Medical cannabis for dogs and cats? How crazy does that sound? To many pet owners who have used CBD oil for pets, and the US senator who made provision for a medical cannabis pet registry, it doesn’t sound in the least bit strange.
It’s not just CBD oil, a form of cannabis that won’t make Fido as high as a kite, that’s being used. Some pet owners swear by THC infused munchies as a medicine for their ailing pets. The Guardian looks at some of the pets (and their owners) who seem to be thriving on hemp or pot.
If you’ve ever had a pet that suffers from epileptic fits, you’ll know how upsetting it is for both you and your pet. Bernie, a Swiss mountain dog used to have a seizure at least once a week, and the meds his owner was giving him to prevent seizures didn’t work and made him listless, plus, Bernie’s family worried about liver damage that would shorten their pet’s life.
With Florida not allowing medical marijuana, Bernie’s folks were still able to get hold of CBD oil infused doggie treats legally. After all, The Guardian reports, hemp products don’t produce the high, and that meant Bernie was able to get his CBD oil bites. The result? Bernie hasn’t had a single seizure in the last four months.
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‘Monkey’ the cat enjoys her last months more
Monkey the cat had terminal cancer, and her life-prolonging treatment also made her sad and sick. Interestingly, Monkey’s ‘mom’ was Amanda Reiman the manager of marijuana law at the Drug Policy Alliance.
She decided to try a more THC rich form of medical cannabis rather than CBD oil, but she was very happy with the results. Reiman says that a few drops in Monkey’s food made all the difference. Monkey was playing like a kitten and her appetite came back. She and her cat were able to enjoy a few more months together without Reiman having to feel that her cat was suffering unduly. Sadly, monkey eventually died, but her last months were much pleasanter thanks to medical cannabis oil.
Nevada pets proposal for CBD oil registry
Although dosing pets with CBD oil is less problematic, some pet owners use THC-rich preparations. There’s just one problem: even if you do happen to live in a state with medical marijuana program, you still need a prescription for THC products.
That’s why senator Tick Segerblom decided it was time to have a medical marijuana registry for pets. To say that his colleagues – and the press – thought this was pretty amusing would be an understatement, but Segerblom persisted. Sadly, his bill was never debated in a hearing, ending Nevada pet-owners hopes for a medical marijuana program that would include animals.
What vets are saying
Vets warn against dosing pets with THC rich cannabis oil. They say that getting the dose right is difficult and that animals can easily be given too much leading to potentially dangerous overdoses. CBD oil based pet treatments are safer, and according to the Guardian, they can be legally bought online without a prescription, even in states that don’t allow for medical cannabis use. Pet owners won’t have a ‘stoned’ pet on their conscience.
Makers of THC edibles for pets say that they do know how to get their doses right – and that pets won’t be intoxicated as long as pet owners stick to their guidelines. Others point out that cannabis has to be heated before THC becomes active, and say the whole fuss is a storm in a teacup that could be resolved by knowing the difference between CBD oil, THC oil and active and inactive cannabinoids.
What do you say?
Is the idea of giving medical cannabis in the form of CBD oil or THC treats ludicrous? As a pet owner, would you give your pet medical cannabis without your vet’s approval?