Dr. Katherine Kramer has seen the headlines about veterinarians in Canada decrying the use of cannabis-derived CBD on pets.
“It’s interesting,” she tells the Straight by phone from her office at Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital, where she has practised veterinary medicine since 2011.
“A lot of vets are publicly saying, ‘No, there’s not enough research,’ or, ‘We can’t use it, it’s illegal,’ but in private, they are saying something else.”
For the last five years, Dr. Kramer has been speaking about the benefits of CBD with her clients, despite the fact that B.C.’s College of Veterinarians says there isn’t enough research for vets to be prescribing it.
“We are limited by the legalities, and according to the college, we’re not supposed to recommend or prescribe it, which I don’t,” says the vet, who uses a combination of Western medicine, veterinary acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat pets that come to the clinic.
“But considering in Vancouver especially, [cannabis] is so prevalent, most of my clients come in and they have already got something they want to use.”
Kramer says when