You may have seen an increase in Instagram ads for Cannibidiol (CBD) products ever since marijuana’s legalization, and a growing number of them are for pets. What is CBD, exactly? Well, it comes from the hemp plant and has made headlines for reports that it can treat a variety of ailments, like pain, anxiety and inflammation. CBD generally has no intoxicating effect (so no, it won’t get you high), and now some of these oils and treats are on the market for pets, but are they safe?
Practicing veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Greenstein cautions owners to be wary of these unregulated and untested products that might contain dangerous contaminants.
So, is it safe for pets?
First of all, there is no legal pathway for vets to prescribe it. Secondly, there are no approved CBD products for animals. While CBD may play a role in medicinal usage for humans, Dr. Greenstein warns that this cannot be extrapolated for animals in any way.
Dr. Greenstein says that veterinarians have been hearing more and more about these products, especially after legalization. While, in the future, it might be something she would get behind, there are very few studies that have actually been conducted, and it’s still very much not legal. Once it has been proven effective/legal, she says could see it being used for common issues like anxiety or pain relief – but, for now, they aren’t safe!
How can I help my pet?
If a pet is experiencing anxiety or arthritis, there are many existing treatments that are tested and approved like anti-inflammatory medication, or drug supplements that have undergone clinical trials.
Contact your local veterinarian for more information!