LIFE

Bayview Post - - Life - Lju­bica Kos­tovic is a cannabis en­thu­si­ast and the di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and re­search at a med­i­cal cannabis ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice.

Al­though Dr. Nancy is not cur­rently pre­scrib­ing cannabis­derived CBD oil for her pa­tients, she does re­port that those who pro­cure the medicine them­selves see much bet­ter re­sults when it comes to pain man­age­ment, epilepsy and var­i­ous forms of anxiety.

“The use of med­i­cal mar­i­juana isn’t go­ing to go away. I want to help my pa­tients in a safe and ef­fec­tive way, with min­i­mal risk,” says Dr. Nancy. She cur­rently di­rects her pa­tients to­ward hemp-de­rived CBD oil ob­tained through Hemp & Bone, a Van­cou­ver com­pany spe­cial­iz­ing in these prod­ucts, but states that she would pre­fer to ad­min­is­ter cannabis-de­rived CBD oil in­stead.

Al­though the CVO ex­plic­itly pro­hibits vet­eri­nar­i­ans from pre­scrib­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana for their pa­tients, their web­site also states that vet­eri­nar­i­ans are “not pro­hib­ited from pre­scrib­ing cannabid­iol (CBD) oil or cap­sules, and hemp (e.g., hemp oil, hemp seed oil).”

Based on the lan­guage on the col­lege’s site, mak­ing a dis­tinc­tion be­tween the two types of oil suggests that vet­eri­nar­i­ans may in fact be li­censed to pre­scribe both cannabis-de­rived CBD oil and hemp-de­rived product.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Nancy, the col­lege has not is­sued any more for­mal state­ments al­low­ing vet­eri­nar­i­ans to pre­scribe cannabis. Still, she is hope­ful that this will soon change. How­ever, the is­sue of sup­ply would re­main. To date, there is no record of any of the Health Canada li­censed pro­duc­ers of med­i­cal cannabis sup­ply­ing CBD oil for the pur­poses of treat­ing an­i­mals. It is not clear whether the Ac­cess to Cannabis for Med­i­cal Pur­poses Reg­u­la­tions (ACMPR) would be able to in­clude a pro­vi­sion spe­cific to vet­eri­nar­i­ans.

It is pos­si­ble that up­com­ing le­gal­iza­tion of re­cre­ational pot will help clear the air for the CVO and help in­crease ac­cess to cannabis-de­rived CBD oil for pets, as well as im­prove vet­eri­nar­i­ans’ knowl­edge of safe and ef­fec­tive dos­ing guide­lines.

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