Try Googling “hemp and pets” you will discover a whole new world of cannabis-based supplements and health products for cats and dogs. Most of them will mention CBD, short for cannabidiol. CBD can be made from marijuana or hemp. But most pet products use CBD made from hemp because it’s legal and non-psychoactive. Pet owners can buy treats , gels and capsules that contain CBD made from hemp.
“More and more humans are benefitting from cannabinoid medicine. Shouldn’t our furry companions also have access to natural relief?” said Nicole Smith, CEO of Mary’s Pets, which manufactures and markets CBD supplements made from Colorado-grown hemp.
What is CBD and is it safe for animals? CBD or cannabidiol is a natural compound found in both hemp and marijuana. CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t make people or pets high. And it’s being studied as a treatment for epileptic seizures in humans and for pain relief for cancer patients. It shows some promise as a nutritional supplement for pets that could help with pain and anxiety.
When it comes to dogs and cats, there are many reasons to be cautious, however. The source and quality of CBD is difficult to determine. And there hasn’t been enough research conducted to establish how effective and safe it is. “Consumers are left holding the bag when it comes to trusting manufacturers to place in the bottle what they put on the label—nothing more, nothing less, ” according to an article in Veterinary Practice News. “Even beneficial plant agents can harbor unpleasant residues from pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.” The ASPCA and PETA will not endorse medical cannabis for animals due to a lack of research.