Hemp oil: Debate over whether the oil is legal to purchase for pets in Ohio

I don’t normally do medical articles on pets because I’d hate to give someone bad advice. The topic of using hemp oil on pets is something I’m very interested in these days because it’s the last resort for one of our cats. When traditional veterinary medicine fails, a natural product may be just what you need to comfort or cure a beloved pet.

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This story takes place in Westerville, Ohio where the medical marijuana program is still weeks away. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy recently decided that all marijuana products, including hemp oil, must be sold from a licensed Medical Marijuana Control Dispensary. There’s a big debate going on over whether the oil is legal.

Despite stores who have offered hemp oil for years, Ohio doesn’t have much of a clue as to what hemp oil actually is.

In an interview with Ron Keller of Captivating Canines in Westville for WLWT5 News, Keller stated

“That is for the marijuana product. This is a hemp product. This has no THC. You won’t get high. It is certified organic. It is USDA approved. It is a good product.”

Keller’s business sells hemp-derived cannabidiol infused products where owners buy the oil to treat everything from arthritis to anxiety.

According to federal law, hemp oil is legal in Ohio (I’ve read it’s legal in all 50 states) Area vets have argued its still not sanctioned to use on pets.

Dr. Brian Taylor of Health Pets of Hilliard Rome is opposed to hemp oil use in pets and says his clinic staff are not legally allowed to discuss this or recommend this kind of product stating better treatments as the reason.

Keller admits he’s a leading supplier and advocate of hemp oil and his dog is a user.

It’s not clear when the state will approve dispensaries to sell the oil.

Have any of the readers here used the oil? Please leave any suggestions (including favorite brand) and what you treat your pet for with the oil.

Note: Hemp oil is normally pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant, which means it does not contain the same amount of cannabinoids found in medicinal cannabis oils which are extracted from the whole plant. … Cannabis with low levels of THC under 0.3% and high levels of C B D is commonly called Hemp or Industrial hemp.

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2 thoughts on “Hemp oil: Debate over whether the oil is legal to purchase for pets in Ohio”

  1. This statement is beyond belief – “Dr. Brian Taylor of Health Pets of Hilliard Rome is opposed to hemp oil use in pets and says his clinic staff are NOT LEGALLY ALLOWED to DISCUSS this.”

    REALLY? I wonder what will happen if he or his staff DISCUSS this. I thought we have freedom of speech in this country, and that includes Ohio.

    Why can’t he just be honest, and say he doesn’t want to discuss it, and has forbidden his staff to?

    This is pure paranoia! Another possibility is that CBD isn’t as expensive as the drugs he’s more than willing to prescribe.

  2. As most of us know, CBD products (for animals and humans) can be purchased online. You don’t need to get them from a vet. I don’t think that most vets would recommend it, because they don’t understand it. There’s a lot of helpful natural products not recommended by vets. D-Mannose is one that can help prevent UTI in cats. This can be critical for males, since they can get deadly UTI before the symptoms are seen. I highly recommend giving this in every meal. It’s tasteless to cats because it’s sweet.

    There’s plenty of information online, but we have to be willing to do the research. Most people don’t have the time or inclination; they just want someone else (an authority figure, like a vet or MD) to make the decision for them. So, that means taking someone else’s uneducated “opinion” on something that could be very helpful for your pet.

    I’m in California, so it’s easy to get at most pet stores. The last CBD product I bought was a brand called “Treatibles”. It was a tincture, used with a dropper. I’ve also used a small amount of Cannabutter, and THC tincture for my cat. They all seemed to help a little, but I didn’t realize that she was hyper-thyroid, and needed Methimazole.

    CBD will not harm your animal. Even THC will not harm them, but if they ingest too much, they’ll probably just go to sleep. Most of us know that chocolate is toxic for pets. So, it’s the chocolate that makes pets sick, not the Cannabutter that they’re made with. Some people are very lax about leaving their chocolate (canna) treats around, and pets get a hold of them.

    Anyone who ingests too large amount of “edibles” can get very sick. I’ve done it, even though I know better. The big problem with edibles for humans is that they’re usually candy or cookies. We’re not used to eating only a bit of a cookie or candy, so we eat the whole thing…and get sick.

    That’s why I prefer “micro-dosing”, which means eating an edible that may only be the size of an M&M (5-10grams).

    For anyone wanting to try CBD for their cat or dog, I’d recommend an online search for CBD products for pets. I can’t recommend any websites on POC.


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