As the world went into lockdown and working from home became the norm, our pets grew accustomed to having us around. But as some places open up and humans return to work, our furry friends are left behind with only separation anxiety for company. Which is where CBD comes in. Emma Castle reports. 

Covid-19 has had some weird economic impacts, not least on the price of cavoodles. If you have a cool $8k lying around, you could snaffle one of these highly sought-after pooches. 

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But it’s not just cavoodle breeders who are cashing in on Covid. 

The cannabis pet product market is set for growth as pet owners seek out ways to assuage the separation anxiety of their newly acquired charges. 

As the humans return to work, the fluffy ones will be left wondering what to do all day. Should they bark? Should they tear the couch to shreds? Should they sit whimpering by the door for nine hours until the humans return?

According to Google Trends, the search term ‘CBD for pets’ reached an all-time high in the last week of June in the US this year, indicating that interest is increasing.

But is it legal?

In a word, no. CBD for pets is not legal in Australia and yet many pet owners are rolling the dice and ordering it in from the US where it’s legal in 10 states, namely Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

And they’re not just ordering it for separation anxiety. A small clinical trial at Colorado State University found that CBD oil reduced seizures in epileptic dogs after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, to treat seizures in humans. There is also a lot of interest generally in cannabinoids for joint health.