Every year, more states are legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana. As it stands, 25 states as well as Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana and U.S. residents across the country have reported on the miraculous effects the plant has had on helping them treat a whole array of conditions. So it’s no wonder that people have begun to question if these same medicinal uses can benefit their beloved pets. The simple answer to this is “yes”. People have begun using specially formulated medical marijuana for animals to treat a whole number of issues including cancer, arthritis and anxiety with very successful results. In fact, some companies and dispensaries have been marketing their own brands of edible marijuana treats, pills and oils for animals.
CBD Good, THC Bad
The key to the success of the treatments is using only CBD oil. THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is highly toxic to animals and will usually send them to the animal hospital emergency care with high symptoms of anxiety. CBD oil, on the other hand, has produced miraculous effects on animals, curing debilitating symptoms and giving them a new lease on life.
Examples of Edible Marijuana Improving Pet Health
All kinds of conditions can be treated using edible marijuana treats or topical oils. Some of the reported examples include accounts of skin cancer disappearing on a boxer’s hide after topical treatments of CBD oil, a bulldog that spent most of its time throwing up or lying down returning to his normal healthy disposition after daily doses of CBD treatments and a 12 year old lab with liver and lung cancer regaining his positive spirit and appetite after being treated with a tincture. A woman in Long Beach, California said that her cat, who would spend most of her time hiding in the closet due to the pains of arthritis, started to come out, play, eat and cuddle after receiving medical marijuana treatments.
Pet Edibles on the Market
It’s very important to keep in mind that any recreational or edible marijuana containing THC will be highly toxic to animals so it’s important to keep it out of reach from them. Even with all the benefits CBD oils can deliver as a food, pill or topically, THC does not produce the same result. Having said that, specially made CBD products for pets can be found, including Treatibles which are CBD pills and Canna-Biscuits which are cannabis based treats for dogs that also contain pumpkin, coconut oil and other supportive ingredients for dogs.
Medical marijuana is still in the early days of research and the same can be said for its use in treating animals but so far the results speak for themselves. Unfortunately, vets cannot prescribe or recommend medical marijuana treatments for animals yet. Unless you have a dispensary that is well versed in treating pets, you may need to do research online to see what is best for your pet’s condition. As marijuana continues to be legalized throughout the country, there’s no doubt that medical marijuana treatments for pets will become the way of the future.