cbd oil for pets

CBD oil is the talk of the town. From aromatherapy, to health supplements, skincare, to medicinal cures – CBD oil seems to have permeated a good section of the lifestyle, health, and pharma industry. And, might we say, not just for humans. CBD gummies and oils are being actively advertised and used in products for your animal friends too! But the biggest question is this: are they safe for pets?

Here’s all you need to know about the regulations and safety of CBD oil for pets.

What does the FDA say about CBD oil for pets?

The jury on the approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration is still out. The official statement on their website states that:

  • The FDA has banned the introduction of THC or CBD into interstate commerce of any food (including animal food or feed). The exception to this is CBD oil that has been FDA approved (which, so far, has only been approved in one drug for children) or any part of the hemp-plant that does not contain THC or CBD.
  • The FDA is fully aware of animal food and products containing CBD and other cannabis products. It stresses that none of these are FDA approved, therefore being unable to ensure the safety standard for them. That being said, they also add that “FDA has not directly received any reports of adverse events associated with animals given cannabis products”

The conclusion to be drawn from this is that the FDA’s stance on CBD oil being used for animals is similar to it being used for humans – all based on technicalities and specific cases.

What do the experts and experiences say?

Dr. Jeffrey Powers – Vice Chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Chairman of the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the AVMA Working Group on Cannabis – has a lot of information to share. Powers firmly believes that CBD oil has benefits for pets – or any mammalian species – granted that side effects are monitored, doses carefully administered, and adequate research done into the sourcing of the product.

Gabby Slome, owner of a pet food company, believes that there is little difference between CBD oil being used on humans and animals. The main difference is in the flavoring, to make CBD more appealing to animal taste buds, and that the FDA requires different labeling for human-intended food and animal-intended food.

Stephanie McGrath, veterinarian and assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University, has been attempting to find clinical data to definitely prove the effects of CBD oil on animals. There is still a massive amount of study to be done – not just in terms of finding the complete range of effects in different test groups, but also because CBD oil (like most organic products) can have invisible effects. And, in the case of pets, there is no way for the subject to voice them. However, the conclusion from the limited data drawn is that well-sourced, high quality, pure CBD oil has no adverse on the average pet if used properly.

What does the industry say?

According to the Brightfield Group, the sales of pet products went up to almost $38 million in 2018, and are estimated to go as high as $1.16 billion by 2022. Similar to the consumption and demand for humans, pet parents are also taking the road towards organic medication and legalization of medicinal use of marijuana for their beloved animal friends.

This is based almost entirely on anecdotal evidence and success stories of CBD oil helping pets with pain, anxiety, seizures, and any other ailments that hemp-based products are known to aid with. This is especially true for pets that cannot tolerate regular allopathic medication like NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs).

The conclusion to be drawn is similar to the one drawn for human use of CBD oil. That even without conclusive research in the extensive list of side effects, it is evident that there are benefits with careful and regulated use. Just take the same care for your pets that you would yourself – no compromise on high quality CBD oil.