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Ontario Dogs to Remain CBD-Free

June 16, 2017
Unrecognizable vet about to examine a white bulldog in the animal hospital.
The life of a dog can be an enviable thing, filled with sleeping, eating, and sniffing the butts of peers with impunity. But sometimes things go wrong, with the unluckiest dogs experiencing ailments like anxiety, chronic pain, persistent seizures, and osteoporosis. One potential remedy for these canine ills: CBD oil, which progressive pet owners have successfully used to treat their dogs’ serious medical conditions.

Unfortunately, officially sanctioned medical marijuana for dogs is a way off, as recent discussions between the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and the Office of Medical Cannabis at Health Canada confirmed that Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations do not apply to veterinarians or their animal patients.


Treating Seizures in Dogs and Other Pets With CBD

“Both cannabis (marijuana) and cannabidiol are Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,” notes the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. “As veterinarians are included in the definition of practitioner in this Act, veterinarians would be permitted to prescribe either substance if there was a legal pathway to do so. The Office of Controlled Substances at Health Canada has confirmed that there are currently no approved CBD products for animals, meaning there is no legal pathway to obtain these products for animals in Canada.”

A ray of hope: Colorado State University is currently conducting clinical trials for CBD as a possible treatment for epilepsy and osteoporosis in dogs. If successful, these trials could lead to FDA-approved cannabidiol treatments in the U.S., which might inspire Health Canada to follow suit.

In the meantime, please enjoy this photograph of a dog dressed as a pickle.


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  • Turner Kayston

    College of Veterinarians of Ontario and the Office of Medical Cannabis at Health Canada…; both are just as confounded as the other and clearly, they do not know of the science behind any of this. It’s a no from them because of their myopic nescience, which means politics and their fallacious reasoning, supersede objective rationalism.

    After all, let’s not forget that it’s been illegal for so long and was no longer considered a ‘medicine’ after the initial Canadian prohibition (~ 10 years before the US, and again in ’71+), so no schools taught these bureaucratic plebs anything about Cannabis, nothing at all…

    Most of them are still against it (because they’re institutionalised thinkers) and none of them are likely consumers – but magically, some of them call themselves ‘experts’.

    The only information they still have on public record is that, it’s pre-supposedly bad. The irony is, alcohol is infinitely worse and yet, they do absolutely nothing about it, at all.

    google images search “david nutt lancet report” or check his website where its’ from and watch the video, for the true recreational, deadly drug of today – alcohol.

    — No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. Albert Einstein