“You’d be astounded by the analysis we’ve seen of products on the shelf with virtually no CBD in them”
Researchers are warning that CBD is MIA in many of the pet products currently on the market.
Legalization of hemp in the U.S. and Canada has led to an avalanche of products that claim to deliver the anxiety-soothing effects of CBD to our furry friends, but actually contain nothing of the sort.
“You’d be astounded by the analysis we’ve seen of products on the shelf with virtually no CBD in them,” Josepth Wakshlag, a veterinary researcher at Cornell University, told the Associated Press. “Or products with 2 milligrams per millilitre, when an effective concentration would be between 25 and 75 milligrams per millilitre.
“There are plenty of folks looking to make a dollar rather than produce anything that’s really beneficial.”
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp in the U.S., which created a loophole for hemp-derived CBD products. Under the legislation, CBD products existed under a grey area where stores could sell them, but no official regulation existed, which is causing consumer confusion.
Meanwhile, the FDA recently released a report to tell Americans the organization has little to no answers with regards to CBD. Instead, the FDA reminded us they only approved one CBD product, Epidiolex, which is used to treat two rare forms of epilepsy. Instead, the FDA warned potential users that “CBD has the potential to harm you, and harm can happen even before you become aware of it.”
The FDA says it has been working on regulations to govern the use of the products on two- and four-legged creatures alike and it has been keeping busy in the meantime by firing off warning letters to companies that make outlandish claims about their products.
“It’s really the Wild West out there,” said S. David Moche, founder of Applied Basic Science, a company that supports veterinary CBD research and sells the products online.
“Testing and labeling is going to be a critical part of the future of this industry,” he said.
With the pet market expected to hit US$1.7-billion by 2023, according to the Brightfield Group, the flood of products will only intensify, forcing pet owners to make some difficult decisions when caring for their furry friends.
“The growth is more rapid than I’ve seen for any product in 20 years in this business,” said Bill Bookout, president of the National Animal Supplement Council. “There’s a gold rush going on now. Probably 95 per cent of the industry participants are responsible, but what’s dangerous is the fly-by-night operative that wants to cash in.”
Without the rigorous backing of scientific study, the American Veterinary Medical Association is encouraging veterinarians to tell pet-owners about CBD but to hold off on prescriptions until the FDA is ready to rule.
That hasn’t stopped Amy Carter, a St. Francis, Wisc., pet owner from taking matters into her own hands. “It’s amazing,” Carter said. “Bentley was having multiple seizures a week. To have only six in the past seven months is absolutely incredible.”
Only time will tell if that’s a sign of things to come.
Written by David Yasvinski