If you have heard about CBD and Hemp Oil recently, you are not alone. This amazing plant called cannabis has the power not only to heal and medicate both humans and animals, but bring happiness and love to so many in need. Pets (especially dogs) can also be treated with cannabis to improve their health and address many new and ongoing health issues, and in the right dose cannabis can work correctly for any animal you care for.
What Are CBD and Hemp?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over a hundred compounds found inside the Cannabis Sativa plant, and this compound is typically extracted from the Hemp plant. This is crucial, as it's genetically bred to ensure very low THC content. By having low THC content inside the hemp plant, this means you can receive a product with no psychoactive effects (the psychoactive effects are what make people feel “high”). CBD is proven to treat many indications in all mammals and works on a system inside our bodies called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), something we are all born with and which was only recently discovered, in the mid ‘90s. Consuming hemp and CBD will ensure the cannabinoids interact with your ECS and give you a general feeling of wellness, bringing balance to your body and helping treat and fight a number of diseases. It does the same for animals.
CBD law in Australia and NZ
We all know that Australian law is very slow to change in relation to any cultural shift in society; however, the government in Australia legalised access to medical cannabis back in 2016. This is excellent news, but you will need to hold a valid script approved by either an authorised prescriber or your local GP. Products can be accessed via a government access pathway called the Special Access Scheme.
Recently the land of the long white cloud has announced that it will legalise CBD and remove it from the Misuse Of Drugs acts register. The move is welcomed for people and pets suffering from conditions that can be treated with cannabis and will come into effect sometime in 2020. CBD is still accessible via a compassionate use system that is similar to Australia's and on prescription only.
To clarify, the laws and restrictions in Australian and NZ apply to both humans and animals.
How does this compare with other countries?
In most western countries access to CBD has been legalised in some form, and patients can gain access to a full spectrum treatment very quickly. On October 17th 2018 Canada went all the way and legalised medical cannabis for recreational use following many years of allowing access to medical cannabis with no problems. America is in the grip of a nationwide legalisation wave with over 30 states allowing cannabis in some form, with nine states having legalised recreational cannabis use for adults. Many European countries like Switzerland, Germany and Austria now allow the sale of cannabis products, and more hardline nations such Thailand have recently opened the door for access to cannabis (but only for research purposes).
How to access CBD for pets in Australia and NZ?
The safest and most effective way to access CBD in Australia and NZ is via a hemp product. These come in many forms and include oils, tinctures, edibles, topicals and capsules.
Always choose an organic and full spectrum oil made in Australia. Selecting a full spectrum oil ensures you gain access to all the natural terpenes and flavonoids inside the product and always choose from a reputable brand with trusted reviews. Products can be purchased online or in your local store and remember, always start slow and follow the dosing directions.