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Pollinating Weed with Bees
Over the past few years, there has been an increase in concern over bees and their possible path towards extinction due to population decrease. Some causes that’ve been noted by scientists include the following: pesticides, smoking hives, weather shifts, lack of product or flowers to pollinate, and any general destruction of wild hives. These little creatures are important to the balance and growth of nature itself. Though many people fear them, they generally leave you alone unless you’re dressed up as bright as a flower.
Scientists want to encourage bees to pollinate more and flourish. They recommend against people killing any bees they see and encourage them to plant bee friendly flowers. Some examples of these are sunflowers, lavender, and sage. In 2015, a man by the name of Nicolas Trainerbees, a 39-year-old located in France, posted a YouTube video of his own bees from their hive on a female cannabis plant. The plant was far into its flowering stage and the bees were buzzing on the top colas. Trainerbees said he has trained them to take the resin from the flowers and create a ‘cannahoney’. Is this a new way the bees can survive and perhaps a new way to flourish with more natural, higher quality plants?
Bees and Weed
First things first… Bees don’t have cannabinoid receptors like mammals; therefore, they don’t know THC and CBD like humans do. Cannabis plants are wind-pollinated, not evolving to need bees. They lack the smell of certain pheromones and the bright color that bee’s usual food has.
In scientific notes, it is said that the trichomes that contain the THC, THCV, and CBN have actually evolved toward being unfavorable to animals and insects as a defense. Cannabis plants also contain nectar, which is what bees feed on to obtain sugar. They are actually known for having a bitter taste. So, what Nicolas has his bees doing? Taking resin for them to try to process it into honey! It’s not a natural occurrence, but shouldn’t be harmful to the bees. But, what is the finished product really like?
Nicolas Trainerbees has been using cannabis since he was seven and has been training bees for 20 years. At the moment, he has over 30 beehives. He has the bees collect sugar from fruits instead of their usual flowers, then resin from cannabis plants. Trainerbees claims there are many quality products from bees, including royal jelly, wax, and pollen.
His final product, “Cannahoney”, combines two natural products to really benefit humanity. There hasn’t been any testing yet on this honey. Testing includes a THC percentage or its actual concentration level, but Nicolas claims it does get you high as if a naturally made edible. The honey has also been described as having a floral taste and varying in color, depending on the strain. Colors range from light green to white or yellow.
Male vs. Female Plants
Male cannabis plants, usually referred to as “hemp”, can flower and produce seeds. If you’re growing female plants, you know those are no good to have. One study shows that bees only go to these flowers as a last resort of a food source near the end of their cycles. How the bees are affected, what they produce, and how the plants are affected themselves are all up in the air.
Along with the discovery of bees potentially having a relationship with cannabis, there is concern about their contact with any pesticides used. With cannabis still being a federally illegal drug in the eyes of the government, there is no regulation of testing or standards to be used. It can also be expensive to test. Although a lot of research still needs to be done to see what bees and cannabis can do together, we can only see from here on out.