With recreational cannabis set to be legalized in Canada in October, the country’s veterinarians have begun to explore the idea of pot for pets.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CAVM) and a group called the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine (CAVCM) have teamed up to urge Health Canada to amend the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes regulations to allow cannabidiol (CBD) as a veterinary health product for pets.
CBD is a cannabinoid extract often used to treat pain, anxiety and inflammation, and which lacks the psychoactive characteristics of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
Dr. Enid Stiles is a veterinarian and CAVM executive says the future looks pet pot-friendly.
“Absolutely, in the next few years we will be seeing some labelled drugs with cannabis or parts of cannabis for use in pets,” she told Global News.
The issue of veterinary uses for cannabis was a hot topic at the CVMA’s annual National Issues Forum, which took place in Vancouver on Thursday.