Louisiana Southern University is working on THC-derived medical marijuana products

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The college is fine-tuning cannabis products for the medical community

In a historic launch among Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Louisiana Southern University (LSU) is about to introduce a line of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) medical marijuana products to the market. The school’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center announced last Wednesday that LSU will start making its products available across the Pelican State as of July 1. LSU is one of the two entities holding a license to grow legal cannabis in the state.

This is not the first product LSU launches; back in January 2020, it reported to be among the first HBCUs to launched CBD products extracted from hemp. These products were sold under the name ALAFIA, which translated to “inner peace” in the Yoruba language. Now, LSU is the first HBCU to launch THC-based products, as well, in conjunction with its partner, Ilera Holistic Healthcare.

Earlier this month, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a new bill so that any doctor in good standing with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners can recommend marijuana to treat conditions that they consider debilitating. This is a large expansion from the previous law that include only 16 medical conditions. Also, there was only a limited number of healthcare professionals who would recommend therapeutic cannabis. This new law takes effect in August 2020, which means that the demand for products might raise significantly after that.

The only restriction is that Louisiana does not allow medical marijuana to be sold in a smokable form. Only oils, extracts, tinctures, sprays, capsules, pills, solutions, suspension and other products can be sold.