Start Barking up the Right Trees
As widespread cannabis legalization and destigmatization continues its beautiful journey throughout the U.S., new, therapeutic uses for the plant continue to be discovered. One of the most revolutionary: medical doses safe for pets. To be clear, we’re not talking about letting your kitten browse your stash box; we’re advocating pot specifically formulated to treat the veterinary issues that many of our furry friends face.
Animals, like humans, have their own complex endocannabinoid systems (ECS) that act as cannabinoid receptors. The difference between medical strains for humans and pets is that animal-safe weed products contain extremely low levels of THC, and are mostly made of CBD (Cannabidiol). CBD is a non-toxic cannabis extract that is not psychoactive and does not produce a “high.” CBD for pets comes in a several forms including tinctures, capsules, and even topicals. Though Spot won’t be able to enjoy the recreational aspects of cannabis, the plant is super safe and can be incredibly helpful in treating medical issues.
How Can Cannabidiol Help?
Treating Seizures: An estimated 1–5 percent of all dogs experience seizures. Compelling research has shown that giving a dog CBD-infused products can inhibit seizures and their frequency. No negative side effects have been found. A testimonial on the California-based veterinary company, told the story of Fisher, a dog from Long Beach that was seizure-free for 16 weeks following CBD oil treatment.
Treating Cancer: This year, Chicago blog Mommy Mayhem reported the story of a 7-year-old Great Dane named Leah that has bone cancer. Her owner began giving her dog CBD drops in her food. The treatment ultimately resulted in restoring Leah’s ability to walk within two days. The research backs it up. In 2012, researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center found that CBD could stop metastasis in breast, brain, prostate, and other aggressive forms of cancer.