fda approved cbd oil for pets

13 CBD pet product companies warned by FDA

On November 25, the FDA announced that it sent warning letters to the CBD product makers.

Thirteen companies making cannabidiol (CBD) products for pets were among the 15 warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that their sales of CBD-containing pet and human items violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). On November 25, the FDA announced that it sent warning letters to the CBD product makers.

In many of these warning letters, the FDA noted that the the presentation and marketing of these brands of CBD pet products means that the items, "are drugs under section 201(g)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 321(g)(1), because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in animals and/or intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of an animal. Further, as discussed below, these products are unapproved new animal drugs and marketing them violates the FD&C Act." FDA officials used marketing materials posted on CBD pet product companies' websites for many of these assessments.

FDA warning letters to CBD pet product companies:

    , of Norwalk, California

    • KOI Naturals CBD Spray for Pets

    , of Beverly Hills, California

    • Mr. Pink Natural CBD Oil for Pets (also referred to as Vegan Bacon Flavored Pet CBD Oil)

    , of Southlake, Texas

    • Pet CBD Oil

    , of Norman, Oklahoma

    • Native Pet CBD Oil (150 mg, 300 mg and 600 mg)

    , of Sherman Oaks, California

    • CBD-EX, CBD-MAX 1000 mg, CBD-RX, CBD Defend and CBD Enflame

    , doing business as Infinite CBD, of Lakewood, Colorado

    • Pet Droppers and Launch Pad

    , of Redmond, Oregon

    • Apex CBD Livestock Pellets, Apex Organic K9 Oil and Apex CBD Dog Treats

    , of Tampa, Florida/Your CBD Store, of Bradenton, Florida

    • SunMed Bacon Dog Treats, SunMed Pet Bark Bits Beef, SunMed Dog Lamb Bits and SunMed Pet Tincture

    , of Charlotte, North Carolina

    • Natural Flavor Pet Drops and CBD Pet Treats

    , of San Bernardino, California

    • Hemp Pet Tinctures and Hemp Pet Treats

    , of Phoenix, Arizona

    • Red Pill CBD Pet

    , of Los Angeles, California

    • Pets Tincture and Chill Chews Soft Chews for Dogs

    , doing business as Daddy Burt Hemp Co., of Lexington, Kentucky

    • CBD Oil for Pets (250 mg bacon flavor)
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CBD not Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for pet foods

FDA officials also announced that the agency would not classify CBD as generally recognized as safe (GRAS), which would have allowed the ingredient to be used in foods based on historical human and animal use. The agency stated that it lacked sufficient empirical evidence supporting the safety of CBD consumption.

Tim Wall covers the dog, cat and other pet food industries as senior reporter for WATT Global Media. His work has appeared in Live Science, Discovery News, Scientific American, Honduras Weekly, the Columbia Missourian, Global Journalist and other outlets. He holds a journalism master’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Wall served in the Peace Corps in Honduras from 2005 to 2007, where he helped the town government of Moroceli to organize a municipal trash collection system, taught environmental science, translated for medical brigades and facilitated sustainable agriculture, along with other projects.

Will the first cannabis-derived drug help dogs?

As we are digging into research about cannabis for a feature article about Cannabis and Dogs: a Primer for our fall issue, we came across an interesting news item. On June 25, the FDA, for the first time, approved a drug comprised of the active ingredient cannabidiol (CBD) found in marijuana. CBD does not, like tetrahydrocannaidiol, or THC, one of the many active compounds in cannabis, produce a high.

The new prescription drug, Epidiolex from GW Pharmaceuticals PLC, is for treating two forms of rare, severe epilepsy in humans. Interesting to us is that while this drug is labeled for use in human patients is may be used as an extra-label drug in veterinary patients. The Animal Drug Use Clarification Act, a federal law, authorizes extra-label use of human drugs in veterinary medicine. While the FDA can restrict extra-label use in animals of some drugs, it did not restrict Epidiolex, according to an article on VIN News Service .

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There is one more step that needs to be taken to clear Epidiolex for sale in this country. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) needs to review and classify it. The DEA is the agency that still considers CBD a Schedule 1 drug, so it is illegal for any use (including research) in this country. That agency has 90 days to decide what they might do, but as the VIN article noted, “Wade Sparks, a DEA spokesperson. ‘It’s approved as medicine, so it can’t be Schedule I,’ he said.”

DEA’s decision is due in late September. One of the medicinal properties of CBD is as an anti-convulsant. Veterinary researchers, notably Dr. Stephanie McGrath a neurologist from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, have already begun exploring the potential of CBD to treat dogs for epilepsy. And while Steve Schultz spokesperson for GW Pharmaceuticals PLC noted that he can’t comment on the possible application of CBD in veterinary patients since their product wasn’t studied for vet applications, it still might mark a step forward. Although it has been difficult for McGrath to get a science journal to publish her findings about CBD, epilepsy and dogs, the Canadian Veterinary Journal will be publishing it in October (not coincidentally, in October, Canada will become one of the first countries to legalize recreational cannabis use in the whole country). See this report on CBS affiliate in Denver. We’ll be following this developing story.