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The growing list of world events canceled due to coronavirus - quartz

The growing list of world events canceled due to coronavirus

Fear over the spread of the disease has already disrupted schools and cruise ships. Now, it's coming for your social and professional calendar, too.
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Germany facing coronavirus ‘epidemic,’ govt can no longer track infection chains – health minister - rt

Germany facing coronavirus ‘epidemic,’ govt can no longer track infection chains – health minister

German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said that his country is facing a “coronavirus epidemic.” Since breaking out in northern Italy, the deadly COVID-19 virus has spread to more than a dozen European countries.
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Incest pervert, 42, says he only had sex with close teen relative to ‘fulfill her fantasy’ - metro

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Meet the canna-bees: Scientists discover buzzing bees that love weed

Meet the canna-bees: Scientists discover buzzing bees that love weed

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The black and yellow beasties can't actually get red-eyed because they lack the weed receptors found in humans (Credit: Getty
The black and yellow beasties can’t actually get red-eyed because they lack the weed receptors found in humans (Credit: Getty)

Scientists have discovered 16 different species of bees that gather pollen from cannabis plants.

A team of researchers went out into weed fields on farms in the state of New York armed with bug-catching nets.

They found huge numbers of bees thriving around weed plants, which are a ‘newly introduced and rapidly expanding crop in the American agricultural landscape’.

The bees are unlikely to get too buzzing when romping around the weed fields because the plants are actually hemp crops and therefore have lower levels of THC – the active chemical which gets you high.

Rather than being rolled into massive joints and blazed in style of Bob Marley, material harvested from the hemp crops is used to produce fibre, grains and cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid produced by female hemp plants that is used to treat severe forms of epilepsy and also as a herbal supplement.

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Some US states have moved to legalise cannabis in recent years (Picture: iStockphoto)

A report on the canna-bees suggested weed fields could help to sustain bees during seasons where they are ‘resource-limited’ and can’t find enough pollen.

‘The recent federal legalization and agricultural expansion of industrial hemp, Cannabis sativa, may influence the spatial and temporal distribution of pollen resources for bee communities in the United States.

Industrial hemp offers a unique floral resource to bees in agricultural landscapes. Hemp flowers late in the summer releasing an abundance of pollen during a period of native and agricultural floral dearth.

‘As a result, hemp pollen may offer a vital subsistence resource to bees at a point in the season when they are resource-limited.’

It’s illegal to grow weed at home in New York, but hemp can be commercially grown.

Obviously, farmers need to keep an eye on THC levels in their crop because they risk arrest if their ganja turns out to be psychoactive.

But they don’t need to worry about harming bees.

‘The presence of cannabinoids, particularly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in hemp pollen is not likely to have an impact on bee development due to the loss of cannabinoid receptors in insects,’ the authors added.

This means bees can’t get stoned because they lack the receptors found in herbalist humans.

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