Joan Merriam: CBD for your dog — help or hype?

Whether or not they consult their veterinary providers, dog owners are increasingly turning to CBD to help manage conditions like arthritis, anxiety, seizures, and other health problems in their pets.

Long before California legalized recreational marijuana, a lot of information was floating around the universe about a substance related to marijuana but not marijuana, that had supposedly curative properties for everything from pain, anxiety, and nausea to seizures and other neurological disorders. The substance was CBD, a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in hemp which does not produce the euphoria associated with marijuana.

In June of last year, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) took a huge step forward in the effort to legalize the use of medications containing CBD, approving the anti-seizure drug Epidiolex. This approval forced the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to reclassify the medication from a Schedule I drug—drugs with the greatest potential for abuse and addiction — to Schedule V, those drugs with the lowest possibility for abuse.

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