Veterinarians who want to offer hemp products to their clients no longer need to be concerned about possible legal implications from the DEA.
The recently signed Farm Bill by President Trump explicitly allows the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines for commercial or other purposes. The new rules put no restrictions on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products, so long as those items are produced in a manner consistent with the law.
Hemp, which is closely related to marijuana but has no psychoactive effect (less than 0.3% THC), has been classified as a controlled substance under federal law for decades (over 70 years). The Farm Bill removes this designation and reclassifies hemp as an agricultural product, legally distancing hemp from pot, according to Federal law.
This fall, two university studies (CSU and Cornell) confirmed that hemp oil is safe to use in dogs, and is beneficial in supporting joint health and to promote normal cognitive function.
Now with the legal situation regarding hemp finally receiving some much-needed clarification, the hope is that serious research can now be undertaken that will help us to fully realize the potential benefits of this most versatile plant.