a surprise for you and it involves bees and hemp.

Researchers have been observing bees for quite some time. The results of this observation show that cannabis may have a huge impact on the role bees have in our society.

A group of experts conducted a study at Cornell University. The results were published in Environmental Entomology, and the world was shocked. High hemp plants attract more bees.

This confirms the findings of a study conducted at Colorado State University. According to these findings, bees are attracted to cannabis. Maybe this is the solution we’ve been looking for this whole time.

When covered in hemp, large areas can attract bees. These cuties will literally invade tall plants. Do you know that the tallest plants attract 17 times more bees than their short friends?

About 16 different bee varieties were attracted to hemp in the northeastern United States. A. mellifera (European honey bee, 60%) and B. impatiens (eastern bumblebee, 30%) were the most common species.

Male hemp flowers attract bees, and researchers have yet to find the reason for this “phenomenon.” This doesn’t apply to female flowers. We use female flowers to cure ailments.

“The rapid expansion of hemp production in the United States… may have significant implications for agroecosystem-wide pollination dynamics,” the authors of this study explain.

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

This makes a huge promise to pretty much everyone who is interested in bees. Yes, we can save bees. Adding cannabinoid-packed pollen to our menu won’t give you any side effects, so don’t stress over the use of this type of honey.

“Hemp is a high pollen-producing crop flowering during a period of floral resource scarcity and supports a diverse array of bees in the northeastern U.S. landscape,” researchers explain.

“The rapid expansion of hemp production in the United States (Schluttenhofer and Yuan 2017) may have significant implications for agroecosystem-wide pollination dynamics. The potential for hemp to serve as a floral resource for bees is influenced by landscape composition, the height of hemp plants, and temporal factors.

Growers, extension agents, and policymakers should consider risks to bees as pest management practices are developed for this crop (Cranshaw et al. 2019).”