Can Cannabis Trees Save The Bees?
What’s Going On With Our Beloved Bees?
Out of all the tens of thousands of species of bees on the earth, humans have chosen the honeybee to domesticate. The relationship between the honeybee and humans have been a vital one. Honeybees have led to not only delicious honey but also healthy crops around the world.
If you have been keeping an eye on modern news, it comes to no surprise that the honeybees are in big trouble right now since they are dying at an unsustainable, shocking rate. This is extremely alarming as the bees are responsible for pollinating almost every crop on earth and are responsible for giving us our favorite things from the apples and coffee in our kitchen to the fresh flowers on our coffee table.
If the bees were to become extinct, the effects on our food production would be catastrophic and would net in a financial loss for hundreds of billions, yes billions, of dollars per year! This has led researchers to study how we could potentially do the bees job ourselves. Japan recently tested this theory by using drones to pollinate flowers. The results were limited success, leading us to the cold, hard truth: we cannot do the bees job.
How Can Cannabis Help Save The Bees?
As the legalization of cannabis (recreational or medical) advances slowly but surely, new studies are showing that this could be great news for our beloved bees!
A recent study at Cornell University showed that many species of bees are just like us and love cannabis! Cannabis pollen actually provides the bees with a lot of nutritional value. The study also showed that the bees were specifically drawn to male cannabis plants. The bees were seventeen times more attracted to taller cannabis plants with more foliage.
This is great news for us and the bees! Male cannabis plants do not produce bud or flower like female cannabis plants do but they do produce pollen. So while the bees aren’t getting the same buzz we do, they are pollinating as they interact with cannabis plants!
How can we help save the bees?
There are a number of things that you can do to help save the bees! Here are a few ideas:
Stop using pesticides and go for a more organic, natural alternative like cayenne pepper.
Put a fountain or birdbath in your yard with rocks exposed so that bees can have a safe place to land and drink.
When spring comes and the dandelions start sprouting, don’t pull them but leave them for the bees.
Plant a garden in your yard or plant some trees so bees can get their nectar.
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