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    Is marijuana good for animal health?

    Is marijuana good for animal health?

    US scientists are asking the federal government to relax some of the rules to allow for studies on the use of marijuana in animal health. 


    Homeowners who want to relieve the pain or anxiety of their companions are turning more and more to oils or powders that contain cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But we do not really know if these products are effective, or if they can cause unwanted side effects.

    Veterinarians and researchers accuse Washington of obstructing studies that could help to learn a little more.

    The powerful Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the United States has thrown a cold shower on the middle last year when it warned that marijuana-derived products that contain CBD and little or no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the active substance of marijuana - are an illegal drug of the same category as heroin and LSD.

    The University of Pennsylvania immediately interrupted his clinical studies, but Colorado State University decided to go ahead with his own.

    Another powerful US federal agency, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has warned companies selling marijuana-containing products online, in shops or in veterinary clinics that they are breaking the law by offering new unauthorized animal medicines ". The FDA threatened them with legal action.

    Intrigued by the potential benefits of the CBD, the US Veterinary Medical Association last summer asked the DEA to change the marijuana classification "to facilitate research for veterinary and human medical purposes." She also asked the board of the national veterinary organization to intervene.

    "Our members are worried about the public extrapolating their own doses, to give their animals doses without the supervision of a health professional," said board member Michael Whitehair. This is an important reason why further research is needed. "

    At Auburn University's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dawn Boothe is just waiting for Washington's green light to study the effect of marijuana in dogs with epilepsy. But finding marijuana in the same category as heroin and LSD is a "huge, huge, huge barrier" for researchers, she said in a phone interview.

    At the University of Pennsylvania, the use of marijuana for dogs with osteoarthritis and itching was investigated until the DEA issued its warning.

    "The ambiguity of the process has paralyzed everything," says head of clinical studies Michael DiGregorio. This research is necessary because several products containing CBD are available on the market. "

    When researchers ask permission from the federal government to study the products in the CBD, says DiGregorio, they are asked to provide data that usually are only available after the end of the study.

    "Without this data, we can not have permission to do the work," he says.

    The Colorado State University study aims to generate some of this data. The twenty or so dogs enrolled in the Arthritis and Thirties study who participate in epilepsy receive either a CBD oil or a placebo. For the arthritis study, motion detectors attached to the collar make it possible to know if the animal is active when it receives CBD.

    Researcher Stephanie McGrath hopes this will serve as a springboard for longer, more diverse studies that could make a useful contribution to human medicine.

    "All the medications we take are first given to a dog," says DiGregorio.

    For her part, Ms. Boothe says she is ready to launch her study in January, but is still waiting for the green light from the federal government.

    "I do not understand why it's so long," she says.

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