Feds Fund Research On Whether Cows Can Eat Hemp Without Milk Drinkers Getting High

Feds Fund Research On Whether Cows Can Eat Hemp Without Milk Drinkers Getting High

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently took to Twitter to publicize a $200,000 grant it awarded to researchers investigating whether or not feeding hemp to livestock leads to unacceptable concentrations of cannabinoids in resulting food for human consumption. Scientists at Kansas State University are conducting the studies, which will help inform policies on whether hemp can safely be used in animal feed. As it stands, the practice is prohibited despite the federal legalization of the crop and its derivatives. Little is known about the effects of cannabinoids on cattle, as most studies have focused on humans, mice and pigs. But a main reason for the new research is that there are concerns that feeding hemp to livestock could potentially result in high concentrations of THC in meat and milk sold commercially. “Our goal is to fill in the knowledge gaps,” Kansas State University’s Michael Kleinhenz, who is part of the multidisciplinary team behind the studies, said. “Until feedstuffs containing hemp are established as safe in animals, our data will assist producers in managing situations involving intentional or unintentional hemp exposures.” Kansas State U researchers have received a $200K Ag & Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant from @USDA_NIFA to establish concentrations of cannabinoids in livestock after exposure to industrial hemp to find if hemp for cattle feed can be used safely. https://t.co/6zm2fGPuIg pic.twitter.com/ENbYtSPy5D — NIFA (@USDA_NIFA) September 3, 2020 “Industrial hemp is typically grown to produce oil, seed, fiber and medicines,” Kleinhenz added. “While varieties of hemp may be planted…

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