CBD Uses and Applications
CBD is gaining popularity among our four-legged friends. More companies are producing pet-specific products to address pain, seizures, inflammation, and appetite issues in cats and dogs. The American Veterinary Medical Association does not have an official position on cannabis and pets, for it is still illegal for veterinarians to recommend cannabis to treat patients. This has not stopped pet owners across the country, who are using the hemp-derived CBD treats on the market to treat pain and cancer symptoms in their animal companions. CBD is not approved as a treatment for pets according to the FDA, so companies need to be careful in how they market their products. The FDA has warned companies to change the language of their marketing away from promoting an “unapproved new animal drug.”
CBD is also gaining attention in alternative and mainstream medical circles. One year after Weed aired, the waiting list for the CBD products that treated Charlotte Figi’s Dravet Syndrome was more than 12,000 families. Researchers in Israel are delving deeply into research around epilepsy looking for a to see if cannabinoids like CBD may offer benefit.
Research published by NCBI titled, Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs, examines “effects of cannabinoids on immune cell populations.” This research is promising and shows a new openness by legacy institutions to new botanical therapies.
Further, scientists and researchers are looking at how cannabindoids can possibly accelerate the death of undesirable or diseased cells as described by the authors in this medical journal.
There are numerous, hopeful personal accounts of people who have treated themselves with botanical remedies, and while promising, the science is still early. Research has largely been limited to preclinical studies carried out on animals. Rigorous clinical studies need to be done in order to push the science forward and further the role of cannabis in the medical mainstream.