The green rush is seeing a rise in creative start-ups with innovative ideas for the medicinal usage of CBD (cannabidiol). East Coast Cannabis Business Expo saw some of these amazing ventures, including cannabis pet food and treatment for degenerative brain diseases.
San Diego-based HempMeds has developed cannabis pet food, treats and oils that help animals that may suffer from anxiety, digestive issues, seizures and more.
Rob Streisfeld, a consultant for HempMeds, says CBD is naturally found in the cannabis plant, and will not get your dogs and cats stoned.
“It’s non-psychoactive, so it doesn’t get your pets high,” Streisfeld said.”It does have tremendous benefits and potential to help with seizures, anxiety and all other benefits regarding neuro-protection.”
CBD is still being heavily-researched for medicinal use, says Streisfeld. But Andrew Hard, a spokesman for HempMeds, says the regulatory process is much slower for pets than it is for people.
“Bizarrely enough we have products out there for people right now, but for animals its moving much more slowly,” he says. “Sometimes the regulation for animals is more stringent than it is for people.”
HempMeds eventually will need to secure regulatory approval, but the company says it already has accepted orders.
Tackling traumatic head injury
KannaLife Sciences, based in West Hills, New York, is hoping to tackle traumatic brain injuries with CBD-focused applications.
The company signed a license with the National Institutes of Health in August to develop treatments, which in turn will seek Food and Drug Administration approval in the next three to five years.
KannaLife hopes its products will help treat degenerative brain diseases for patients—including professional athletes.
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