The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently released a position statement on using hemp-derived CBD products to treat animals, which has created some confusion and concern among pet owners. Should this important decision be left up to veterinarians, or should the federal government regulate these products? This blog post will explore both sides of this argument.
It is important to note that the FDA does not regulate CBD products for pets. This means that there are no clinical trials or safety data available for animal use. Proponents (such as the AVMA) of the regulation of CBDs for animal use argue that this move will bring a raft of benefits.
They suggest that hemp-derived CBD products could be manufactured more effectively and safely for animal use with increased oversight. This would allow vets to prescribe safe and effective treatments, which will help ensure a better quality of life for animals across America. At present, there is no regulatory agency overseeing the production or distribution process for these products – they can’t guarantee their safety or efficacy because manufacturers aren’t accountable to any governing body. With regulations in place, however, businesses that choose not to comply may face legal consequences such as fines or suspension from practice.
While there are apparent benefits of CBDs, it is still unclear whether these benefits outweigh the risks for pets. There have been reports of pet illnesses and death due to improper use of these products. Regulation would ensure that pet parents are aware of the risks and side effects. Again, it would see to it that manufacturers are accountable for the products they produce.
Proponents also argue that regulation would pave the way for research on CBDs by ensuring that companies produce quality, consistent products. Not only would regulation assure safety and efficacy, but it would also ensure compliance with labeling regulations which dictate what can be included in these product formulas and how they’re marketed to consumers. This means you know exactly what you’re getting when buying a pet CBD formula, something that is not guaranteed without regulatory oversight from the start of production through packaging.
Opponents argue that the regulation of CBDs for animal use would be a violation of the right to choose what is best for your pet. They say that if people want their pets to take CBD, they should buy it without government interference or over-regulation, even though there are few regulations on human products in this area. There have also been suggestions that regulation would make it more difficult for people to access CBD, as some companies might not sell products in states or countries with strict regulations.
In our opinion, the regulation would be a good thing. Because of the lack of regulatory oversight on CBDs at this stage, we don’t know if these products are safe and effective for animals, so these products must be regulated. Unlike typical dog products used for training or similar purposes, CBD is ingested by the animal and could potentially alter their mental state if made improperly. The Federal Government should regulate CBD for pet use because the government is responsible for protecting public health and safety, so regulation would keep both people and animals safe from harm.
As a college professor, Wes has organized forums and debates for students on political concerns with the reason to learn. He also runs blogs and online forums with the help of his friend Roy.