Countless thousands of good Californian dogs and cute cats will suffer from fewer bouts, less arthritis pain and anxiety, thanks to a new law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 18.
newly released Assembly Bill 1885 Veterinarians are allowed to “recommend” medicinal cannabis products to their furry patients. Previously, vets could only “discuss” such products with their patients’ owners, leading many vets to avoid the topic rather than risk losing their license.
“It’s a huge shift,” said Tim Shaw, president of the Los Angeles-based Pet Cannabis Coalition and founder/CEO of the Pet Cannabis Coalition. Veterinarian DrConvention on Biological Diversity. “This is the first bill of its kind in the world. My goal is for countries and other countries to see this as a framework.”
Sponsored by San Jose, California, Association member Ash Clara (D), the new law gained the support of the state’s Veterinary Medical Board, and unanimous It passed both houses of the California legislature. “This was unbelievable,” said Dr. Shaw.
The bill has no organized opposition. One small topical brand, Lovingly & Legally, has safety concerns.
Nobody talks about hotboxing your cat
This law does not mean that you can or should offer your dog weed chocolate or a hotbox for your cat. The bottom line is to enable animal medicine experts to guide the delivery of care for sick animals. Right now, desperate pet owners are turning to internet forums, or DIY pet potions.
“We want the owners to get guidance,” Dr. Shaw said. “Traditionally, vets said, ‘Sorry, I can’t talk to you about that. “This bill bridges that gap. Go to a vet and get this recommendation.”
Rep. Kalra stated: “While current law allows veterinarians to discuss the use of cannabis products in animals, they are not allowed to recommend them to their animal patients. This is serious legal oversight, as veterinary recommendations help pet owners make safer and more responsible decisions when they consider giving their animals medicinal materials.
“AB 1885 will ensure that pet owners receive appropriate guidance when they provide the benefits of safe and regulated therapeutic cannabis to their pets.”
Representative Ash Kalra (D-San Jose)
In short, AB 1885 will ensure that pet owners receive appropriate guidance when providing the benefits of safe and regulated therapeutic cannabis to their pets.
The Board of Veterinary Medical Support stated, “By allowing veterinarians to recommend animal hemp products for potential therapeutic purposes, AB 1885 provides a safer environment for pet owners to make informed decisions for their pets.”
MMJ used for pet seizures, pain
Veterinarians were “discussing” the use of cannabidiol (CBD) plus low doses of THC to calm seizures, reduce arthritis pain, relieve anxiety, and stimulate appetite in animals with cancer. If these sound like the usual human applications of medical cannabis, that’s because they are. All vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system that responds to the active components of the vessel. Animals have different tolerances and counterindices than humans, but the science is sound.
“We have seen cannabis, especially CBD, significantly reduce the number of seizures a pet has, and in some cases eliminate them completely,” Shaw said. Dogs in CBD show reduced pain and inflammation, or reduced itch.
“Every year we’re starting to see more and more vets saying, ‘I’ve seen it’s very effective for my patients who have arthritis or anxiety. “
There is no FDA approval for pet-focused cannabis yet
About 70% of American households have pets. In many cases, they become surrogates for spouses or children. Shaw said humans in Los Angeles push dogs in strollers and take cats for walks.
Just like humans, the federal illegal Schedule 1 status of marijuana prevents basic research into the drug’s effectiveness. Veterinarians use expensive and dangerous drugs in conditions that can be managed cheaply and safely with cannabinoids.
Raw cannabis is very cheap and difficult to obtain patents for pharmaceutical companies to exploit. “There are no hemp-derived products approved for use in animals by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” according to state records.
According to the state board of veterinarians, “the board would like to obtain funding for animal cannabis research.”
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It’s not just about CBD
The legalization of hemp has revitalized CBD research for pets, but Shu said THC is also important. Cannabis may be more effective and less toxic than many NSAIDs.
“THC has got a bad wrap. … Too much THC can have negative side effects, but THC has medicinal benefits by itself. The biggest one is THC and inflammation,” he said. amount of THC.”
But you have to get the right dose or else THC may cause anxiety. All this all the more reason to loop in a trained vet is now protected by state law.
According to the floor of the Senate AnalyticsTHC is particularly toxic to pets, and can cause hyperactivity, excessive drooling, vomiting, gastrointestinal upset, incontinence, seizures, confusion, and difficulty maintaining balance. In addition, many edible hemp products may contain contains added ingredients that are dangerous to cats and dogs, such as chocolate and xylitol.”
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Medical cannabis rights follow human
The path of reform follows the path set for humans. In 1996, Californians legalized medical cannabis, but doctors feared the license would be revoked for recommending a plant considered equal to street heroin. A court case affirmed physicians’ First Amendment right to “recommend” cannabis; Although they cannot “describe it”.
“Vets are a little more hesitant than their human counterparts, and a little more fearful. We’ve seen that change,” Shaw said.
A world of applications throughout the animal kingdom awaits in the twenty-first century. Dr. Shaw knows the use of cannabis on horses, pigs, ferrets, rabbits, rats, and birds.
The bill requires the Veterinary Council to adopt and publish the recommendation guidelines by January 1, 2024.
Fully tested and state-approved medical cannabis pet products will come to dispensaries, under new rules from the Cannabis Control Administration, no later than July 1, 2025.
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