Our CBD farm
The hemp plants & the bees
Our hemp plants, grown on our own farm in southern Spain, are tested throughout the growing season and again after harvest and extraction. This allows us to maintain optimal cannabinoid content for our hemp oil products and check for any residual contaminants. We grow our hemp plants free of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilisers. Our CBD oil concentrate is tested after harvest for anything that may negatively impact the quality of our products.
We are now in the process of installing bee hives on our CBD farm, and also growing Lavender to help sustain our local bee population.
Since hemp doesn’t produce any nectar, it may be surprising to learn that bees are attracted to it. Honey bees, bumble bees, and many kinds of solitary bees use pollen as a food resource (it is particularly nutritious for bee larvae) the crop’s pollen seems to be contributing to the ecosystems of bees as well.
Hemp has a faster growing cycle than most other crops (100 – 180 days). This means the crop can be a valuable source of pollen for bees during early spring to very late summer months – a time when the crop is flowering and when other pollen sources are a little scarce.
Research has shown that pollen has “antioxidant and antibacterial properties” for bees and some studies have shown that honey bee health, development, and survival can be influenced by the quality and diversity of pollen they receive.
Overall, diet diversity seems to be a good thing. When bees aren’t exposed to a variety of pollen, they can become more susceptible to viruses. A study published by the British Royal Society in February 2019 showed that when honey bees have “higher-quality pollen diets” they’re receiving “significantly higher iron and calcium content,” which helps to “buffer” them from “stress in their environment, including disease and pesticide exposure.”
High-quality diets are defined as either Polyfloral pollen (multiple types of flowers) or high-quality single source pollen (such as clover, oil seed rape, pear, and almond).
While we’ll have to see if specific hemp-pollen-bee-nutrition studies develop, Some research showed that one-third of all the bee species in Colorado essentially survived off of hemp pollen during months when they would normally lack access to their primary source of nutrition.
We are looking forward to the first honey on our CBD farm, it will be available in small quantities in its natural form straight from the hives and bottled locally in Southern Spain.
PuregenicsCBD UK Ltd is proud to be a member of IFOAM International. IFOAM – Organics International is the worldwide umbrella organisation for the organic agriculture movement which represents close to 800 affiliates in 17 countries. The Organic Guarantee System (OGS) of IFOAM – Organics International is designed to facilitate the development of organic standards and third-party certification worldwide and to provide an international guarantee of these standards and organic certification.
If you have an allergy to coconuts, coconut oil, medium chain trilycerides (MCT), or any other part of MCT oil, please be aware that our CBD Oil contains MCT Oil.