The market for CBD for pets has boomed, with some touting health benefits for treating seizures and pain management, but the federal government has yet to establish standards for CBD.
Mackey told the newspaper the race’s head veterinarian, Stuart Nelson, asked him not to give CBD oil to his dogs, but Mackey declined because CBD oil is not among the list of banned substances in the Iditarod rule book.
Lanier has said that was exaggerated. He got caught by a big wind 40 miles from the end of the race and was blown out to the Bering Sea.
Paige Drobney, a native of Pennsylvania living in Cantwell, Alaska, took the lead Wednesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She was the first musher to leave the checkpoint at Ophir.
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a non-intoxicating molecule found in hemp and marijuana. Both are cannabis plants, but only marijuana has enough of the compound THC to get users high.
The mitts were designed and hand-stitched by Loretta Maillelle. Royer also received a musher’s hat made from a beaver caught by Gary Egrass and designed and stitched by his wife, Rosalie.
FILE – In this March 7, 2020 file photo, four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Lance Mackey is shown before the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Fairbanks musher Jessie Royer had the lead late Tuesday, and was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in McGrath.
The oldest musher in the race, 79-year-old retired pathologist Jim Lanier, withdrew from the race Tuesday evening at Rainy Pass over concerns for his own well-being, Iditarod officials said in a release.
Mackey critics on the other hand contend that even if he didn’t break the letter of the rules, he has violated the spirit of rules that seek to level the playing field by banning performance-enhancing substances.
The CBD tincture in question is supplied by The High Expedition, a Talkeetna-based company that provides no information on the CBD concentration in its “Pet Tincture…Approved by Lance Mackey.”
No suspect has ever been identified, and Seavey has yet to return to the race.
Mackey himself made the drug sound almost magical in the Alaska Cannabist story. He reported administering the CBD, leaving his kennel and returning to find the health of nine ailing dogs visibly improved.
The rest of the mushing community seems fairly split on Mackey and CBD.
Mackey said Iditarod chief veterinarian, Stuart Nelson asked him not to use CBD during the race, but Mackey decided to use it anyway. Nelson told the newspaper he didn’t want to talk about it.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still wrestling with how to handle this issue. CBD is in something of a legal limbo, classified as a drug for some purposes, illegal for sale as a dietary supplement, but not otherwise restricted.
Veterinarians have also raised questions about the safety of the drug.
“It’s a natural product that can give users feelings of calm and relaxation and ease aches and pains but is not psychoactive.”