In Canada, cannabis is becoming the number one medicine of choice for most pet owners. Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the number one trending components of the Cannabis plant. This chemical compound has a lot of health benefits, and everyday new studies are carried out into what ailments it can cure. As of now, it is known that CBD can bring relief for chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, and seizures caused by epilepsy. However, it is not only humans that can benefit from using CBD; pets too can enjoy its therapeutic benefits. CBD is sold in a variety of forms such as gummies, and tablets. However, CBD oils and tinctures are the most common.

Pet owners have started using CBD to treat their pets although the government is yet to approve the use of this compound on pets. Although many groups are lobbying for the laws to change, Canadian authorities have not authorized veterinarians to recommend or prescribe CBD oil for pets. Vets are also not permitted by law to treat pets using other CBD products. The situation is twisted because although vets cannot treat pets with CBD, owners are using it anyway. This makes it difficult for most vets who would like to offer their professional opinion, but can’t because of the current laws regarding CBD. There is concern that pet owners may not know the right way to go about administering CBD to their pets.

The position of the government on the matter is not shocking. Authorities across the world have fought and banned the use of cannabis for decades. It is only recently that the government began accepting the use of this plant as medicine for humans. Authorities have called for caution saying more research needs to be conducted on how CBD will affect pets. Although the Internet is packed many successful stories, government officials say there is a lack of clinical evidence concerning the impact CBD will have on pets.

Things are likely to change soon because there are growing calls for the government to reconsider its stand on CBD oil and pets. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has recently partnered with a group that advocates the use of cannabis for animals, the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine. The partnership is meant to convince the government to change the laws to include pets in the legalization of Cannabis. Both organizations want the government to allow CBD oil to be used to treat pets suffering from a variety of illnesses. They also want authorities to support more research into how CBD can affect pet animals.

Despite the call for change, vets are quick to warn that not all Cannabis products are suitable for pets. CBD may be useful in treating some conditions. However, THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol may be harmful. THC is another compound in the cannabis plant. It has a similar chemical structure to CBD. However, these two are very different in how they affect humans and pets. THC has psychoactive effects, and CBD does not. If pets ingest products containing CBD, it can lead to death.