AVMA releases CBD resource guide for veterinarians

September 16, 2020
dvm360 Staff

This new comprehensive guide highlights the latest scientific learnings and regulatory information on cannabis-derived products in animals.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released "Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine,” a comprehensive new guide that shares the latest research and regulatory updates on cannabis-related pet products, according to a press release from the association.

“Veterinarians face a wide variety of challenges and questions when it comes to cannabis and pets,” says AVMA President Douglas Kratt, DVM. “A clinician may need to treat a dog that has ingested marijuana intended for its owner's recreational use, or answer questions from clients about the legality, safety and effectiveness of cannabis-derived products marketed for use in companion animals.”

This 50-page guide, which will be updated regularly, includes:

  • An overview of the endogenous endocannabinoid system
  • A synopsis of manufacturing quality
  • A review of efficacy and safety studies in animals
  • Information about potential adverse effects (including toxicoses)
  • A description of the current regulatory landscape

The guide also provides historical information about CBD use in the United States and breaks down key cannabis terminology.

For advice on how to distinguish true cannabis experts, go here. AVMA members can access this new resource guide here.