Bees are some of the most beneficial insects on the planet. They pollinate over 85 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of our crop species. Due to colony collapse disorder, the number of hives is the United States is the lowest it’s been in 50 years. As the cannabis industry continues to expand, cannabis growers and consumers can take action to support vulnerable bee populations.
Are Bees Attracted to Cannabis?
There are few studies on bees and cannabis, and no known relationship between the two. Bees are attracted to brightly colored flowers, plants that produce pollen and nectar. Cannabis is pollinated by the wind, and its nondescript flower color does little to attract bees. Male cannabis plants produce some pollen, but cannabis growers prefer female sinsemilla plants, which are not pollinated and do not contain seeds. If bees were to pollenate cannabis, it would likely be as a last resort. Bees also have no cannabinoid receptors, so it is unlikely that they get a buzz from cannabis, as humans do.