In the past year or two, there has been an influx of hemp and illegal CBDproducts available for Australian pets. This has left many pet owners and evenvets wondering about the safety profile of these products, where they canaccess CBD for animals through legal channels, and how hemp or CBD oil mighthave a therapeutic application for their beloved pets and patients.

Much of the information on pets and cannabis-derived products like hemp andCBD is scattered around the internet and can be difficult to interpret. CBDVets Australia is Australia’s first company to legally prescribe medicinalcannabis under the careful observation of an Australian registered vetpractitioner. They aim to help sift through the vast information – andmisinformation – to provide both education and research on this topic.

Firstly – what is the difference between hemp seed and CBD oil?

Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are both derived from cannabis plants. Hemp seed oilor hemp oil is extracted from the seeds of cannabis plants that contain lessthan 0.0075% CBD and 0.005% of the intoxicating THC and can therefore beclassed as a food source that may contribute towards general well-being as asupplement (for a healthy coat, for example), but is not considered to possesstherapeutic value.

Hemp seed oil is extracted much like any other cold-pressed cooking oil eg.coconut or olive oil. CBD oil differs in that it is extracted from the flowersand stalks of the hemp, as well as other cannabis varieties, and is widelyresearched for its potential therapeutic properties.

Human vs pet medicinal cannabis

In Australia, CBD oil in low-doses for humans has recently been legalised bythe Australian government to be available over the counter in Australianpharmacies, with products likely becoming available either late this year ornext. Neither this nor prescription medicinal cannabis for humans should begiven to pets without a veterinary prescription as it’s essential that animalsreceive the most appropriate dose and formulation for their size, weight andcondition, in order to have peace of mind that it’s safe.

Excipients and additives used in human products can also cause vomiting anddiarrhea in animals as their stomach treats certain ingredients differently.Pets (particularly dogs) have an increased sensitivity to the cannabinoid THCwhich can be found sometimes in human medicinal cannabis formulations, and areat a risk of adverse effects.

CBD for pets – better safe than sorry

You may also have seen CBD oil products circulating the market online at themoment, yet unless it is prescribed through a legal veterinary channel from alegitimate and trusted pharmaceutical product supplier, none can guaranteewhat they say on the label is accurate and may contain substances (such aspesticides and heavy metals), contaminants or additives that could bepoisonous to your pet.

Using CBD oil for pets

Cannabidiol or CBD is a cannabinoid that has been extensively researched inhumans, now research into CBD and medical cannabis for our furry friends isalso kicking up a notch.

The symptoms or conditions where CBD may be prescribed if deemed appropriatein the veterinary setting include:

  • Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Anxiety

CBD oil isn’t right for every medical condition or every animal and just likeany other medicine may have side effects. The CBD Vets Australia team can helpascertain which conditions may be suitable.

Medicinal cannabis is an exciting new area in veterinary treatment for thehealth management and well-being of our pets and warrants further explorationvia clinical research and trials.

“If you are interested in CBD as a treatment option for your pet pleasecontact CBD Vets Australia on [email protected]

or +61 2 8294 9303.”

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