What Should Pet Owners Know About Cannabis and CBD Products?

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WELLNESS 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.” By Maria Loreto, The Fresh Toast Significant steps have been made over the years to validate some medicinal claims of cannabis, but much work needs to be done. / Photo: Jeng_Niamwhan / iStock / Getty Images Plus “We don’t know about co-administration with other medicines or risks to vulnerable human and animal populations.” / Photo: amedeeso / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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.

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