Southern University made history on Wednesday by becoming the first historically Black university (HBCU) to release its own line of THC medical cannabis products. The university has more than 12,000 students with over 7,000 based on its Baton Rouge, Louisiana campus. Currently celebrating its 140th anniversary, Southern was founded in 1880. The newly launched product is called AYO which means “joy” in Yoruba a Nigerian language, the line was made possible through a partnership with Southern University’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the medical cannabis solutions company, Ilera Holistic Healthcare (Ilera Holistic). AYO is only available in the state of Louisiana and will join Southern and Ilera Holistics hemp-derived CBD line “ALAFIA” which translates to “good health” in Yoruba. Making Southern the first and only HBCU operating in both cannabis and hemp industries.