Medical Marijuana for pets
Despite the dangers associated with marijuana for companion animals, some veterinarians and researchers have found that modified pot-based products are helpful to animals suffering from various health issues. Sometimes these treatments have worked for ailing pets when nothing else has.
A growing number of pets are taking hemp-based capsules that contain only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol—or THC—the psychoactive ingredient that provides the cannabis high. Hemp-based products have been found to contain over 60 components that can only be found in the marijuana plant. These compounds are known as phytocannabinoids.
New companies developing products that contain these unique compounds to treat anxiety, digestive issues, seizures and more. But the process of getting cannabis-based products on the market is tricky.
If their claims can be believed, cannabidiol (CBD) could be the holy grail of treatments for cancer, cancer side effects, diabetes, infections, mood disorders, cardiovascular disease, and epilepsy.
The testimonies on the Canna-Pet site seem to corroborate the benefits for several health concerns:
Billy is an Italian Greyhound who was being fostered in the California Bay Area. His extreme anxiety manifested with Billy chewing on his tail to the point that he constantly had to wear a cone.
Canna-Pet™ partners with several nonprofit rescues, including the Italian Greyhound Club of America. Therefore, Billy was provided with free products from the company to facilitate rehabilitation and rehoming of rescue animals.
After two weeks of taking the product, the testimonial page says that Billy was showing great improvement.
“The product is for sure helping Billy. He is so much calmer and no longer needs the cone from chewing himself. He is getting closer to being ready to adopt.”
After four months: “Billy has been adopted for several months now. Your product worked miracles and is the reason he is no longer in rescue.”
There was also a testimony regarding two dogs in the same home who no longer had issues with storm anxiety.
Showtime, in Los Angeles, CA, just turned 11, and has suffered from severe arthritis for two years, causing him to stop using his rear legs.
According to his owner, Showtime started falling more when he was started on Canna-Pet. This was obviously alarming.
“I realized after watching him closer, that he was falling because he was actually trying to use his back legs! The pain was gone, or at least a lot better. He seemed to be unaware that his strength had been lost due to the atrophy of his muscles.
Once he figured that out, he has slowly regained his muscle and his strength and is doing soooo much better. We have continued swimming and even went for a short run the other week. Had we done this before, it would have taken him at least 2 days to recover.
This time he rested and showed no signs of stiffness or sore muscles that night or the next day! He is eating and playing and is back to his old self.”
Martini, a 10-year-old Chihuahua from Florida, has had regular seizures and was overweight from Phenobarbital medications that weren’t even working. After a month of Canna-Pet, his owner can’t believe the difference:
“Thank you! I’m so happy to get him off that nasty Phenobarbital. He is back to his silly personality that I’ve been missing the last year. My vet thinks it’s great and is being supportive. I’m in Florida so this is a hot issue here. I try to take every opportunity to tell people my experience with Martini. He went from 3 or more seizures a week to not one in a month. Thanks so much.”
Buddy the Dachshund seems to have found similar results: “I just want to report that Buddy has not had a seizure for 21 days and counting. I will keep you posted. I am so happy that this product is working for our boy. Thank you.”