Cannabis, one health, and veterinary medicine: Cannabinoids' role in public health, food safety, and translational medicine

Sivan Ritter, Lilach Zadik-Weiss, Osnat Almogi-Hazan, Reuven Or

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Public health is connected to cannabis with regard to food, animal feed (feed), and pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the use of phytocannabinoids should be examined from a One Health perspective. Current knowledge on medical cannabis treatment (MCT) does not address sufficiently diseases which are of epidemiological and of zoonotic concern. The use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine is illegal in most countries, mostly due to lack of evidence-based medicine. To answer the growing need of scientific evidence-based applicable medicine in both human and veterinary medicine, a new approach for the investigation of the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids must be adopted. A model that offers direct study of a specific disease in human and veterinary patients may facilitate development of novel therapies. Therefore, we urge the regulatory authorities-the ministries of health and agriculture (in Israel and worldwide)-to publish guidelines for veterinary use due to its importance to public health, as well as to promote One Health-related preclinical translational medicine studies for the general public health.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0006
JournalRambam Maimonides Medical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Animal models
  • Cannabis
  • One Health
  • Public health
  • Translational medicine
  • Veterinary medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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