Pet owners who struggle to watch their furry loved ones deal with chronic pain and anxiety might find new hope in medical marijuana treatments. Even though not all states have passed laws allowing for medical marijuana to be used in treating humans yet, some people are already looking ahead to how the drug could be used to treat ailments in pets.
According to Philly Voice, a number of companies are experimenting with edible marijuana-based treats for pets. It’s important to note that these treats aren’t intended for recreational use or to get Fido high. (In fact, the researchers working on these treatments have specifically worked to remove the chemicals that would cause animals to become high.) The treats are intended to be used medicinally.
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"In general, hemp can assist [animals] in all the same ailments we find medical marijuana aiding in the human fields: arthritis, IBD/IBS, pancreatic inflammation/pain, neurological conditions, cancer-associated symptoms, glaucoma, etc.," Sarah Brandon, executive director of Canna Companion USA, told Philly Voice. Canna Companion makes cannabis capsules for cats and dogs. Another option out there is Vetcbd, a liquid cannabis extract, administered via syringe or applied to food.
If you do decide to experiment with medical marijuana treatments for your pet, it’s important to make sure that you buy products specifically designed for animals, NOT humans. You want to make sure your ailing dog or cat isn't getting a dose of THC, which is usually removed from animal-engineered products, and can be toxic to your furry friends.
The American Veterinary Medical Association has yet to take a stance on medical marijuana for animals and there’s much research to still be done. That said, some pet owners say it's worth considering, especially if your pet suffers from chronic pain or anxiety and has been unresponsive to other treatments.
But remember, before giving any supplement to your pet, it’s important to do thorough research, consult your vet, and keep a close eye on your furry friend for signs of allergic reaction or other side effects.
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