Pet owners are warned of fake claims that cannabis-based treatments can cure their animals from cancer, arthritis and anxiety
- Veterinary experts warned against the lack of & # 39; robust evidence & # 39; to prove effectiveness
- The government has written manufacturers of cannabidiol (CBD) for pets
- They warned about making false medical claims about pets
Pet owners are sold cannabis-based treatments that claim to cure cancer and arthritis disorders to animals.
But veterinary experts have warned that there is insufficient & # 39; robust evidence & # 39; is to show that they are effective.
Now the government has written dozens of cannabidiol (CBD) manufacturers and retailers for pets and warned them against false medical claims.
Pet owners are sold cannabis-based treatments that claim to cure cancer and arthritis disorders to animals
An active ingredient in cannabis from the hemp plant, CBD, has become trendy in people over the past year, often sold in the form of liquid drops and claimed by fans to help with conditions such as pain and insomnia.
It is legal on the condition that it is sold as a dietary supplement, but requires permission if it is offered as a medicine.
Nevertheless, medicinal CBD products for pets that are for sale from British owners are distributed online.
One site has a range of CBD oils for animals, including cats, rabbits and hamsters, from £ 20.
It says that & # 39; like many conventional pharmaceutical drugs & # 39; CBD can be used to relieve symptoms, including & # 39; fears, allergies, inflammation, and arthritis & # 39 ;.
Another pet owner site in the UK, which offers premium oil with 5 percent strength for £ 35, says: & CBD is known to have a positive effect on conditions such as severe and chronic pain, female problems, headache, stomach problems, anxiety, sleep problems, loss of appetite, cancer, skin problems and hair problems & # 39 ;.
A website sells gluten-free CBD dog biscuits with turmeric and coconut oil for £ 39.95
The site says it does not consider its CBD oils for pets as veterinary medicines.
A third website sells gluten-free CBD dog biscuits with turmeric and coconut oil for £ 39.95.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: & # 39; There are currently no CBD-based products that have received a UK veterinary marketing authorization. & # 39;
Defra said the VMD had written 100 CBD companies to ensure that their products met the requirements. It did not mention the companies and did not say how they reacted.
Daniella Dos Santos, of the British Veterinary Association, said: Although efficacy and risk research is ongoing, there is a lack of robust evidence to support the health benefits and safety of CBD use in pets to demonstrate. & # 39;
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