Bees love cannabis just like us, and the fact that a recent study has discovered that taller hemp plants attract a more significant number of bees reinforces the verity. In December 2019, researchers from Cornell University affirmed that humans are not the only ones who find hemp useful; bees, too, have now been added to the plant’s list of fans. However, this is not the first study that has confirmed this fascination of bee towards cannabis because a study published in 2018, by the students at Colorado State University delved into the same findings.
In the investigation, it was revealed that bees are attracted to cannabis primarily because of the plant’s abundant reserve of pollen. If science indeed explains the bees’ attraction towards hemp plants, then we can hopefully look forward to the scientists delineating ways to refurbish the insect’s deteriorating population and floral population.
As per the study, if the area covered by the hemp plant is higher, the chances of the bees being drawn towards the swarm will also automatically multiply. Furthermore, as we have already mentioned in the preceding section, the taller hemp plants magnetize 17 times more bees as compared to their shorter versions.
Over time, more and more bees start frequenting the cannabis plants, a mechanism that can be equated with the “word-of-mouth” technique amongst us humans. The researchers also noticed that because hemp is constituted as a major cash crop that can be capitalized on in several ways, it is capable of sustaining at least 16 distinct species of bees in the northeastern part of the United States.
Now, you might find these facts about bees and their enthrallment towards the hemp plants oddly unsettling because neither does cannabis produce sweet nectar nor does the hemp flower exhibit a wide array of beautiful colors. Essentially, it is the male flowers of the hemp that work wonders; they are the ones that produce pollen to attract 16 subspecies of bees but the real reasons still being under a lot of conjecture. In contrast to this, the female flowers that produce the “weed” that humans smoke are principally ignored by the bees because they are not even actual flowers.
The findings are significant not because they have brought something new and exciting to the table, because if utilized sensibly, they can have a substantial impact on the suffering population of the bees that the United States has been working to retrieve for so long. The researchers affirmed that this amalgamation of bees and hemp doesn’t mean that we should be doubtful about the cannabinoid-rich pollen finding a way into our diets through honey with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Since ancient times, humans have been occupied with the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. However, with the exposure of this new evidence, we can expect the cannabis plant to enhance the prospects of agriculture and nature in ways that we were not aware of before.