If you're a bee-lover, perhaps for Valentine's Day this year, you can help them avoid extinction. You can do this by growing some Cannabis in your garden (that is if it's legal in your state?). According to a new research study, bees are "high on hemp." They love these plants, and the 'higher' the plants' grow, the greater the attraction.
These findings are extremely important because bees are one of the most needed pollinators in the world. They are responsible for plant reproduction and play a critical role in our food production. Without bees, a good amount of the vegetables and herbs we consume — would simply disappear.
Research about this topic has been conducted by Cornell University and can be found in an Entomology report titled: "The Bee Community of Cannabis sativa and Corresponding Effects of Landscape Composition." The findings reinforce the research conducted by a group at Colorado State University. Both studies arrive at the conclusion that bees are highly attracted to cannabis, because of the plant’s plentiful amounts of pollen.
The findings could provide the way for future research that might find new methods to improve the struggling bee populations of no less than 16 different varieties along the northeastern regions of the U.S. The study also found that the tallest hemp plants attract 17 times more bees than shorter ones.
But hemp doesn't produce nectar, nor is it colorful?
Nectar is the sweet syrupy liquid created by flowers. While it attracts bees, it's missing two components that normally attracts a bee. Hemp plants do not produce nectar. Nor do hemp varieties produce colorful flowers.
Nonetheless, the researchers discovered 16 bee subspecies that flock to 'nectar-less and color-less' cannabis plants. This is likely due to the pollen produced by male flowers. Bees seem to not have the same attraction to female plants — the ones humans desire the most — since they don’t produce pollen.
Bees are one of the most important — if not the most important — managed pollinators in US agriculture. Bees are the "bees-knees" when it comes to spreading hemp reproduction. They spread one flower’s male sex cells to corresponding female flowers, which germinate into mature plants. Based on this premise, it would seem that the more grass we harvest in the States, the more healthy bees we would have in the nation.
They're worth billions . . .
The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization estimated that, worldwide, pollinators are worth anywhere from $235 and $577 billion for their role in global crop production. But just as astronomical, bees alone are responsible for $20 billion of that estimation in just the US alone.
Cannahoney & Cannabees. . .
A French beekeeper is an inventor of 'canna-bee honey,' Going by the moniker of "Nicolas Trainer Bees," he has made the claim that honey-infused hemp plants can be grown.
He figured out a means to prompt female bees to secure the resin from the marijuana plants, and then take it back to their hives to make propolis, a waxy substance used to craft walls and seal off chambers within their hives. The subsequent hives then produce and trap the heat to decarboxylate it over weeks into weed resin which he calls “cannapropolis.”
From this point, Nicolas removes the propolis laden honey from the hives — and voila, he’s got THC-infused-honey.
He believes the cannahoney might even be better than other marijuana products. “Everything that passes through the body of a bee is improved,” he told the Science Explorer.
Trainer now has over 30 beehives to create the honey. His cannahoney could essentially be the first-ever all-natural cannabis edible.
This ingenious botanist posted a video four years ago as to his process. This topic is so popular that it has tallied over 151K views on Facebook to date [as of this posting].
Happy Doo-Bee Valentine's Day
Whatta you say we rename the holiday?
So the next time you hear about the bee populations declining, tell the naysayers to go grow a few state-approved hemp plants in their backyards to help the cause.
Not only will it help to prevent their extinction, but you'll also be able to benefit from growing your own weed for medical — or recreational purposes — whatever the need may 'bee.' And Happy Doo-bee Valentine's Day too!
Primary Source: Science Direct