The Veterinary Cannabis Society has unveiled an educational portal and website for marijuana product companies, pet owners and veterinarians. Marijuana in pet care has grown in popularity, which has brought along with it misinformation and confusion, with some products not only causing individuals to waste their money but also negatively affecting pets. In some cases, products may lead to death.
Dogs, in particular, are sensitive to marijuana products that contain THC, which is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Cannabis toxicity is a severe medical issue that has been increasing since recreational and medical use of cannabis became legal in various states across the United States.
A study that was recently published in the “Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care” found that between 2005 and 2010, the number of dogs that were treated for cannabis poisoning had more than tripled in Colorado after medical cannabis was legalized in the state. Another study conducted by LeafReport has discovered that almost 60% of the pet products have inaccurate claims on their labels. This is why quality control is crucial for pet products.
Veterinarians are also not permitted to discuss the use of marijuana for pets with pet owners in some states. Dr. Trina Hazzah, who is the co-founder and president of the Veterinary Cannabis Society, stated that veterinarians found it difficult to discuss marijuana with pet owners because the vets lacked the knowledge or wanted to avoid possible legal implications. Hazzah noted that it wasn’t right for veterinarians to risk their livelihood or license because they were trying to do what was right for their patients. According to the Veterinary Cannabis Society, almost 70% of veterinarians will not advise pet parents on marijuana because they lack the knowledge.
The veterinary society, which was established in 2020, was founded in response to the gap in knowledge concerning the appropriate and safe use of medical marijuana for treating animals. In addition to offering general information, the society also provides its members with educational resources, including presentations, videos, podcasts, a research library and critically reviewed articles.
Hazzah observed that she’d developed an interest in marijuana medicine when looking for integrative effective approaches for veterinary cancer patients. She noted that the cancer society’s goal was for an empowered and educated international veterinary medical marijuana community. The Veterinary Cancer Society is currently working with interested organizations and parties in several states in the country to promote reasonable legislation for the use of medical marijuana in the veterinary profession. This is in addition to working to create a system of product quality standards.
Such portals are likely to spread awareness about the potential benefits and risks of marijuana compounds for different market segments, and with that awareness, demand could grow for the products made by companies such as Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTCQX: RWBYF).
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