Cannabinoids have several applications in the animal health industry, including pharmaceuticals, food, and animal feed. In addition, their use is beneficial for various companion animal medical conditions. However, they have been classified as Schedule I drug by the FDA and are therefore considered adulterants in food production. Despite this, researchers are still studying the benefits of cannabinoids for various animal diseases.
They Are Beneficial For Some Medical Conditions In Companion Animals.
Many veterinary professionals are worried about the potential side effects of Cannabis on animals. However, some pet owners buy CBC and use it in small doses to help their pets. Cannabinoids have therapeutic potential and may help dogs with various health problems. While no formal scientific studies have yet been done on cannabinoids and animals, there is some preliminary evidence. Cannabinoids are extracted from Cannabis, a plant from Asia that is a member of the Cannabaceae family. Cannabis is a tough-fibred plant and is often separated into tall, loosely branched species and low, densely branched species. Depending on the amount of THC present, Cannabis is often categorized as hemp or marijuana.
Cannabinoids Are Used In Food, Animal Feed, And Pharmaceuticals.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in Cannabis that activate certain receptors in the human body to produce pharmacological effects. These compounds are already approved drugs used to treat cancer-related side effects. While further research is required to understand these compounds fully, they are believed to have therapeutic benefits for several conditions.
Clinical trials involving cannabis-based products must meet strict quality requirements like any other pharmaceutical product. This includes appropriate oversight and the safety and treatment of study animals. In addition, the Natural Health Products Regulations, which regulate clinical trials of natural health products, also apply to research involving Cannabis.
They Are Considered Adulterants In Food Production.
Although Cannabis and cannabinoids are not illegal, the FDA has stated that they are adulterants in food. The agency also stated that IH is an appropriate new source of nutrition for cattle. This means that veterinarians need to understand the half-lives of cannabinoids in animal feed to work with cattle producers and avoid inadvertently using this substance.
Under the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, adulterated products bear an added deleterious substance. In January of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services declared CBD an unsafe additive in food, despite it being a pharmaceutical component approved by the FDA (Epidiolex). However, AB-45 expressly excludes CBD from the definition of “THC” and thus is not considered an adulterant in food.