FDA and CBD

CBD and the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration Answers CBD Questions

Cannibidiol (CBD) holds a great deal of promise as an important key to health and wellness for both humans and animals. CBD’s ability to ease suffering from seizures, inflammation, osteoarthritis, anxiety, and more has been well documented anecdotally for many years, and clinical trials are beginning to support that anecdotal evidence. Recently, as more and more people turn toward organic, plant-based therapies, interest in the hemp-based oil has exploded. Bloomberg Businessweek recently noted the exponential growth:

Demand for CBD, a nonintoxicating compound found in hemp and marijuana, has exploded in the U.S. since December, when Congress passed a new farm bill that decriminalized industrial hemp. The CBD market could be worth almost $24 billion in the U.S. alone by 2023, with about 7% of sales coming from the pet market, according to Brightfield Group, an industry researcher.

Gretler , Corinne, and Craig Giammona. “The CBD Industry Is Betting That Pets Need to Chill, Too.” Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg, 17 July 2019, www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-17/the-cbd-industry-is-betting-that-pets-need-to-chill-too.
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Dr. Stephanie McGrath with Atticus, a 3-year-old Saint Bernard enrolled in a clinical trial of cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy, and Breonna Thomas, clinical trials coordinator at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Photo by John Eisele/Colorado State University Photography)

Growing CBD Market Lacks Regulation

With this type of rapid growth, companies are rushing to enter the market, and CBD retailers are popping up on every corner. Whether it’s online, at the pharmacy, at specialty stores, or even at that gas station, it seems that CBD products are all around us. But with little regulation, consumers are often left wondering who to trust. ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ has been proven safe and effective in multiple clinical trials, but most products do not have that level of safety testing. Indeed, ABSC is the only veterinary company to put their CBD oil through a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Trial.

The FDA Struggles to Keep up With Cannabis-Derived Products

If you’re interested in trying CBD oil for your pet, you may be understandably overwhelmed and hesitant. Navigating the choices can feel like a bit like you’ve entered the Wild Wild West. Whose claims can you trust? How do you know if a product is labeled accurately? How do you know if a product is safe? Here at ABSC Organics, we recommend a little bit of homework. Peruse our research library and check out our clinical trials. You’ll find that we’re committed to safety, research, and continual learning. You’ll learn that our Safety and Toxicity Trial proved that our CBD oil is pure and well-tolerated in dogs. And you’ll see that our epilepsy trial has delivered positive preliminary results, with 89% of dogs showing a reduction in seizure frequency.

Mislabeled products, misleading claims, and questions about legality and proper usage have the FDA struggling to keep up with the CBD market, but they are working to develop a regulatory framework and meet consumer needs. They send out warning letters to suppliers with mislabeled products, they schedule public hearings, and they attempt to educate consumers. To that end, they recently published an FAQ about FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products. This document is a great resource for those seeking more information about the FDA’s role in Cannabis regulation. Relevant questions addressed by the FDA include:

  • What are cannabis and marijuana?
  • Why hasn’t FDA approved more products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds for medical uses?
  • Does the FDA object to the clinical investigation of cannabis for medical use?
  • What is FDA’s role when it comes to the investigation of cannabis and cannabis-derived products for medical use?
  • Can hemp be added to animal food?
  • Can approved human drugs containing CBD or synthetic THC be used extralabel in animals?

In total, the 26 questions addressed by the FDA serve to educate consumers about just what the FDA is (and isn’t) doing with respect to the CBD market.

Choose the CBD Product with Rigorous Institutional Trials

We’ve invested heavily in testing and trials to make sure our product is the best veterinary CBD oil on the market. When you buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ you can buy with confidence and peace of mind. We care about pets–that’s why we’re here.

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FDA Warns Manufacturers of Mislabeled CBD

Always Choose a Reputable Source for CBD

With the explosion of CBD manufacturers and retailers that has occurred since the federal government legalized industrial hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill, medical professionals, consumers, and regulators have struggled to keep up with the growth in the market. The FDA has not currently explicitly approved any over-the-counter CBD products for human or veterinary medical use. They do, however, take action against manufacturers who mislabel their CBD products.

The FDA is concerned with the prevalence of mislabeled CBD in the market. When, after testing, it becomes clear that the product in question contains ingredients that do not match the labeling, the FDA issues a warning letter to the manufacturer. A complete list of warnings issued since 2015 can be found on the FDA website.

ABSC Organics is Tested in Clinical Trials

Each and every batch of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is tested for purity and CBD concentration. And as part of our extensive clinical trial initiative with Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, our CBD Oil undergoes even more rigorous tested and trials. We’re the only veterinary CBD manufacturer who has completed a Phase One Safety and Toxicity Study, which proved that our CBD is safe and well-tolerated in dogs. Researchers at CSU are also using our product in canine epilepsy and osteoarthritis studies.

