Why Is Your Veterinarian Still Reluctant to Discuss CBD With You?
Advocating for the wellbeing of your pet can be a real challenge. Animals unconsciously hide their discomfort, thus making the initial clinical diagnosis challenging and also the treatment plan accordingly.
The good news is that CBD is a non-toxic, non-pharmaceutical treatment that can cure many of the problems plaguing our pets. Pet owners across the country keen to speak to their veterinarian about CBD tend to be met with silence–despite numerous clinical trials and accumulating anecdotal evidence showing the effectiveness of CBD oil to quickly improve the conditions of anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and chronic pain while improving the pet's immune system.
According to a survey of 2,131 participants conducted by VIN (Veterinary Information Network), at least monthly, if not weekly or regular, 63 percent of veterinarians report having been asked about CBD oil for pets. More than 80 percent of those vets also say that they have never witnessed or heard of any adverse reactions from the use of pet CBD oil.
So why are veterinarians so averse to discussing CBD?
While hemp-derived CBD is non-psychoactive, it was listed as a Schedule 1 drug until late last year, even in states that have legalized cannabis for human medical purposes. What this suggests is that vets could be penalized and their permission to educate pet owners on CBD oil could theoretically be denied. Few had been willing to take the risk.
Thankfully a new law is giving hope to pet parents, their beloved animals and their trusted pet doctors in California.
California veterinarians can now discuss cannabis.
On January 1, 2019 California became the first state to officially pass a law, AB 2215, which allows veterinarians to finally discuss cannabis with their clients.
Opening the doors with one's vet to explore CBD oil is big progress. Nevertheless, according to the California Veterinary Board, this bill is only shielding veterinarians from disciplinary action while talking to pet owners about CBD oil. The penalties for managing, advertising, selling or having any paid association with a corporation are not reduced. California pet parents must therefore exercise due diligence when buying a pet CBD oil product to ensure that their choice of drug has been independently tested by third parties for both efficacy and harmful herbicides, pesticides and chemicals.
What about the other 49 states in the U.S.?
California is the only state to have passed a bill like this to date. The veterinary boards in Colorado and Oregon require veterinarians to discuss cannabis with their patients, but their guidelines do not make a critical distinction between CBD— a non-toxic, non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp — and "marijuana." CBD may be synonymous to laypersons, marijuana and hemp derived from CBD, but the misleading conflation of these words by the Veterinary Medical Assoc may be interchangeable.
"Hemp" refers to the male cannabis plant which is high in CBD and very poor in THC. "Marijuana" is the female cannabis plant, high in THC and very low in CBD. Marijuana produces what is commonly referred to as "bud" and marijuana may indeed be highly toxic when ingested by animals.
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) "recognizes the interest of fellow animal lovers and veterinarians in the potential benefits of marijuana therapy for a variety of animal medical conditions." The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board (OVMEB) states "Veterinarians can address cannabis use with clients and are encouraged to educate clients about published data on cannabis use."
A guide entitled "Cannabis: What Veterinarians Need to Learn" was written by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). It is a source for vets to learn about the clinical signs and treatment of acute marijuana toxicity, the consequences of chronic marijuana use and other related topics.
The future of CBD for pets is nonetheless bright.
The adoption of the 2018 Farm Bill on 12 December 2018 is signaling a huge win for the hemp community. Although most study trials on Schedule 1 drugs are illegal, this bill removed from Schedule 1 status approved Hemp derived CBD, legally authorizing clinical studies on the use of CBD with pets.
Nonetheless, the future looks bright as more and more prestigious institutions from NYU and Mount Sinai to Colorado State University, Cornell University and UC Davis embark on studies that offer the extraordinary power of CBD oil more legitimacy and work to boost the well-being of our pets. Hopefully, all 50 states will soon be on board to understand the benefits of CBD and help vets promote their use in the preventive health program of our pet and as an aid in the treatment of worsening conditions.
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