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‘Let’s Talk About A CBD Remedy For Fido,’ Veterinarians In Two States May Now Legally Say To Pet Parents

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Earlier this month, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation making her state the second in the nation (after California, in 2019) to legalize veterinarian consultations with pet owners “on the use of marihuana or industrial hemp” in medications.

That green light to discuss (though not recommend) CBD medications is a big deal, says Dr. Trina Hazzah, a Los Angeles veterinary oncologist and medical-cannabis activist. Reason: Until now, veterinarians have had to watch their step when talking to pet owners because THC, the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant, is illegal at the federal level. Even pet medications containing CBDs (cannabidiol) and other compounds derived from now-legal hemp, pose a risk. That’s because the FDA has yet to issue guidelines on drugs made from them

Vets, therefore, are understandably on edge. “I think that the majority of veterinarians are terrified,” Hazzah said in an interview this week. “They’re so afraid of disciplinary action from [their local]veterinary board. They’re so afraid they don’t even discuss it with their clients; and unfortunately pet parents are seriously looking to a vet for assistance. And shouldn’t they?”

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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