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AUG 2018

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28 Today's Veterinary Business Business Business CANNABIS Jack, it turned out, has arthri- tis. He's been on joint supplements for several years, but the disease has taken its toll. Hoping to help relieve his pain, I reached out to Casara Andre, DVM, cVMA, the owner of Veterinary Cannabis, an education and consulting compa- ny near Denver. "Every person I consult on cannabis just wants guidance," said Dr. Andre, who will host the second annual Cannabis in Veterinary Med- icine Symposium in October. "The pet owners who contact me just want to help their pet, and their vet isn't able to talk to them about it." Stephen Cital, RVT, RLAT, SRA, VTS-LAM, who speaks nationally about cannabis, said veterinarians have an ethical and moral obligation to learn about cannabis even if they don't agree with its use in animals. "Clients are going to ask about it," Cital said. "When a vet- erinarian shuts down the conver- sation because he or she doesn't really know about it, that opens the pet up to being harmed inadvertently by the owner, who might give a product on their own that's not well researched or has other ingredients that might be dangerous." My dog loves popcorn, but not just any popcorn. He loves the simple, homemade stuff — just oil, corn and salt — that I make in my grandfather's old popcorn pot. Since Jack, my 12-year-old miniature schnauzer, was a puppy, he'd come running as soon as he heard the kernels begin to pop, jumping up on his hind legs to catch the pieces I'd toss his way. Over the past couple of years, though, Jack has responded more slowly to the popping kernels. I sometimes noticed a slight limp as he hurried to the kitchen. He stopped jumping for pieces, opting to wait for them to hit the floor. By Sarah Rumple Marijuana vs. Cannabis Marijuana is classified as a Sched- ule 1 substance under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. But is marijuana the same as cannabis? What about hemp? The terms are often misunderstood. "Under the Controlled Sub- stances Act, marijuana refers to certain portions of the Cannabis sa- tiva L. plant, including the flowers, the leaves and the viable seeds," said Garrett Graff, an attorney with Hoban Law Group in Denver. Other parts of the cannabis plant, like the stalks, stems, nonvi- able seeds and fibers, are exempt from the legal definition of marijua- na. Pursuant to the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, Congress defined hemp as all parts of the Cannabis sativa L. plant below 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydro- cannabinol) by dry weight. Jack, the author's 12-year-old miniature schnauzer, experienced less pain after he was put on 0.4 ml/day of a 4:1 CBD-to- THC cannabis oil tincture. Plant a seed Recommending cannabis for a pet, and even talking about it with clients, is tricky. When the subject is handled properly, veterinary cannabis can add to a practice's bottom line.

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