Cannabis Plants Could Help Save The Bees

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The male cannabis plant gets a bit of a bad rap. It’s typically seen as a nuisance by home growers. However, research has shown that these maligned machos may, in fact, have a vital role to play in ensuring the survival of not only humans but all animals that rely on pollinated crops. As it turns out, bees are big fans of cannabis pollen. And as populations of this essential insect continue to plummet worldwide, it appears that weed could help to solve this global crisis. Related Post The Male Cannabis Plant – Not Quite As Useless As You Might Have Thought Bees Dig Cannabis Pollen The hemp plant may not have bright flowers or even produce any nectar, but males generate an abundance of pollen. Importantly, they do so in late summer, when many other flowers have died out. This means cannabis may represent a vital food source for bees during a lean period. That’s according to a study that appeared in the journal Environmental Entomology last year[i]. The authors monitored the bees that visited 11 different hemp farms in New York between late July and mid-September to conduct their investigation. However, as male plants are excluded from commercial cannabis grows, the researchers focused only on farms cultivating hemp for grain and fibre. These facilities allow male and female plants to grow side by side. The farms included in the study supported 16 different bee species, with the number of bees at each site increasing later in the season. This suggests that as other flowering agricultural crops died back towards the end of summer, the bees increasingly looked to cannabis as a source of sustenance. According to the authors, increased agriculture is a major cause of bee population decline. The establishment of large monocultures reduces the biodiversity within the…

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