“Sometimes you have an idea that resonates so strongly it’s worth taking the leap,” says Amanda Howland, co-founder of ElleVet Sciences, a South Portland company that develops and produces CBD products for pets. It wasn’t long after launching that she found validation in that initial idea.

All of the veterinary schools she and co-founder Christian Kjaer reached out to were interested in doing a study on their product. They chose to partner with Cornell University, which conducted trials on the product’s effectiveness in treating dogs with osteoarthritis.

ElleVet broke ground in the growing CBD market with the first clinical trial of a cannabis-based product for dogs. When the research paper was published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine, it was the most downloaded paper the site ever had. Trials with Cornell continue to be an integral part of new product development, which will soon include a line for cats. Read more