Kansas researchers make it easier for farmers to grow, sell hemp – KCTV Kansas City

Kansas researchers make it easier for farmers to grow, sell hemp - KCTV Kansas City

OLATHE, KS (KCTV) — Researchers in Kansas are making it easier for farmers to grow and sell hemp.

The Kansas State University Olathe campus is now testing samples of hemp for CBD and THC levels. It’s one of the only public research labs in Kansas licensed to do this. A few private labs offer similar testing, but it’s rare to see this from a public research facility.

Researchers can send the results back in about a week so growers know exactly what they have before the state tests for legal levels.

As the lab gets up and running, it is working closely with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and labs from around the country.

Hemp is a new business in Kansas, and there’s still a lot to learn. It really started to take off this planting season.

Dr. Eleni Pilakoni is the head of the lab and says she is excited to provide this service to growers and to get in on the ground level of the research.

“My personal interest is to be able to understand how this crop is behaving in the state of Kansas, because weather conditions and environmental conditions can affect a lot, like the concentrations of the cannabinoids,” she said.

Growers can send in samples for $125.

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