-The New Business of Cannabis Pet Products-
If you're like us and have "been around the block" (AKA lived through the 1970s), than you'll surely know what April 20th represents. Since the highly contentious substance centered around today's "holiday" has become such a large issue in the United States, we'll be discussing the growth of the Cannabis industry as it relates to your pet. Over the past year or two we've been shocked to see the growth of Cannabis and Marijuana products for pets and we feel the need to educate our readers about the growth of the industry and the future it may hold for your pets.
As Americans, we'll discuss the Cannabis Industry as it relates to the good ol' US of A. As all Americans know, the use, sale, and possession of all forms of Cannabis in the United States are illegal under federal law. While Uncle Sam maintains this ruling at the federal level, there has been a Cannabis revolution over the past 15 years in several U.S states, including Nevada, Maine, Colorado, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Alaska, and Oregon where the sale and possession of marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use.
While the negative and positive causes of this revolution can be debated in hundreds of different way, what is undeniable is that there has been an explosion in the Cannabis industry with new Cannabis related businesses taking advantage of newly legal statuses. A new part of this Cannabis industry explosion is the Cannabidiol-for-dogs (CBD) businesses that have popped up in the last two years, a time period during which CBD pet product sales nationwide doubled.
For those who do not know, CBD is one of over 60 active cannabinoid chemicals in Marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn't create a euphoric sensation or a high. In other words, CBD biscuits won't make your dog a Cheech & Chong lookalike. Regardless of this fact, there remains a growing debate about whether or not pets should be consuming CBD products.
Academic research about CBD's affect on pets is nearly nonexistent, and the U.S Food and Drug Administration has not approved marijuana use in animals. Despite this, some veterinarians recommend their use, and producers say pet stores are increasingly beginning to carry CBD treats. As a whole, Veterinarians' views on CBDs vary as well.
While there is a lack of research and scientific facts in studies of CBD's affect on pets, Human studies have linked CBD to anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety effects. Extrapolating the positive attributes of CBD in Human use, the CBD-for-pets industry additionally cites supportive veterinarians and customer testimonials as evidence of the products' effectiveness in the same health areas for pets.
At the end of the day, the issue likely just comes down to a matter of ethics. Humans can verbally express discomfort when trying a new treatment. Pets cannot do this in the same exact way. It's a true sign of Modern Life where we must debate whether or not marijuana can truly relieve pets' pain.
As the medical and recreational cannabis market continues to explode into legitimacy, expect this issue of Cannabidiol-for-dogs (CBD) businesses to continue to increase as well. As new information comes to light and the industry continues to evolve, we'll be sure to report back on this and inform all of our readers.
Disclaimer: The content contained in this Modern Pet Living blog post is provided for general information only. It is not intended as nor should be relied upon as medical or legal advice. Modern Pet Living in no way endorses the use of illegal substances.
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