What should pet owners know about cannabis and CBD products?
“We certainly recognize the potential opportunities that cannabis-derived compounds may offer and acknowledge the significant interest in these possibilities.”
Original Article by Maria Loreto
A lot has been said about CBD pet products and what they can do to tame anxiety and other stressors that pets experience.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that at least some pet owners are happy with the cannabis products they’ve used on their pets, reporting that they put their pets at ease when they’re exposed to stressful situations like fireworks and separation anxiety.
A cannabis symposium last month hosted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) delved into the topic of veterinary cannabis, with different experts discussing its pros and cons.
“We certainly recognize the potential opportunities that cannabis-derived compounds may offer and acknowledge the significant interest in these possibilities,” said Randall Gnatt, senior regulatory counsel in the Office of Surveillance and Compliance for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine.
“We’re also aware that some companies are marketing products in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and then may put the health and safety of people and animals at risk,” Gnatt added.
While he made it clear that CBD is a promising compound for both humans and animals, he also expressed the FDA’s concern regarding it, particularly with regard to how the cannabinoid has been advertised by dozens of companies.
“Other than the approved human prescription drug, we know little about the potential effects of sustained or cumulative long-term use of CBD,” he said.
“We don’t know about co-administration with other medicines or risks to vulnerable human and animal populations. This doesn’t mean that we know CBD is categorically unsafe under all circumstances, but given the gaps in our current knowledge and the known risks that have been identified, we’re not at a point where we can conclude that CBD products are safe for use.”
CBD and cannabis remain largely unregulated. While significant steps have been made over the years to validate some medicinal claims of cannabis, much work needs to be done to get a full picture of the plant, especially if we’re giving it to animals who have no say in the matter and who might be better off visiting a veterinarian.