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While Richter, in California, acknowledged that hemp-based products can be effective and are more widely available, he prefers to use cannabis products whenever possible in order to take advantage of the plant’s entourage effect—the synergistic results created by the hundreds of active compounds in cannabis working together. That effect disappears when you try to isolate a specific elements, he said.

Depending on your location, cannabis products can be hard to come by. Luckily, hemp-based treatments are available in all 50 states and can provide some of the same relief. Hemp products are high in CBD, a cannabis compound that has lauded medical uses but doesn’t cause the psychoactive high that comes with THC.

Silver added that because many veterinarians risk their licenses and criminal prosecution for prescribing cannabis to pets, they have to be very careful in how they talk about the plant. “As far as our First Amendment freedom of speech to speak directly about this,” he said, “if we’re not giving medical advice—if we’re giving educational information—it’s a much easier situation.”

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“Right now it’s a conversation that has to be had very, very carefully between veterinarians and pet owners so nobody gets into legal jeopardy,” he said.

Vets don’t have the authority to prescribe a Schedule I drug, so don’t expect a quick trip to the local animal hospital to yield a doggie bag for Fido. In fact, vets in many states are barred from counseling pet owners on the potential therapeutic uses of cannabis, Richter explained.

A growing number of veterinarians believe cannabidiol (CBD) products can be effective in treating an array of ailments in dogs and cats, from anxiety to a lack of appetite—but federal and state laws make it nearly impossible for them to discuss it with pet owners.

While there has been previous research suggesting CBD can help with canine osteoarthritis, this study looked at both traditional CBD and CBD in a liposomal formulation, a method used to make it easier to absorb CBD, which isn’t very bioavailable on it’s own. “It’s kind of like a Trojan horse, or a water balloon” explains Halpert. “We put the CBD inside of that and the liposome itself, the balloon itself, is actually very bioavailable.”

The research also lends support to reports of success with CBD from dog owners, such as Zoe Lilly, who lives in Oxfordshire England with her 7 and a half year old dog Zeus – a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Zoe says she noticed Zeus getting a little stiff on one leg, so she decided to try out CBD. She says “It’s made his movement more fluid and he can play pretty well.” Zoe hasn’t noticed any negative side effects in Zeus since starting, but she does report noticing that it helps relax him before vet visits.

“I have never seen an added benefit to liposomal encapsulation with these molecules” he explains “I think in theory makes a lot of sense, but we haven’t seen the data to support that at this point.”

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The recent study, published in the journal PAIN, looked at whether different doses and formulations of CBD might help dogs suffering from osteoarthritis – and the results suggested that it could.

“I openly admit that I was surprised at how quickly we saw such large results” says Matthew Halpert PhD, Faculty with the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine and Senior Scientific Advisor for Medterra. “I would not have expected to see too much of anything in just one month.”

Canine osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition marked by pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. And it can leave dogs lethargic, irritable and reluctant to play, run or jump. Unfortunately, the condition is all too common in dogs. Researchers estimate that it affects at least 20% of all dogs older than 1 year old, with higher risk for older dogs.

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Silver said that clinical dose is a good place to start for pets.

In the clinical trials completed thus far, researchers have given dogs CBD oil in a ratio of 2 milligrams for every kilogram the dog weighs (so heavier dogs get more CBD oil). Before these studies, Cital said, dosing was “totally trial and error.”

If CBD makes sense for your pet, Cital said, vets can also suggest high-quality products, since not all are tested or approved by the Food and Drug Administration Some cannabis products could contain heavy metals or have less CBD content than a product’s packaging may suggest. A 2017 study from Johns Hopkins looked at 84 CBD products from 31 companies and found that 26% had less CBD than advertised.

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More research on the effectiveness of cannabis for pets is needed— CSU has launched a larger clinical trial for CBD in dogs — but Silver told INSIDER that these preliminary findings about CBD are promising.

When a person, dog, or other animal ingests cannabis, the molecules fit into the endocannabinoid system’s receptors. As a result, a person might feel THC’s psychoactive effects, or in the case of CBD products, potential feelings of calm or pain relief. Dogs, cats, and other animals could feel these effects too.

For another study, published in June 2018, researchers from Cornell University gave CBD oil to 16 dogs with osteoarthritis every 12 hours for four weeks. They found that the dogs who got the CBD oil had less pain than the dogs who were given a placebo. The pups’ pain levels were assessed using the Canine Brief Pain Inventory (CBPI), a method that looks at how a dog’s daily functions like walking are impacted by pain.

Robert Silver, an integrative veterinarian, told INSIDER that the National Animal Supplement Council has given a number of CBD products its quality seal of approval, a sign that pet parents are increasingly seeking out the alternative treatment.