Georgia, a 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is a cannabis patient. Kelly Conway, Georgia's owner, takes some heat when she tells friends about the unorthodox treatment.
"People will say they can't believe I'm letting her get high, but she's not getting high," Conway said.
No, Georgia is not ingesting the same kind of pot that Snoop Dogg smokes. Georgia, along with a growing number of pets, takes hemp-based CBD that contain only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol—or THC—the psychoactive ingredient that provides the cannabis high.
Georgia suffered from syringomyelia, a serious neurological disease, and traditional medicine wasn't working. So earlier this year, Conway took her to Dr. Cynthia Graves, who practices alternative veterinary care in Philadelphia. Graves started Georgia on acupuncture, which seemed to help, and then she recommended Cannabidiol or (CBD) made from hemp, for Georgia's pain and anxiety.
Conway was skeptical, but to her surprise, it worked.
"It has truly been a miracle and I don't say that lightly. I feel like I have a whole new dog. Georgia's happy and relaxed. She's not in pain. It's amazing."
Annabelle is a 14-year-old Persian Cat. Her owner Rose Easterling, a self-described "doubting Thomas," was very apprehensive about using CBD for her pet. She gave it to Annabelle because she didn't like giving her the pain medication the vet prescribed.
"I don't think it has cured everything. She still has arthritis, but it's making her feel a whole lot better," Easterling said.
Does it work?
A number of veterinary experts recommend the use of CBD to treat dogs and cats. All of them saw the potential for benefits for a variety of conditions, such as anxiety and pain management as well as many more serious conditions such as cancer and tumors.
Many pet owners have had success using CBD for their pets but as with anything go slow depending on the condition and size of your pet. For best results the CBD drops can easily be added to their favorite food or treats. We have also seen pet owners open the capsules and sprinkle the CBD powder directly on their pets food.
Our CBD products are derived from Hemp and are a great safe and natural choice for using personally or to help out our pets.
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