He is a 13-year-old Dutch Shepherd who suffers from redness and itchy skin due to seasonal allergies.
Kona’s discomfort kept her up at night, and in turn kept her owner Bea Adams up at night as well.
Bea took Kona to her vet, who recommended Therabis, a CBD-based medicinal cannabis product designed specifically for dogs.
After three days on Therabis, Kona’s itching completely stopped and her skin cleared up, according to her owner.
Cannabis for pets? Seriously?
If you consider yourself a responsible pet owner, feeding cannabis to your dog or cat can seem irresponsible at best.
But let’s put aside the stigma that often accompanies cannabis and focus on this simple fact: Cannabis is a medicinal plant. It has been used to treat diseases for thousands of years.
Animals get sick just like people. In fact, here is a short list of diseases that affect animals and humans:
- Epileptic Attacks
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic pain
And because animals get sick, they sometimes need drugs to get better…just like humans.
Why You Should Consider CBD For Your Pet
Some people, after a doctor’s visit, choose to treat their illness with medicinal cannabis rather than the standard prescription drugs, as they want to avoid the negative side effects of these drugs.
People give medicinal cannabis to their sick animals for the same reason.
Take Miles for example. This was a 12 year old Labrador Retriever mix diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was given two months to live and a prescription for tramadol, a painkiller.
While taking tramadol, Miles’ activity level decreased. Zero energy. He fell asleep immediately after taking the medicine.
So her owner Denise started giving her medicinal cannabis intended for dogs.
Miles’ energy and appetite returned. His vomiting stops. Denise was even able to take him to the beach where he had no problem running and playing.
Denise says the CBD has helped Miles to become themselves again.
This phrase often occurs in those anecdotal stories where the owner switches from prescription drugs to medical cannabis: “My pet was back to himself. “
Isn’t that what drugs should do?
How Cannabis For Pets Differs From Cannabis For Humans
Cannabis contains the two most well-known cannabinoids (chemical compounds in the marijuana plant that are responsible for its medical benefits). These cannabinoids are
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
THC makes us feel “high”. CBD on the other hand is not psychoactive but still has many health benefits such as pain relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-epilepsy, etc.
Medicinal cannabis products designed for pets are based only on CBD. They usually contain zero or trace amounts of THC, so you don’t have to worry about poisoning your pet.
Can Vets Prescribe Cannabis For Pets?
Unfortunately not. Because cannabis is still illegal under federal law, any vet who prescribes or recommends it could risk losing their license.
However, a vet may be able to provide you with basic information about the effectiveness of cannabis for pets. They can also alert you to potential risks your pet may face.
That’s why it’s important to let your vet know if you’re considering treating your pet’s illness with medical marijuana. You want your vet to be able to track your pet’s progress!
Can You Give Your Pet Regular Cannabis Products?
Absolutely not! Regular cannabis products are toxic to animals, especially those with a high concentration of THC.
There are already too many sad stories of pets being hospitalized for discovering their owners’ cannabis stash and eating it all. Don’t let this happen to your pet.
If you want to treat your pet with medicinal cannabis, buy CBD products made especially for animals.
And remember, some products are designed for different sized animals, so please check the packaging before purchasing. It should tell you how much weight the animal needs.
Where To Buy CBD For Pets?
Where to buy CBD for pets?
Premium Medical marijuana Dispensary Offers CBD Products For Pets! Here’s some information about some of the brands we offer:
Developed by veterinarian Stephen Katz, Therabis offers a variety of hemp-derived CBD products for dogs in sachets (one-time containers) and daily supplements.
We’ve talked a lot about dogs in this article, but cats can also benefit from CBD! CannaPaws currently offers CBD hemp tinctures that can be used to treat both dogs and cats. The amount of drops you use will depend on the size of your pet.
Most of Cannabella’s products are designed for humans, but they also give love to all dogs in the form of their Canna Canine Premium CBD treats. In addition to CBD, the treat also contains peanut butter, whole wheat flour, oats, chicken stock and olive oil.
National Day For The Love Of Your Pet!
February 20 is National Animal Love Day! (We know you haven’t forgotten; we just remember all the other people out there…)
So what do you get from the animal that has everything?
Well, if they have health problems or allergies, medical cannabis can be a good place to start.
Talk to your vet and our pharmacy consultants for more information. See if CBD can do for your pet what it did for Kona and Miles – helping them get back to themselves.