Researchers recently determined that cows fed hempseed cakes retained safe levels of cannabinoids in their muscle, fat tissues and organs.
The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service partnered with North Dakota State University on the study.
The researchers set out to determine whether hempseed cake could be used as a safe source of protein and fiber for cattle.
According to a news release, hempseed cake, which is an industrial hemp byproduct created during oil extraction, is not currently legal for use as livestock feed.
The team evaluated cannabinoid residue levels in meat from cows fed hempseed cake and determined the amount to be safely below federally allowable levels.
"...It would be very difficult for a human to consume enough fat from cattle fed with hempseed cake to exceed regulatory guidelines for dietary THC exposure,” a researcher said.