Industrial hemp plants have become a lot of familiar sight for American bees as states create pilot programs for legal growing.

Neither hemp nor the opposite strains of the Cannabis sativa species mature for recreational or medicinal uses provide insects any nectar, and all rely on wind to spread pollen. Still, a large sort of bees showed up in two experimental hemp plots throughout a month trappings survey by zoological science student Colton O’Brien of Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

There are even questions about which insects are actually hemp pests, aforementioned entomologist Whitney Cranshaw of Colorado State. New potential menaces have arrived since the first 20th century, when farmers were growing hemp with terribly low concentrations of the psychedelic compound consciousness-altering drug as a crop for fiber and alternative practical uses. Anti-drug legislation eventually made growing any cannabis forms prohibited for many years within the U.S.

Read more here: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cannabis-fields-offer-late-season-pollen-source-stressed-bees

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