ABSC Organics applauds the FDA’s attempts to keep inaccurately labeled CBD oil out of the market. When you buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™, you can buy with confidence, knowing you’re buying the same CBD used in industry-leading clinical trials.

Decorated Canine Military Hero

In Honor of Furry Heroes

Happy Memorial Day from ABSC Organics

This Memorial Day weekend, we’ll be remembering and honoring all the heroes who have given their lives in defense of the United States. While many Americans will be spending time at the beach and at patriotic backyard barbecues, others will take the opportunity to visit the many war memorials in Washington, D.C. or the National D-Day  Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Perhaps some of the dog lovers out there will visit the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Dedicated to the idea that not all heroes are human, this monument honors the canine soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

Here at ABSC Organics, these canine heroes are especially near and dear to our hearts. We spend our days working to ease suffering in dogs and other companion animals, and we know first hand the grit, courage, and tenacity that these animals can show. So this Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to share a few stories of canine war heroes, and offer a flash sale in their honor. Read on for some inspiring tales of wartime valor!

Short But Spectacular: Sergeant Stubby — World War I

Sergeant Stubby was a mixed breed bull terrier smuggled over to Europe by Private J. Robert Conroy.  He became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th “Yankee” Division, but he soon proved he was more than a mascot. He alerted sleeping troops to an incoming gas attack and helped to capture a German spy. When his involvement in the spy capture earned him his Sergeant rank, he became the first dog to receive a rank in the U.S. military.

Sergeant Stubby was a beloved soldier in World War One.

Decorated Hero: Chips — World War II

Chips was a family pet—a Shepherd-Collie-Husky mix from New York who was owned by Edward Wren. Wren loaned Chips to the military during the war, where he served in Africa and Italy. During the invasion of Sicily, Chips attacked a nest of Italian machine gunners, who quickly surrendered. Chips was wounded during that attack, but he went on to help capture an Italian patrol group later that night. Chips was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, and a Purple Heart, and quickly became a beloved hero back in the states. Although the military eventually decided that only humans could earn those medals, Chips’ story lives on as one of true heroism under fire. 

Elite Canine Warier: Cairo — War on Terror

Cairo is a Belgian-Malinois who went through a 200-step elite training regimen before joining the U.S. Navy Seals. In May of 2011, he accompanied Seal Team Six when they raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Cairo’s role on the team was to guard the perimeter and detect explosives. After the successful raid, Cairo met President Obama at the White House and eventually retired to live with his handler, where he snuggles with a security blanket and helps with the groceries. Cairo was named Time’s Animal of the Year in 2011. 

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The Belgian Malinois breed is often used for elite military operations.

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil for Pets can help your hero

If your own furry hero is suffering, ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil may offer relief. Whether it’s pain, seizures, inflammation, or anxiety, many of our customers have seen great benefits by treating their pets with our premium CBD oil. It’s the only veterinary CBD oil that has been through three clinical trials, with more studies forthcoming, because ABSC cares enough to invest in the research.

Happy Memorial Day from ABSC Organics! 

If you, your family, or your dog have served to protect our nation, we say “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!”

Dr. Stephanie McGrath

Dr. Stephanie McGrath Addresses CSU Pueblo

Assessment of Safety, Toxicity, and Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Healthy Dogs

Have you ever wanted to know more about ABSC and how we came to be involved with clinical trials at CSU? We’re pulling a video out of the archives today to share with you! This short video of Veterinary Neurologist Dr. Stephanie McGrath speaking at a conference at CSU Pueblo in 2017 highlights her work on safety, toxicity, and pharmacokinetics of CBD. During her talk, Dr. McGrath talks about her interest in testing CBD for dogs and her concerns with unregulated and untested CBD products. She needed a safe and pure product to run trials with, and ABSC wanted to support advanced research in the field. It was a match made in heaven, and the rest is history!

McGrath Presentation (short) from Jadan Morrow on Vimeo.

Webinar update on CBD oil for pets

AKCCHF Update on the Science Behind CBD For Pets

Learn from Stephanie McGrath, DVM, in the latest installment of  the VetVine – AKC Canine Health Foundation Canine Health Bytes education series

Our favorite veterinarian and Board Certified specialist in Neurology went live on VetVine last week! Dr. Stephanie McGrath is one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of veterinary CBD clinical research, and she has conducted several clinical trials with our Pure Organic CBD oil. In partnership with the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation and VetVine, she presented a timely update on the science behind veterinary CBD use.

Dr. McGrath’s webinar is packed with valuable information for veterinarians and pet owners. If you missed it, don’t despair – you can still register with VetVine at no cost and view the webinar on demand!

