Can Cannabis Trees Save The Bees?
What’s Going On With Our Beloved Bees?
Out of all the species of bees on the earth, humans have chosen the honeybee to have a relationship with. This relationship between the honeybee and humans has been a vital one. Honeybees have led to not only delicious honey that we all love but also healthy crops around the world!
If you are interested in environmental news, it comes to no surprise to you that the honeybees are in big trouble right now. 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 providing us with 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 horrific and would net in a financial loss for hundreds of billions, yes billions, of dollars per year worldwide! This has led researchers to study how humans could potentially do the bees job for ourselves. Japan recently tested this theory by using drones to pollinate flowers. The results did not yield much success, leading us to the cold, hard facts: we cannot do the bees job!
How Can Cannabis Help Save The Bees?
As the legalization of cannabis (recreational or medical) advances state by state, 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, they love cannabis! Cannabis pollen actually provides the bees with a lot of nutritional value. The study also showed that the bees were specifically more drawn to male cannabis plants versus female plants. The bees were seventeen times more attracted to taller cannabis plants with more foliage.
This is good 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 the plants!
How can we help save the bees?
Here are a few things you can do to help save the bees:
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.