Vets Can Now Prescribe CBD to Pets in Nevada

This story originally appeared on Benzinga

In the coming weeks, licensed Nevada veterinarians will be able to treat animals with certain CBD products.

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Under the new law, which comes into effect October 1, veterinarians are allowed to recommend and administer hemp and cannabidiol products with less than 0.3% THC, reports Hanf Industry Daily.

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Establish national precedent

Nevada was the first state to legalize the use of cannabinoids as veterinary treatment when Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 101, introduced by Steve Yeager, the Democratic member of the Nevada Assembly. The bill was passed without dissenting votes from the state parliament and the senate.

“I definitely hope that other states will follow Nevada’s lead and assure licensed veterinarians that they can administer CBD or talk to patients about it without fear of disciplinary action,” Yeager said.

If it’s good enough for humans …

While CBD is already sold through veterinary channels in the US, veterinarians are not allowed to administer it because these products have not yet received approval for use in animals by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The ban is a bit controversial as CBD is already approved to treat epilepsy in humans, so why not in dogs?