Can bees pollinate marijuana? Would it get them high if they did?
Dear Weed Keeper:
According to the beesearch we’ve read, insects don’t have endocannabinoid systems
— the receptors we have in our bodies that react to CBD, THC and other cannabinoids from the plant. Without those receptors, bees don’t get stoned from pollinating weed (unfortunately for them, because bees could sure use a little stress relief right now
), but that doesn’t stop them from doing it.
Like orange blossom, clove and other flowers that beekeepers use for persuading bees to make honey, the cannabis plant can also be a main source of nectar or pollen for bees, though further beesearch shows that they view the plant as more of a last resort
. Still, there are companies popping up with hemp and marijuana honey, claiming to be made from bee nectar collected off cannabis plants. While these CBD- and THC-infused honeys usually have cannabinoids added to the honey before they’re packaged and sold to consumers, legit beekeepers say the straight-from-the-hive stuff is still very much infused
. You can find THC honey in Colorado dispensaries and CBD honey in health food stores
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