Cannabidiol specifically has been in the medical spotlight as of late. It’s ability to provide profound health benefits without making users high is hugely beneficial. CBD is helping to make a name for cannabis in the medical world without giving marijuana-opponents any ammo to dispute its safety or efficacy.
Dr. Rob Silver, a veterinarian in Colorado quite literally wrote the book on cannabis for pets, ‘ Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide.’ He recently shared a story with Dr. Becker on mercola.com about a client’s dog who has osteosarcoma (bone cancer), which caused the poor dog an enormous amount of pain each day. The client decided to try cannabinoids to help his pet, and after just 5-days the dog showed a huge improvement! He was able to put weight on the leg with the tumor once again; after just five days!
Benefits of Cannabis for Pets
Thanks to the companies specializing in the advancement of CBD research and product development, there are plenty of strains and extracts available that are safe for your pet. Cultivators are breeding cannabis plants to maximize CBD levels and minimize THC. These are the purely ‘medical strains’, usually used to create high CBD cannabis oils .
Dogs in particular are quite a bit more sensitive to THC than humans. It doesn’t offer them the same euphoric high, in fact they really don’t enjoy being high at all.
Cannabidiol does the very same thing for many humans, it offers powerful pain relief and healing qualities without sacrificing quality of life. There isn’t a laundry list of debilitating side effects like so many pharmaceuticals, which is why the pharmaceutical industry is spending so much trying to block marijuana legalization .
“For now, we comply with all the EU regulations, and we have no issues in those markets, but of course we have a lot of questions to answer and prove because we are making something that nobody has made before,” Falamić said. “We do have an absolutely different approach to developing pet food, as for us all ingredients are important, and every single ingredient that we use is there because it has a purpose.”
“We first started distribution in Croatia, but … in very short period of time, we launched Canibis in new markets, such as Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. We just contracted export to Australia, Hungary and Slovenia,” Falamić said. “We also have an office in the UK, and we are working to start sales in new markets such as Austria, Germany, France and Poland.”
The company’s hemp-based pet food products were first made in Croatia, but the company has already established ties with a number of foreign markets, according to Green Life’s co-owner.
Omega fatty acids in hemp offer benefits for canine health
Canibis dog food contains hemp seed oil, which offers health benefits, according to the manufacturer. l Courtesy of Green Life Ltd.
Mladen Falamić, co-owner and chief managing officer of Green Life Ltd., which owns the Canibis brand, told Petfoodindustry.com that the brothers spent five years on research and development before introducing their hemp-based dry dog food to the market. The company’s other products include Canibis cannabidiol (CBD) oil for dogs, with further hemp-based pet food products to be launched shortly.
“Hemp seed oil contains omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids and is the only edible oil containing the immediate metabolites of linoleic and alphalinolic acids, namely gamalinolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA),” Falamić said. “Owing to this, it prevents the metabolism of essential fatty acids from weakening and helps achieve a balance in the body that results from genetic factors, intake of other fats, aging and habits. The high content of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids and the relatively high content of phytosterols are beneficial to the cardiovascular system.”
Croatian entrepreneurs Mladen and Mario Falamić have launched production of hemp-based dry dog food under the Canibis brand, made at their factory in Rakitovica in the eastern part of Croatia.
When I am asked, “How are these ingredients in marketplace?” I often respond, “I don’t know. Good question.” I am also often asked, “What will it take for enforcement?” In my opinion, it will likely take animals getting sick or dying. Which is not the right answer!
Unfortunately, CBD/hemp is not the only “non-approved’” ingredient in the marketplace that lacks enforcement by state and federal agencies. Despite the state of the industry and general lack of enforcement and accountability, this should not come as a surprise. If they fail to enforce a “drug” from being put into a pet food, how are authorities going to enforce other ingredients that have been in the marketplace for years or are starting to gain traction in the marketplace, like crickets, sprouted grains and seeds, kefir and others?
Great question! The laws and regulations for CBD and hemp for dogs and cats are black and white. Further, with acknowledgement of such laws and regulations by federal, state agencies and AAFCO, it makes you wonder why there is failure to enforce them? It is not like inspectors do not see it when they walk into the store to determine who has properly registered their foods and treats to pay their yearly license/registration or tonnage fees. Or that the information from such companies and manufacturers is not clearly accessible on their computers at home or in the office.
Other unapproved ingredients not being enforced
For example, Super Snouts Hemp Company offers you a fun, tasty treat to deliver CBD to your best friend in peanut butter (240 mg of water-soluble CBD). Another example: Honest Paws offers soft chews to calm nervous pets, relieve occasional aches and discomfort, and provide great comfort in life with virtually zero side effects (5mg CBD per bone-shaped chew). Yet another example, Charlotte’s Web Calming Chews, contain 2.5mg of plant-based cannabinoids per chew and help with doggie stresses, anxiousness and emotional balance.
Answer: All ingredients in animal food must be the subject of an approved food additive petition or generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for their intended use in the intended species. If an animal food contains an ingredient that is not the subject of an approved food additive petition or GRAS for its intended use in the intended species, that animal food would be adulterated under section 402(a)(2)(C)(i) of the FD&C Act [21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(2)(C)(i)]. In coordination with state feed control officials, CVM also recognizes ingredients listed in the Official Publication (OP) of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) as being acceptable for use in animal food. At this time, there are no approved food additive petitions or ingredient definitions listed in the AAFCO OP for any substances derived from hemp, and we are unaware of any GRAS conclusions regarding the use of any substances derived from hemp in animal food.
Thus, contrary to popular belief, or what some CBD manufacturers would tell you, hemp and hemp-derived products are not approved for usage in animals in foods and treats.
If regulators are going into brick-and-mortar stores to look at and target products that are not registered or licensed or to purchase products for guaranteed analysis and microbial testing, then why are they not removing products that are in clear violation of state and federal laws?