A recent study published in the journal Biomass And Bioenergy by researchers from Colorado State University indicates that bees are attracted to hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin to marijuana, which is pretty great news, not just for farmers, but also for the environment.
The researchers set up 10 bee traps around industrial hemp fields in Northern Colorado and over the course of five days during peak flowering season collected close to 2,000 bees, spanning 23 different bee genera. Hemp flower seemed uniquely attractive to the bees based upon the volume and variety of bees collected as opposed to other crops such as genetically modified canola flower.
“The study could prove helpful as ecologists attempt to address declining bee populations. The insects “continue to face debilitating challenges due to a number of different stressors,” the researchers wrote, but chief among them is the overall health of their respective habitats.”
This is all very good news considering the effect climate change is having on bees and their habitat.
If you are interested in reading the full story, check out the full article, Study Shows That Bees Like Hemp And That’s Great News For The Environment, from Marijuana Moment.