I started experimenting with cannabis-based skin care formulas for myself a few years back while still working full time as a chemist at an alternative-energy biotech firm. I named this side project “Green Bee” because my nickname is ‘B,’ hence the bee, and to some people’s surprise, the word ‘green’ has more to do with my deep passion for the environment as well as plants in general (I studied botany in school) than it does with cannabis.
The western honey bee, Apis mellifera--and native bees too--are like mascots to me. Their work as pollinators is essential to our food supply and they have become somewhat like poster children for the environmental movement, since they are so sensitive to toxins. The communal structure of the bee hive, in which individuals work for the good of the whole is, although idealized, something that human beings could learn from. I want the name of my company to reflect my values and I want to build something that encourages others to act more with the “hive in mind.” Let's take better care of the environment and each other and let’s start with ourselves! The new year is a great time to start new things and make positive changes in our lives. Let’s do this!
A couple things people can do to help the bees are:
- Avoid the use of pesticides that bees are likely to ingest or come in contact with
- Plant native, pollinator-friendly plants that are good sources of nectar and pollen, such as California poppy, bird's eye gilia, and phacelia.
Watch for my next post: the science and benefits of vitamins C and E!