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Is CBD for your Pet? Vets in Michigan can now tell you it is.

Recently I have noticed a trend of customers coming in to The Pharm Stand and saying “My doctor told me I should give CBD a try.” This is a phrase I love to hear because it speaks to the legitimacy of CBD as a dietary supplement that can help people get back to a mind and body equilibrium. If doctors are making the CBD recommendation to their patients then the growing number of studies and trials completed, and being completed, must have merit. We should listen, because to quote an old saying “The Doctor knows best.”

The second most used phrase I hear from customers coming in to The Pharm Stand for the first time is “My veterinarian told me CBD could be beneficial for my pet.” This is a phrase I also love to hear, and this phrase is becoming more popular from Vets all over the country, as exhibited by an amendment to the Public Health Code in the state of Michigan.

In Michigan, in the week following Christmas, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed Bill 5085. Rep. Gregory Markkanen (R) introduced the bill to the Michigan House of Representatives in early 2020. The bill gives permission for a Veterinarian to talk to a pet owner about using Marijuana and Industrial Hemp on that owner’s animal. Michigan’s public health code restricted Vets from doing so, but Bill 5805 has amended that code.

Industrial Hemp is a term that includes CBD, and all other cannabinoids (CBG, CBC, CBN, etc.). It also includes extracts the other compounds from the Hemp plant, such as isomers, acids, and salts. Industrial Hemp also has a THC concentration of no more than 0.3%.  

Representatives of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association testified in support of the bill in January, 2020.

I guess CBD is for the dogs, (literally, not the idiom) cats, horses, and any other animal with a spinal column. Having a spinal column means they have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), and cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, etc.) interact with the ECS in a beneficial way for their health & wellness. If an animal has chronic inflammation or bouts of anxiety then CBD can help. This is great news, because let’s be honest, Humming Birds really need to chill out.

If you are interested in starting your pet on a CBD regiment you should talk to your vet. There expertise can be vital to giving you the information you need to make an informed decision on whether or not CBD can be the correct step to help your fury friend.

If you are a dog owner there is also a great blog post written by a veterinarian named Dr. Edele Grey. In the blog she covers how CBD affects dogs, if it is safe, how to pick the right CBD supplement, and proper dosing for your pup. You can give that blog a read at Fluent Woof.

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