Cornell University researchers published their newest findings in the journal Environmental Entomology.
The findings back up prior research from Colorado State University, which found that bees are attracted to cannabis because of the plant’s abundant pollen supply.
The discovery could pave the way for future study into novel approaches to help the bee populations of no less than 16 different species struggling across the northeastern United States.
The tallest hemp plants also attract 17 times more bees than the lesser ones, according to the study.
The results are unexpected. Cannabis does not create the delicious nectar that attracts insects observed in traditional flower types.
The rich colors that attract bees and other insects to other plants are likewise less dazzling in comparison to other flower species, adding to the rarity of the discovery.
The study’s author describes the findings’ substantial significance as having a critical impact on falling bee populations in the United States.
“The rapid expansion of hemp production in the United States… may have significant implications for agroecosystem-wide pollination dynamics.”
“As a late-season crop flowering during a period of seasonal floral dearth, hemp may have a particularly strong potential to enhance pollinator populations and subsequent pollination services for crops in the following year by filling gaps in late-season resource scarcity.”
Bees, an important pollinator all over the world, are responsible for plant reproduction and play a key part in food production. Many crops would perish if bees were not present.
Although bees are drawn to hemp, THC-rich pollen will not enter our diets, nor will it “have an impact on bee development due to the loss of cannabinoid receptors in insects,” according to the study’s authors.