The Grey Wolf/VHS team had a great weekend at OAVT 2019. We enjoyed sharing our cannabis knowledge with RVTs and chatting at our booths. In case you missed it…
Our Founder and CEO, Dr. Ian Sandler, along with Dr. Sarah Silcox, Founder and President of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine (CAVCM), gave back to back lectures on Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine: What RVTs need to know. The lectures were attended by 275 enthusiastic RVTs, who were eager to learn and brought with them some great questions and insights. Dr. Sandler and Dr. Silcox set out to clear up some of the myths out there regarding cannabis, so in case you missed it, here are some common cannabis questions and answers:
Q: Is CBD the only component of the cannabis plant that has therapeutic potential in animals?
A: There are many components of the cannabis plant that can have therapeutic potential in animals, including CBD, THC, other minor cannabinoids, and terpenes.
Q: Can veterinarians now legally prescribe, dispense, or administer cannabis products to their patients?
A: Veterinarians want to be able to authorize medical cannabis as a therapeutic option for their patients, but currently lack a legal pathway enabling them to do so. Veterinarians can only prescribe “Drugs Containing Cannabis” that are approved by Health Canada. Like veterinary prescription drugs, these products would require a DIN (Drug Identification Number). Currently, there are no products available in Canada licensed for animals. Grey Wolf, CAVCM & CVMA have been actively engaged with Health Canada to encourage these needed changes.
Q: My clients are initiating treatment with products they are finding in pet stores or online. Are these products legal? Are they safe?
A: With the Cannabis Act effective on October 17, 2018, any products containing cannabis-derived phytocannabinoids, including CBD, and/or THC (regardless of the source) have been moved from the Controlled Drug list to the Prescription Drug List. Cannabis products for pets currently being sold online and in pet stores are illegal.Similar to products manufactured for the human medical or recreational markets and available through legal channels, pet products should be pharmaceutical grade and a certificate of analysis should be available. This ensures that the product has been tested for pesticides, heavy metals, and microcontaminants. As we mentioned, currently, there are no products in Canada licensed for animals.
Q: As a DVM or RVT, is there anything I can do until the laws change permitting DVMs to authorize cannabis?
A: Yes! You can become educated and get involved with organizations such as the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine.
In case you missed our cannabis lecture at the OAVT, we have an exciting Spring event coming up. Join Dr. Ian Sandler, Dr. Sarah Silcox, Dr. Karol Mathews, Dr. Marni Brooks and the Grey Wolf team at Dave & Busters in Vaughan, Ontario on April 3rd for an exciting afternoon of cannabis content. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Next up: We’re on the road next month! We look forward to seeing everyone at the AMVQ in Montreal from April 5 – April 7, 2019. Later in the month, we’re hitting BCVTA Spring in Kamloops, BC and APVC in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Can’t wait to see you there!