Campus Connection: Students and Recent Grads Address Cannabis Question

Dr. Josina Kasper ( Dr. Josina Kasper )

In our February and March issues, the Farm Journal editorial staff introduces a series on Cannabis and its potential applications across agriculture. The series, across all Farm Journal media platforms, covers hemp production for farmers, possible feed sources for livestock producers and, in Bovine Veterinarian, potential veterinary applications for Cannabis products such as CBD and THC.

So, tying in with that effort, here is the question our panel of veterinary students and recent DVM graduates address this month:

What are your initial thoughts on the potential for using Cannabis products such as CBD or THC for production or therapeutic applications in beef or dairy cattle?

Dr. Josina Kasper – University of Illinois, 2018 graduate

I think this is a great topic to touch on! The use of CBD products in human and companion animal medicine is definitely very prevalent. I know of a few people that use CBD products therapeutically and are happy with how it helps them. So with that, I think there is great potential for use of hemp products in the livestock industry. I think there obviously need to be more studies done to discover the full potential of the use of CBD and THC products. There is already enough scrutiny of what the livestock industry uses for therapy and treatment of diseases and pain management that I think we need to know more about how these products can influence livestock products before using them fully. Hopefully with the increase usage and availability of hemp and marijuana it will increase the ease of being able to conduct the research needed.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll feature each individual response from our panel of veterinary students and recent graduates. Meanwhile, follow our ongoing coverage of Cannabis in U.S. agriculture.