Historically Black Tennessee State University has partnered with Eufloria Medical of Tennessee, Inc., an emerging cannabis company, to conduct potentially groundbreaking hemp research. The research partnership aims to create a safe and chemical-free vehicle to obtain the health benefits of the whole-hemp plant with possible applications for a wide variety of uses from food and beverages to topical creams.
As one of the nation’s leaders in hemp research, Tennessee State’s College of Agriculture has conducted several previous projects about hemp production practices including developing hemp nutritional products for human consumption and studying the economic viability of hemp production in Tennessee. Currently, the university is growing and evaluating 10 varieties of hemp.
“TSU wants to be at the forefront of this new interest that’s cropping up across the country,” said Dr. Chandra Reddy, dean of the College of Agriculture. “If it’s ever approved for large-scale use, we have some knowledge about it and can work with the farmers.”