The world of hemp production is very complicated and constantly changing and expanding. One controversial aspect to the production of hemp and its by-products is the use of Cannabidiol (CBD oil), and more recently the use of CBD oil with livestock.


What is CBD OIL?

CBD is a chemical found in hemp.  CBD doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. The usual CBD formulation is oil, but CBD is also sold as an extract, a vaporized liquid and an oil-based capsule.


Are there any products that contain CBD Oil approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

Currently, the only CBD product approved by the Food and Drug Administration is a prescription oil called Epidiolex. It’s approved to treat two types of epilepsy. Yes, there are some companies are marketing CBD products claiming to treat diseases or for other therapeutic uses. Under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), any product intended to have a therapeutic or medical use, and any product (other than a food) that is intended to affect the structure or function of the body of humans or animals, is considered a drug. New, unapproved drugs cannot be distributed or sold in interstate commerce.


What does this mean for the use of CBD Oil for livestock and pets?

As of right now, there are no guidelines for uses in animals. If you have concerns about your animal’s health, refer to your veterinarian. Please know that Ag & Markets has told veterinarians and others in this field to not touch-on or recommend products that contain CBD Oil.


Have Questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact myself at 518-272-4210 or kls342@cornell.edu. You may also want to reach out to Maire Ullrich or Aaron Gabriel. Marie is the Cornell Hemp Team Specialist in eastern NY; her emphasis is hemp for CBD (mru2@cornell.edu). Aaron Gabriel is the Agronomist for the Capital Area and Horticulture Program (CAAHP Team); his emphasis is on hemp production for fiber and grain (adg12@cornell.edu).






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