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AUG 2018

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Business CANNABIS Are You In or Out? Clients are going to provide canna- bis to their pets whether veterinari- ans like it or not, Cital said. "We have to do what keeps the clients happy, and clients are interested in this product," he said. Even though clients might be interested in cannabis, the veteri- nary profession walks a fine legal line. Dr. Andre does not recom- mend that any veterinarian or vet- erinary clinic be the direct source of a cannabis product, regardless of its status as hemp or marijuana. Marijuana products (great- er than 0.3 percent THC) can be purchased through a dispensary in states that legalized recreational marijuana. Hemp products (less than 0.3 percent THC) might be available from online and brick- and-mortar retailers, depending on local laws. "Many of the companies that understand the legal risk faced by veterinarians offer affiliate programs where the clinic can get a financial [inducement] when their clients purchase products," Dr. Andre said. "This is a much safer way to handle the merging of cannabis and the veterinary industry right now. The DEA licenses of veterinarians should not be jeopardized just to add an- other product to the shelf." But, when handled properly, veterinary cannabis can add to a veterinary practice's bottom line. "This can create a really nice revenue stream for veterinary prac- tices," Cital said. "There's no reason that we can't be part of this suc- cessful, multibillion-dollar industry." Cannabis has the potential to increase revenue and improve patient care, Dr. Andre added. "People want that guidance, and they are willing to pay for it." I paid for veterinary cannabis, and after nearly six months of daily doses, Jack's arthritis pain has diminished noticeably. Now when I make popcorn, he runs to me like a puppy, ready to jump for every piece I toss his way. Sarah Rumple is an award-winning veterinary writer and editor living in Denver. Should cannabis be prescribed for the control of pain or seizures in animal patients? What about for the treatment of inflammation or anxiety? "There is evidence that strongly suggests that animals may experience the same benefits that humans experience from the use of medical cannabis," the Denver consultancy Veterinary Cannabis states on its website. The Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is conducting two studies of cannabis use in companion animals. The pharmacokinetic studies of a hemp product (cannabidiol, or CBD), have concluded, and Stephen Cital, RVT, RLAT, SRA, VTS-LAM, said they "suggest a wide safety margin in dosing and minimal side effects for one product from one manufacturer." The next phase of the studies involves testing the efficacy of the same CBD product on client-owned dogs suffering from epilepsy or osteoarthritis. Results of the double-blind studies are expected later this year. Cital is a consultant with ElleVet Sciences, a veterinary cannabis manufacturer that has reported favorable safety and efficacy results in studies conducted through the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Three studies involving cats and other species for different clinical uses are ongoing. "CannPal Animal Therapeutics has also announced a successful pharmacokinetic and safety study for a product containing CBD and THC," Cital said. "We have studies in 17 different species of animals so far, with all showing receptor use of cannabinoids." DOES CANNABIS WORK? At VetFolio, we're more than just continuing education. We are an encyclopedia of veterinary medicine. We are a portal of surgery resources. We are a one-stop shop for education and information that can move your career forward. VetFolio.com The VetFolio Experience

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