New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin introduced a bill Thursday that would allow veterinarians to prescribe medical marijuana to pets. State bill A10104, which was referred to the Health committee, would extend medical marijuana protections to any vet-treated animal in the state of New York.
In fact, the main compound in medical marijuana for pets is CBD, which is also the active ingredient in medical marijuana for humans. CBD’s effects are primarily physical rather than psychological. CBD-based medications are used as pain relievers, anti-nausea medications, and even to treat seizures.
Of course, some animals are plagued by these maladies as well, and it’s this group that Paulin’s bill ostensibly targets. Even so, the effects of CBD on animals remain unclear, and experts say more research is needed.
There is a wealth of anecdotal claims attesting to the success of medicating animals with CBD, but there is certainly no scientific consensus. And because marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency, scientists can’t conduct research on marijuana without the fear of government crackdowns.
Despite the potential threat of funding cuts or legal action, there is currently one study on the effects of CBD on dogs being conducted at Colorado State University. As of yet, the study results aren’t available.