In a week that has seen the state of Oregon under heavy duress from smothering wildfires, Oregon State University has announced that it will launch a study on wildfire smoke on hemp. Researchers from the University are set to convene a study group in the wake of the latest wildfires experienced in the West.
The announcement came on September 23rd from Jay Noller, a professor, and director at the University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center. This was during a virtual Oregon Hemp Field Day- the first of its kind.
Noller said that the University is collecting samples as hemp farmers continue with harvesting. The samples will be tested for smoke particles.
Between the 7th and 17th of September, the average air quality index was 111. This can be unhealthy for sensitive people in some parts of Ontario. The same index proved that the Willamette Valley experienced hazardous air levels with an index rising to 435.
According to Noller, the recent wave of wildfires is a pressing issue. He confirmed that the planned study results would be pierced together with the West Coast Smoke Exposure Task Force formed in 2019 for the wine industry. The task force includes OSU among other institutions like Washington State University and the University of California -Davis.
CBD is currently playing a huge role in the world of health and wellness around the globe. Hemp plants are the primary source of CBD. Noller argues that the same way smoke alters wine grape flavors, it can be replicated in hemp. This is about smokable hemp flowers.
The Oregon state university is one of the USDA Agricultural Research Service partners involved in multiple efforts geared towards the hemp industry.