By Bob Henrickson, D.V.M.
After three sets of tennis, I noticed a constant throbbing pain in my shoulder. I knew I had tendonitis from a MRI study done months before, and happened to be driving my daughter back to her apartment. A CBD shop was right next to her apartment, so I decided to see if they had any salve for aches and pains. Five minutes after it applying to my shoulder, the pain was completely gone. It worked!
So, we know CBD is good stuff, but . . . where are we now? Hemp (from the cannabis sativa plant species) and CBD (short for cannabidiol—one of 113 identified cannabinoids in the cannabis plant sativa, accounting for up to 40% of the plant extract) are exciting new topics in both human and animal health.
The Farm Bill & What It Means
In December 2018, H.R. 2 The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 ( also known as the “Farm Bill”) was signed into law. It includes a provision to remove hemp or cannabis and its many derivatives from the Controlled Substance Act. That means products derived from the cannabis plant that contain less then 0.3% of THC (that’s tetrahydrocannabinol—the psychoactive compound in cannabis that creates the “high” effect) are legal.
Any amount above the 0.3% THC level will still be subject to Schedule I controlled substance regulations, alongside “hard drugs” such as LSD and ecstasy. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will still monitor all label claims on hemp and CBD, and requires a cannabis product that claims health benefits to be approved. Products containing cannabis-derived ingredients that claim to mitigate, cure, or prevent disease is considered a new drug and must go through the proper FDA drug approval process. New York State is now on track to pass regulation on CBD and related products, which will ultimately ensure product quality and safety.
Here at Healios, we believe in being transparent about our business practices, so we provide downloadable lab results to assure our customers of our organically grown, non-GMO, completely gluten-free cannabidiol (CBD) products, which contain zero THC, pesticides, metals, or harsh chemicals.
Studies on Hemp & Its Uses
Hemp extracts are not addictive, nor can people or pets get “high” like with marijuana, because hemp extracts contain less then 0.3% THC. In my practice as a veterinarian, most pets using CBD show decreased levels of anxiety and display calm behavior. Many new studies testing possible uses for this incredible little ingredient are underway at universities across the country. For example, recent studies by veterinary schools at Cornell University and Colorado State have shown CBD to improve arthritis in dogs, and decreased seizure activity.
Research for human usage has led to a drug called Epidiolex, a cannabidiol-based medication used in managing severe seizures in people older then 2 years of age. Preliminary research also indicates that CBD may be effective as an anti-psychotic. CBD has even shown promise in decreasing opioid cravings for addicted people. Even as far back as 2012, authors of a review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology stated that, “Evidence is emerging to suspect CBD is a potent inhibitor of cancer growth.”
The future of CBD is bright, but its benefits have to be based on fact, not fiction. Stay tuned here to the Healios blog, where we’ll keep you updated on the explosive growth of the CBD industry, what’s happening with hemp now, and the science behind it all.
Robert Henrickson, D.V.M., graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He is now the owner & sole practitioner of Manhasset Animal Hospital (516-627-0057), and has responded to pet emergency house calls since 1986. He serves dogs, cats, birds, and exotic animals, and answers his cell phone 24/7. He’s also an artist (see his sculptures at HondoArt.com), as well as member of five athletic Halls of Fame.