In this one hour presentation, Dr. McGrath covers many important topics related to veterinary CBD use:

  • Legal hurdles facing veterinarians and researchers – did you know that your vet can’t discuss CBD options unless you bring it up first?
  • Clinical trials that have already been completed at Colorado State University and Cornell – epilepsy and osteoarthritis studies have shown promising results.
  • Ongoing and prospective clinical trials – it’s not too late to sign up!
  • AKC-sponsored trials at CSU use ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™
  • Best delivery methods – oil beats capsules and topical creams
  • Clinical and anecdotal evidence for efficacy and safety
  • Concerns about lack of industry regulation – are you buying what you think you’re buying?
  • Questions about dosing and contraindications

ABSC is proud to supply and fund Dr. McGrath’s research

Applied Basic Science is proud to partner with Dr. McGrath to supply the funding and the CBD oil for her clinical trials at CSU. Together with Dr. McGrath and her colleagues, we believe that knowledge is power. The more we learn about CBD’s benefits, the more we want to know. To that end, we continue to work with Dr. McGrath and researchers around the world to more fully understand CBD’s beneficial effects.

Applied Basic Science–it’s our name for a reason!

Dr. McGrath’s scientific protocols inform ABSC’s science-based approach to veterinary CBD use every day. Each batch is tested by a third-party laboratory, and every bottle that leaves our facility has passed a rigorous screening process. So when you buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™, you can count on a consistent CBD profile, guaranteed low THC levels (always less than 0.3%), and zero contaminants.

We’re grateful to Dr. McGrath, the Canine Health Foundation, and VetVine for providing this terrific educational resource. Want more? Peruse our News and Research Archive, or visit our YouTube Channel for more educational video content. Together, we’re learning more about CBD’s amazing benefits every day. Stay tuned!

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The Endocannabinoid System Explained

Introducing our CBD Literacy video education series

Ever wondered about the science behind CBD and its effects on your dog’s body? We know that many of our furry companions who use C.H.O.™ CBD Oil get relief from pain, anxiety, seizures and more. But you may have wondered, “how and why does CBD work?”

Our friend and colleague Sam Stewart, DVM, from Ethos Veterinary Health, has prepared this excellent video to explain the endocannibinoid system. This video is the first in a series–part of our effort to lead the way in veterinary CBD research and education. In this first video, you’ll gain a better understanding of how cannabinoids like CBD affect the brain and nervous system. About halfway through (10:22), Sam gives a great example of how CBD interrupts pain signals in the peripheral nervous system. And at minute 17, you’ll find a great explanation of how CBD binds to receptors and inhibits inflammation. The entire video provides a great overview–in layman’s terms–of the powerful endocannabinoid system.

At ABSC, we’re constantly working to improve and evolve science in the name of providing a better quality of life for our ailing companion animals. Want to learn more? Check out our News and Research Library! And subscribe to our YouTube channel–we’ve got more great educational content to come!

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“Promising” News for CBD Epilepsy Treatment

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil Used in Pilot Epilepsy Study at Colorado State University

Great news out of Dr. McGrath’s lab at Colorado State University! Dr. McGrath–a veterinary neurologist at the University’s James L. Voss Teaching Hospital–conducted a double-blind pilot study using ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil to look at using CBD to treat dogs with epilepsy. Calling her preliminary results “very promising,” Dr. McGrath reports that 89% of the dogs in the small pilot study showed a reduction in seizure frequency.

Sixteen dogs were enrolled in the clinical trial. Nine dogs were treated with CBD, which has 0.3 percent or less of the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC; seven dogs in a control group were treated with a placebo. The compound is not considered marijuana and can be used for research purposes based on the 2014 United States Department of Agriculture Farm Bill.

Giuden, Mary. July 19, 2019. Preliminary data from CBD clinical trials ‘promising.’ News from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. https://cvmbs.source.colostate.edu/preliminary-data-from-cbd-clinical-trials-promising/

We Care Enough To Do the Research

We are thrilled to be part of Dr. McGrath’s research, and to see these encouraging results with canine epilepsy patients. Although we have many anecdotal stories about CBD’s ability to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures, it’s important that we continue to gather clinical research and evidence. That’s why we will always support researchers like Dr. McGrath, who are leading the charge for more knowledge about CBD.

More Clinical Trials

Dr. McGrath and her colleagues at Colorado State have launched a larger clinical trial for epilepsy, and are seeking to enroll 60 dogs. You can learn more about that trial, including how to enroll, at the teaching hospital’s website. Want to learn more about other clinical trials happening with ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil? You can visit our News & Research page for updates on all the exciting things happening with veterinary CBD research!