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Central State University Receives Federal Hemp Research Contract

Metabolite hemp being grown at the Central State University research farm in Wilberforce.
Chris Welter
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WYSO
Metabolite hemp being grown at the Central State University research farm in Wilberforce.

Central State University in Wilberforce has received a $1.3 million hemp research contract from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Central State hopes the work from their three-year research contract will help the FDA better understand the chemistry of smokable and vapable hemp products, so the agency can determine how to regulate them.

Dr. Brandy Phipps, a professor of natural products at Central State, says the “natural” marketing around smokable hemp masks the truth.

“Because, as you know, anybody who has been looking at smokable hemp flowers and smokablevape products: It's safe. This is better for you than everything else, right? We don't know that,” Phipps says

Despite the unknowns, smokable hemp products are widely available. You can find them at all sorts of places: from big box stores to gas stations.