Bees Absolutely Love Cannabis and it Could Help Restore Their Populations

The new research, spearheaded by researchers at Cornell University and published last onto in Environmental Entomology, shows that humans aren’t the only cansa of weed. The findings reinforce a study published last year at Colorado State University that discovered the same thing.
The study shows how bees are highly attracted to cannabis due to the plants plentiful stores of pollen, and it could pave the way for scientists to figure out new ways to support their struggling population as well as floral populations.
According to the study, the greater the area covered by the hemp plant the greater the chance that bees will swarm to the area. The hemp plants that are taller have a much greater likelihood of attracting bees with the tallest plants attracting a stunning 17 times more bees than the shortest plants.
The findings may seem strange considering that cannabis doesn’t produce the sweet, sugary nectar that you would find in the typical floral varieties produced to attract insects. The pollen produced by male flowers is highly attractive to the 16 bee subspecies in the study for reasons that remain unknown.
Female flowers, the kind that humans like to smoke for its intoxicating and soothing effects, are basically ignored by bees since they don’t produce any actual flowers.
Bee are perhaps one of the most important managed pollinators in U.S. agriculture. Spreading the male sex cells of flowers to their female counterparts in a natural process that is highly crucial to plant reproduction.
According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, pollinators are worth anywhere from $235 and $577billion worldwide owing to their pivotal role in the production of global crops. In the U.S. alone this means that bees are responsible for $20 billion of domestic crop production. Without bees we can kiss almonds, blueberries, watermelon, and other crops goodbye.

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