Considering how much trends in human food and medicine influence pet food and medicine, it’s not difficult to see a link between the increasing number of US states legalizing marijuana use in humans – whether for medicinal or recreational purposes – and the growing popularity of CBD pet products. Yet just as marijuana is still illegal at a federal level, and even its strongest proponents agree much more research on its effects needs to be conducted, CBD for pets falls into very murky scientific and regulatory areas.
The American Veterinary Medical Association does not have an official stance on medical marijuana, but cannabis is not FDA-approved for pets. Furthermore, in any given state (even legal states with booming cannabis markets like Colorado), veterinarians are banned from writing prescriptions for cannabis products. In 2015, a bill introduced in the Nevada state legislature that would have allowed pet owners to feed medical marijuana to sick pets was shot down.