Elephants on CBD

Elephant handlers at a Polish zoo have found a way to help the pachyderms chill out. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Polish zoo keepers have begun testing CBD oil on the elephants to see if it will ease their anxiety after the death of their herd leader. One can only imagine how much CBD oil would be required to ease elephant anxiety. The zoo keepers are not alone in thinking that CBD might help their animals, although for most people their pets are of the furry variety.

CBD, a Cannabidoil, is derived from hemp or marijuana but does not contain THC, the ingredient that makes you high. Whether for animals or people, products intended to have a therapeutic benefit or treat, cure or prevent disease are drugs under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act which must be approved.

Even though you may have seen ads for CBD pet products, the FDA hasn’t approved CBD pet products so vets are not allowed to recommend them. There also haven’t been any major studies to prove their effectiveness, so we’ll have to see if the elephants start forgetting things or asking for doritos.

From The Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

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