Being in the pet services industry and dealing with many clients; I have seen many ailments in pets everything from joint pain to cancer and lymphoma. One of the growing trends that I am seeing on the market is the use of CBD oil in pets. For those that do not know, CBD oil a liquid solution of the full plant CBD hemp containing only CBD as the active ingredient (no added tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]. Meaning there is non-psychoactive effect when taken.
Many pet owners claim that CBD oil helps with seizures, joint pain, arthritis, anxiety, some owners even claim that Cannabis oil helps with cancer symptoms and prevention. But is this really true? And if it is why aren’t more Veterinarians recommending it?
According to a survey of 2,131 participants conducted by VIN (Veterinary Information Network), 63 percent of veterinarians report having been asked about CBD oil for pets at least monthly, if not weekly or daily. More than 80 percent of those vets also report having never observed or received knowledge of any adverse reactions from pet CBD oil use. (Green Entrepreneur). Though hemp-derived CBD is non-psychoactive, it was classified as a Schedule 1 Drug, even in states that have legalized cannabis for human medical purposes, until late last year. What this means is that vets could be penalized and potentially lose their license for advising pet owners on CBD oil (Green Entrepreneur). Currently California is the only state that authorizes Veterinarians to recommend CBD oil. Because CBD Oil is classified as a schedule 1 Drug this also limits the research opportunities. Research into CBD oil would require cooperation from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, offices or departments in their state's government, state boards, their home institution, and potential funders.
A new study recently completed at Cornell suggests that 2 mg/kg of cannabidiol (CBD) oil twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with osteoarthritis. These findings were submitted to the 2017 American College of Veterinary Surgeons Summit in Indianapolis and is still pending peer review. In addition to this study, there is an another study in cats on the efficacy of CBD oil in acute pain management, behavior management, feline pain and concurrent usage with chemotherapy in oncology patients.
With more states legalizing marijuana the goal is that this will filter into the Veterinary Sciences, and with the preliminary studies into CBD oil looking promising this could happen. Also the goal is to be able to fund research into this area to scientifically prove what many pet owners are noticing, that CBD oil is a safe and effective way to treat many ailments in our pets.
I hope this post helped you understand some of the legalities and restrictions that are currently on Veterinarians and the Veterinary Sciences regarding CBD oil. If you liked this post please leave a comment below!