Canada is showing their neighbor to the south how cannabis legalization should be when it comes to business and research. Billions of dollars have entered the Canadian cannabis sector recently. Major supporters of anti-cannabis campaigns like big tobacco, the alcohol industry, and even former authorities and officials are taking a stake in the cannabis space. They are eating Porterhouse and Filet Mignon. This is after years of helping criminalize and demonize cannabis consumers, supporters, and the plant itself.
Canopy Animal Health Gets Green Light
All that aside, Canada is making progress for the first time with legal clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of cannabidiol aka CBD on animals. Health Canada has permitted Canopy Animal Health to conduct studies with CBD to determine its effectiveness with treating anxiety in pets. Cannabis has remained illegal for veterinarians to prescribe to animals in Canada. That was until Oct. 17, 2018. When adult use recreational cannabis became legal in Canada. On this day, Health Canada added phytocannabinoids (including CBD) to the veterinary and human prescription drug list.
Canopy Animal Health became the first to gain the necessary approval to begin these clinical trials. It is likely that other organizations will join this research. This research will help deepen our understanding of this hempsational plant called cannabis. Health Canada is keeping a watchful eye on these studies. They have a special concern when the studies are on livestock used as food. A spokesperson for Health Canada told Weedmaps;
“For all research or studies to be conducted using a veterinary drug, the objective is to ensure that there is appropriate oversight to ensure the overall health and welfare and treatment of study animals. If the study includes food-producing animals, Health Canada also considers food safety information.”
This is great news for animal lovers. Especially those who want to see their furry friends have the right to benefit from cannabis the same as people.