Veterinarians seek permission to research cannabis meds for pets - The Cannifornian
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well.
“The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.”
People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.
That’s because Washington has been standing in the way of clinical trials, veterinarians and researchers say. Now, a push is underway to have barriers removed, so both pets and people can benefit.
Those barriers have had more than just a chilling effect.
When the federal Drug Enforcement Administration announced last year that even marijuana extracts with CBD and little or no THC – marijuana’s intoxicating component – are an illegal Schedule 1 drug, the University of Pennsylvania halted its clinical trials. Colorado State University is pushing ahead.In this Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, photo, research technician Kelsie Condon walks a Golden Retriever named Zach on a treadmill to determine if the dog has arthritis and can be enrolled in a study involving the use of CBD oil at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Two researchers at the school are running trial studies to see if using marijuana extract aids in the treatment of dogs with epilepsy as well as arthritis. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, photo, Luke Byerly guides his 14-year-old beagle, Robbie, as the dog eats his food treated with CBD oil during a break at Byerly ’ s job as a technician at a veterinary clinic in east Denver. People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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