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Cannabis can help save the bees: Cornell University
Submitted by Marijuana News on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:28
Hemp might prove more useful to bees than humans, and that’s saying a lot.
Researchers at Cornell University have discovered that the pollination powerhouses are attracted to hemp and the taller the plant, the bigger the party.
Cannabis and hemp are two forms of the same plant. They may look alike, but their effects are quite different.
“The deciding factor lies in the concentration of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the impairing compound found in the cannabis plant. The concentration of THC in hemp plants is usually so low (0.3 per cent or less) that it’s considered non-impairing. Cannabis, on the other hand, contains THC concentration of more than 0.3 per cent,” notes The GrowthOp.
In a study recently published in Environmental Entomology, researchers looked at 11 hemp farms in the Finger Lakes area of New York and found plant height to be strongly correlated to bee abundance, Marijuana Moment reports.
Plants that were two metres high or taller attracted almost 17 times the number of bees that their shorter neighbours did. In all, 16 different varieties of bees were found to be swarming the crop.