Six Things You Need to Know About CBD and Other Hemp-containing Pet Products

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The trend toward state-level legalization of cannabis has led to a surge in cannabis-derived products and a continually evolving market with many types of cannabis products for people as well as their pets. Analysts predict that pet-and-animal product sales are among the fastest-growing sectors in the CBD market with estimated sales reaching $125 million by 2022. WRITTEN BY: Womble Bond Dickinson Heather Hatcher, Ph.D. L. Christine Lawson Below is our list of six things we think every pet parent (or pet product manufacturer) needs to know about CBD and other hemp-containing pet products as well as the challenges facing regulators, veterinarians and industry stakeholders. 1.  The basics on CBD, hemp and the 2018 Farm Bill Cannabis sativa Linnaeus (Cannabis) is a hardy plant species that comprise many cannabis cultivars and chemovars with wide-ranging concentrations of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC; the psychoactive component of cannabis); cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and cannabinol (CBN); as well as terpenes, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. CBD is the main nonintoxicating phytocannabinoid, and unlike THC, CBD has a very low affinity for CB receptors of the endocannabinoid system and possesses the unique ability to counteract the intoxicating and adverse effects of cannabis, such as anxiety, tachycardia, hunger, and sedation in rats and humans. Parts of the Cannabis plant have been controlled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) since 1970 [21 U.S.C 802(16)]. In December 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, changed how certain types of cannabis are scheduled by removing hemp, defined as cannabis and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low concentrations of THC (less than 0.3% THC) from the list of controlled substances under the CSA. The 2018 Farm Bill did not change anything with respect to animal food. Hemp or any derivatives remain Unapproved Ingredients for use in animal food of any kind…

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