U.S. researchers have revealed some interesting results in analysis of companion animal hemp products that pet owners really need to know about.
The researchers, from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, ElleVet Sciences and ProVerde Laboratories, analyzed 29 products using low-THC Cannabis sativa extracts.
The good news is all products were below the federal limit of 0.3% THC. Dogs in particular are sensitive to THC and too much can have very nasty results.
However, when it came to cannabidiol (CBD), which is of particular interest in pet applications, mileage varied greatly. The study report noted variable amounts of CBD (0– 88 mg/mL or g). Minor cannabinoids were also tested for; among them cannabigerol (CBG).
Just 10 of the 27 products analysed were within 10% of the total cannabinoid concentrations of their label claim and there was a median concentration of 93% of claims (0– 154%). A result that was particularly disturbing was heavy metal contamination was found in 4 out of 29 products, with lead being the most prevalent contaminant (3/29).
Only 18 of the 29 products were found to be appropriately labeled according to current FDA non-medication, non-dietary supplement or non-food guidelines.
The researchers offered this wise advice:
“Owners and veterinarians wanting to utilize CBD-rich Cannabis sativa products should be aware of low-concentration products and should obtain a COA* enabling them to fully discuss the implications of use and calculated dosing before administering to pets.”
Study lead Joseph Wakshlag has previously warned about shonky CBD products for pets:
“There are plenty of folks looking to make a dollar rather than produce anything that’s really beneficial,” he said in January.
The study report was published in the journal Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports and can be found here.
The safety of hemp products for animals was thrust into the spotlight recently when claims were made a cannabidiol based product for pets sickened one dog and resulted in the death of another. However, an autopsy wasn’t conducted and CBD being entirely or even partly to blame is questionable. Regardless, before giving a pet a hemp-based supplement or treatment, owners should consult a vet
Learn more about cannabidiol and pets.
*COA – Certificate Of Analysis