- Posted by email@example.com
- On September 7, 2018
The emergence of adult use and medical cannabis has given Americans hope for alternative treatments to conditions such as anxiety, inflammation, seizures and cancer with countless anecdotes of successful symptom management and improved quality of life. These restorative treatments can be so effective that the logical question arises: Why not help out my best friend, my dog, in the same way?
We do have to make a point of clarification here – The Infinite Wellness Center does not employ medical doctors, cannot give medical advice, and only recommends our products for regulated, controlled use for human adults over the age of 21.
But it’s 2018, so where’s the science? How can we help our beloved pets with anxiety, seizures, and even end of life care with cannabis?
Veterinarians hands are tied from making direct cannabis recommendations due to it’s Schedule 1 listing. This really only affects products that are derived from cannabis and contain over 0.3% THC by volume.
Hemp derived products that are high in CBD are rapidly emerging in the market, but are only regulated as a health supplement. Though they may lack the benefits of other products rich in a multitude of cannabinoids, there are cases that have seen success in symptom and disease management with the use of CBD treats.
As with any product, know what you’re getting and be aware of other allergens that animals can have, such as chocolate, onions or grapes (all toxic to canines). Additionally, know the source material origins, extraction process and quality control or laboratory testing procedures that were used to verify the content of the product. Avoid products that do not have specific milligram results by cannabinoid, such as 20mg of hemp extract vs. 20mg of CBD.
CBD doesn’t carry the same intoxicating effects as THC and carries a drastically lower risk of toxicity. Life threatening risks for dogs from THC products are “exceedingly rare” according to Dr. Gary Richter of Montclair Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Richter continues, “The most signficant is THC toxicity, meaning, essentially, they are high.”
As with any being, uknowingly consuming THC can have negative effects on anxiety, confusion and mental state. This can make pets uncomfortable and cause unnecessary stress on an animal’s mental state.
Should you use cannabis with animals? The science is still coming in, so the answers are unclear. As long as the research is made extremely difficult through federal prohibition, there will not likely be conclusive studies to evaluate. We always recommend consulting your veterinarian.