Chronic Staff | Top Shelf News | February 11, 2021
Human inaccessibility brought by the pandemic has greatly increased the number of pet owners. It comes with not only ownership but a responsibility for another life in the household. According to the Veterinary Cannabis Society, 90% of pet parents consider their pets an equal member of the family.
It was a good day when governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation to make Michigan, second to California, to legalize the use of Marijuana in suppository.
Walking on eggshells, Dr, Trina Hazzah, an LA veterinary oncologist and medical cannabis activist, says that CBD medications is a huge deal but had to watch how it is discussed to pet parents because the THC, or the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant is deemed illegal on a federal level. Dr. Hazzah specializes in dogs and cats but she is also a consultant for the LA Zoo.
There are top reasons Vets won’t advise cannabis and first is lack of knowledge at 68%. The second one is that the field needs more research at 59% and 48% that it is illegal. Nevertheless, almost 100% of the veterinarians have encountered the question.
Due to the need for cognizance and safety protocols, Dr. Hazzah and some of her colleagues formed the Veterinary Cannabis Society last year. They will reach out to vets, pet owners and cannabis producers soon in order to fully test medications which Dr. Hazzah coined as a veterinary’s Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. The need for this awareness is simply palpable.
Increased number of pet owners during pandemic can contribute to the CBD sale of $426 million based on the July 2020 Brightfield Group study. In relation to this, infused products for pets are also forecasted to contribute 3 to 5% of all U.S. CBD sales of 2025.
“Minor Cannabinoids” apart from CBD, plays an integral part in human and animal medicine.
CBDa – an acid form of CBD, can be effective for inflammation or what they call antiemetic or anti-nausea remedies, according to Hazzah.
THCa, the acid form of Delta- 9 displays effectiveness for seizures.
If indeed the pets are treated as equal members of the family, they deserve the best and effective medicine there is whatever it takes.
“It’s tough because how many products do we dispense from a hospital that are not FDA approved?” Dr. Trina Hazzah emphasized during her interview.
“I can tell you that as an integrative oncologist, half of the remedies that patients are on are not even FDA approved. I use traditional Chinese herbs. I use medicinal mushrooms and Western herbs,” the veterinarian said.
To date, no one is arguing against her use of those medications, she pointed out. But cannabis? “Cannabis as a whole is put on a totally different level.”
Dr. Hazzah is apparently exhilarated that she can now openly converse cannabis solutions with pet owners, however, at the same time, she cannot make any cannabis claim. Hence, she can discuss, but not recommend.