The Legal Status of Cannabis for Animals

In recent years, the use of cannabis in veterinary medicine has gone from obscure concept to a mainstream issue. This explosion of interest in the use of cannabis and CBD for animals has led to the development of a multi-million dollar industry creating cannabis-based products for pets. As so often happens, however, public demand is a few steps ahead of the medical and legal establishment.

As with humans, cannabis for pets can be broadly divided into two categories: hemp-based CBD and true medical cannabis (marijuana) products. Both categories face their own individual legal challenges while the veterinary profession has its own internal battle on how to address the growing interest and body of research to support the use of medical cannabis for animals. As a means of clearing the air, following is a summary of the challenges faced by pet owners and veterinarians regarding the use of cannabis for animals.

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