Quick hit: What Do Vets Know About CBD?

Some recent highlights and curiosities from the amazing world of cannabis science and therapeutics.
By Adrian Devitt-Lee On February 27, 2019

A number of surveys have asked doctors what they know about cannabis and how comfortable they feel talking with patients about it. A similar survey was recently conducted about CBD and dogs among over 2000 veterinarians in the United States. Less than half of vets were comfortable talking to clients about CBD for pets. Among this group, vets were most comfortable recommending CBD for pain management, anxiety, and seizures in dogs. Young vets were much less likely to talk with clients about CBD or cannabis. Among those who had experience treating pets with CBD, the vast majority (~80%) did not feel that state veterinary organizations provide enough guidance on how to abide by state or federal laws. A similar proportion believed that from a moral and medical perspective, CBD should be allowed for pets. Only 16% of them supported the schedule 1 status of cannabis, and even fewer thought that CBD should remain a schedule 1 drug.

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Adrian Devitt-Lee, Project CBD's chief science writer, is employed as a research chemist by the University College of London.