Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most beneficial cannabinoids in the cannabis plant , yielding a vast number of medical benefits. The real kicker with CBD is the fact that it has no psychoactive effects, we can harness the healing powers of cannabis without the high. This has proven to be a fantastic treatment option for children and even pets!
Dr. Rob Silver, a veterinarian in Colorado quite literally wrote the book on cannabis for pets, ‘ Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide.’ He recently shared a story with Dr. Becker on mercola.com about a client’s dog who has osteosarcoma (bone cancer), which caused the poor dog an enormous amount of pain each day. The client decided to try cannabinoids to help his pet, and after just 5-days the dog showed a huge improvement! He was able to put weight on the leg with the tumor once again; after just five days!
Understanding THC, CBD and Your Pet
Some people might find it hard to totally trust a story like this from a brand manager of a company that offers cannabidiol pet treats. But there are dozens of success stories circulating that are just like this.
We have a far better understanding of the health benefits of cannabidiol for humans than we do for pets. And even still, we have quite a ways to go before we understand the true spectrum of benefits cannabidiol has to offer.
Matthew J. Cote, brand manager at Auntie Dolores, a San Francisco Bay Area edibles manufacturer has its very own pet line of edibles called Treatibles. They decided to pursue CBD products for animals because aging dogs share quite a few of the same health problems as humans. If we could benefit so greatly from CBD, why couldn’t man’s best-friend?
Asked about the legal aspects of selling hemp-based products for pets in a highly regulated environment, the company representative says Green Life strives to ensure compliance with European Union (EU) rules.
“We first started distribution in Croatia, but … in very short period of time, we launched Canibis in new markets, such as Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. We just contracted export to Australia, Hungary and Slovenia,” Falamić said. “We also have an office in the UK, and we are working to start sales in new markets such as Austria, Germany, France and Poland.”
“Hemp seed oil contains omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids and is the only edible oil containing the immediate metabolites of linoleic and alphalinolic acids, namely gamalinolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA),” Falamić said. “Owing to this, it prevents the metabolism of essential fatty acids from weakening and helps achieve a balance in the body that results from genetic factors, intake of other fats, aging and habits. The high content of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids and the relatively high content of phytosterols are beneficial to the cardiovascular system.”
Omega fatty acids in hemp offer benefits for canine health
“For now, we comply with all the EU regulations, and we have no issues in those markets, but of course we have a lot of questions to answer and prove because we are making something that nobody has made before,” Falamić said. “We do have an absolutely different approach to developing pet food, as for us all ingredients are important, and every single ingredient that we use is there because it has a purpose.”
Croatian entrepreneurs Mladen and Mario Falamić have launched production of hemp-based dry dog food under the Canibis brand, made at their factory in Rakitovica in the eastern part of Croatia.
Mladen Falamić, co-owner and chief managing officer of Green Life Ltd., which owns the Canibis brand, told Petfoodindustry.com that the brothers spent five years on research and development before introducing their hemp-based dry dog food to the market. The company’s other products include Canibis cannabidiol (CBD) oil for dogs, with further hemp-based pet food products to be launched shortly.
The company’s hemp-based pet food products were first made in Croatia, but the company has already established ties with a number of foreign markets, according to Green Life’s co-owner.
Thus, contrary to popular belief, or what some CBD manufacturers would tell you, hemp and hemp-derived products are not approved for usage in animals in foods and treats.
If regulators are going into brick-and-mortar stores to look at and target products that are not registered or licensed or to purchase products for guaranteed analysis and microbial testing, then why are they not removing products that are in clear violation of state and federal laws?
Is there any enforcement of CBD in the pet industry?
The Food and Drug administration (FDA) continuously updates its page on the regulation of cannabis and cannabis-derived products, including CBD and hemp. The most recent update occurred on January 22, 2021; however, it did not impact anything we already knew about pet foods and treats. In the Questions and Answers section, FDA is extremely specific about the legality of interstate commerce for animal food or feed (which includes treats) containing CBD or hemp. For example:
These issues are in addition to the fact that hemp products in the marketplace are largely not standardized. For example, a recent study by Cornell University showed 10 of 29 CBD products tested were within 10% of the concentration on the label. That same study also showed that heavy metal contaminants were found in four of 29 products. This means that many CBD companies are not policing themselves, on top of regulatory authorities turning a blind eye. Talk about the Wild West!
Unfortunately, this issue gets further amplified because the barrier of entry into the marketplace is at an all-time low, since companies can sell directly to consumers and avoid brick-and-mortar distribution (and product registration) altogether.