Cannabidiol (CBD) has been receiving increasing attention for its use in the treatment of pain in veterinary medicine. Unlike marijuana, which is a class 1 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol is an extract of the hemp plant that has THC levels lower than 0.3 percent. There is almost no published research on the use of CBD in animals. Some research is currently being performed at Colorado State University on the use of CBD for pain, but as with most research projects, the results won’t be available for some time. Many states have different statutes on the use of CBD oil on pets. Some states consider it illegal. It is legal for us in Minnesota. Veterinary Medical Association (VMA) has no comment either way concerning CBD oil. Veterinarians face increased liability when using CBD to treat animals. The doctors at NURVC and RHPCH are not currently recommending the use of CBD oil until further information and data is available. Owners that want to use it will do so at their own risk.
Dr. Bill Baumgartner