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Can Cannabis Trees Save The Bees?

Are Our Beloved Bees Doing OK?

Out of the thousands and thousands of species of bees on this earth, humans have chosen to have a relationship with the honeybee and it has become a vital one. Honeybees have given us not only delicious honey that we all can enjoy but also healthy crops worldwide!

If you are following recent news, it comes to no surprise to you that the honeybees are in trouble right now. They are dying at an unsustainable, plummeting rate. This should be extremely alarming to humans as the bees are responsible for pollinating almost every crop on this planet. Because of this, the bees provide us with our favorite things from the apples and coffee in our kitchen to the fresh flowers on our coffee table.

If the worst were to happen and the bees were to completely die out, the impact on our food production would be catastrophic and would net in a financial loss for hundreds of billions, yes billions, of dollars per year! Is it possible for humans to do the work of the honeybees? Japan recently tested this theory by using drones to pollinate flowers. The results did not yield to much success, leading us to the cold, hard truth: we cannot do the job of the honeybees!

How Can Cannabis Help Save The Bees?

Legalization of recreational and medical cannabis advances and studies are showing that this could be great news for our beloved bees!

A new study showed that many species of bees are just like us, they love cannabis! Cannabis pollen provides the bees with a lot of nutritional value. The study also revealed that the bees were specifically more drawn to male cannabis plants over female plants and were seventeen times more attracted to taller cannabis plants with more foliage.

This is good news for both of us! While male cannabis plants do not produce bud or flower like female cannabis plants do, they do, however, produce pollen. So while the bees are not getting the same “buzz” we do, they are getting their pollination job done!

What can I do to help save the bees?

Below are a few tips for you to do your part in saving the honeybees and protecting our environment:

  • 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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