UC Davis launches survey on the use of cannabis products for pets

Researcher hopes advanced study may show that cannabis could be used for managing pet pain, seizures, and anxiety

The University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has launched a survey to learn more about the use of cannabis products on pets.

“With the increasing use of medical cannabis and the start of recreational use [in California] in January, the interest in using it for pets has really grown,” said Jamie Peyton, DVM, chief of small animal integrative medicine at UC Davis and the primary researcher behind the study. “The goal of the survey is to start the conversation about the use of hemp and cannabis products for pets.”

More pet owners are asking veterinarians about cannabis use for their companion animals, but vets currently are not allowed to prescribe or recommend cannabis products for pets, Dr. Peyton said.

The anonymous online survey asks basic information about the pet and about its medical history, and includes questions about the type of marijuana products the pet owner administers, the reason for using the product, and how often it is administered. The final question asks if the respondent would involve their pet in a study of marijuana products for pets.

The goal of the survey is to inform future research.

“There’s no published, peer-reviewed study on the growth of the use of marijuana products on animals and [their] effects,” said Peyton.

Research would begin at the most basic level, such as determining appropriate dosages and possible serious adverse side effects. More advanced research may show that cannabis products for pets could be used for managing pain, seizures, and anxiety, according to Peyton.

Challenges to conducting the research include acquiring funding and a Schedule I license from the federal government. UC Davis researchers plan to submit their Schedule I license application within the next few months and hope to receive the license within a year, Peyton said.




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8 thoughts on “UC Davis launches survey on the use of cannabis products for pets

  1. 1)There are many medications available for pain, seizures and anxiety in veterinary medicine. There is no need for veterinarians to prescribe marijuana.
    2)There a great misuse of marijuana in humans causing danger to the user and the public in general. This will give them a new source. Buy for the dog and resell or use yourself.
    3)Law enforcement cannot begin to curb the misuse of marijuana in people. Given this proposed new source of marijuana,through the veterinarian,law enforcement will most certainly be overwhelmed.
    4)Dr. James Peyton should be investigated and be relieved of his position until the investigation is completed.

    I Pray U C Davis will fail in there attempt to obtain a license for the drug marijuana.

    1. It is unfortunate that many in our profession are so ignorant and uneducated. The CBD products are currently less than .3% THC. THC is toxic when consumed by dogs. As DVM’s we should be concerned about the side effects of the pain, seizure and anxiety medications that are commonly used. It would be nice to prescribe medications that do not destroy the liver and brain of our patients. Investigation into new natural products is not new in our industry. Do not confuse the stigma of Marijuana with CBD from Hemp.

    2. Nothing at all compares to THC in the limiting of soft tissue cancers.
      We prescribe controlled drugs all the time but no one assesses that Vets are a significant part of the problem.
      Preventing animals from getting all the benefits of THC won’t make it difficult (and considerably cheaper) getting cannabis from your kid’s friend at college.
      We’re tilting at entirely the wrong culprits and causes.

    3. I’m sorry I do not agree. I’ve seen many advantages to using CBD. It’s not marijuana, they do not get high, it’s the healing part of the plant. I suggest you study and research before putting your foot in your mouth. That’s what DVM’s are suppose to do.

    1. CBD (male plant oil) is legal in all but a few states. Many companies are hopping on this “cannabis fad” with CBD hoping that vets won’t look at the research on how useless CBD is in cancer, pain, and anxiety.
      However the research the federal government is doing, on THC, on animals and people is burgeoning and *extremely* encouraging.
      The anti-cancer mechanism alone is a thing of simple beauty. But most people don’t know the biochemistry of THC on normal versus cancerous cells, and how that effect is absent in CBD.
      The idea that THC is toxic to dogs has got to be based on “That’s what they say” because up until now no research supported or suggested that.
      If it’s even 10% as hepatotoxic as phenobarbital or even 10% as carcinogenic as Apoquel I’d be surprised, and we give both out like candy.
      CBD is going to be an anti-climax in pet medicine and when THC enters the landscape it will be hard to give dogs those benefits after the boy has cried Wolf.

  2. I applauded any effort to research new applications of naturally occurring subsances to protect our pets from harm, or proving that there is a bases for its use and what those should or should not be used for. Forward with SCIENCE…… and do no harm..