Vets, Pets, and Cannabis Meds - Cannabis News | Marijuana News | Medical Cannabis News

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Date:
Friday, Jun 23, 2017

There are at least 130,000 medical cannabis patients in Canada that have benefited from the healing nature of cannabis- but what about pets?

Some pet owners have turned to cannabis to treat many of the same issues it has helped humans with such as cancer, seizures, arthritis, anxiety, and chronic pain.

It is worth noting that almost all animals have an endocannabinoid system, including mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, although in invertebrates (such as insects) it has not been conclusively proven and remains controversial. Although keep in mind that while animals have an endocannabinoid system, they can and will react to cannabis differently than humans. Sometimes it can even be toxic.

On May 25th, 2017, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) issued an update that the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) do not apply to animals.

This means it’s currently illegal for veterinarians to prescribe CBD oils for your pet because there is no ‘legal pathway’ to do so since Health Canada has not approved any CBD products for animals. Of course, this lack of a ‘legal pathway’ may only be temporary if manufacturers of CBD oils for animals are able to obtain the necessary approval from Health Canada.

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