You have probably heard by now that CBD, otherwise known as the ‘miracle’ medicine, is providing relief for individuals who suffer from chronic pain. A question we can beg to ask is: If CBD is working for humans, why can’t it be used to help our furry friends too?
This situation sounds all too familiar. Your pet is due for its vet checkup, however, you dread putting Sparky in his carrier as this and the travel to the vet’s office causes him extreme stress. What if there was a way we could help our pets with their own ailments naturally? If given CBD, it could potentially ease the anxiety our pets endure in situations such as this.
There is no doubt that people are jumping the CBD bandwagon to medicate their pets with forms of cannabis and CBD extracts.
While the popularity of CBD is gaining momentum, there is still very little research done on it to this date. People are still left to wonder whether cannabis is a safe alternative for their pets. Veterinarians across North America are being asked this question while the vast majority aren’t allowed to discuss cannabis as a possible recommendation medication without risking their medical license.
With little research done to date, people are led to wonder whether it’s safe to give their pets cannabis. Given that it is still illegal in many places, there is very little funding available or legal access to it for potential projects such as testing CBD with animals. Many vets across North America are being asked more frequently this question, while the vast majority aren’t allowed to discuss cannabis as a possible recommended medication without risking their medical license.
With little research done to date, people are led to wonder whether it’s safe to give their pets CBD due to the fact that there is little funding available for research on topics such as this. Many veterinarians across North America are being asked this leading question and yet, the vast majority of them aren’t allowed to discuss cannabis as a possible recommended medication without risking their medical license. In February of this year, the American Veterinary Medical Association released a document titled, “Cannabis: What Veterinarians Need to Know” to help doctors advise their clients and treat those who may have been exposed to cannabis.
The document gives a breakdown on cannabis, cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, and concentrates, however, it only provides information from existing cases in which animals were brought in to see a vet from a toxic reaction. Evidence shows that animals will typically experience side-effects within 1-3 hours of exposure but symptoms can manifest quickly, and in as little as 5 minutes. Young puppies seem to take the brunt of the most toxic cases but these are unrelated and include toxicities such as chocolate and raisins.
Some veterinarians are open to the idea of using cannabis as a safe and effective alternative to medicine but strictly recommend beginning any treatment with the lowest amount possible. This equates to roughly 1mg/ml a day for your furry friend. If your pet doesn’t show any negative side effects (such as disorientation, excitement, vomiting), then the dose can be gradually increased every 5 days or so – stick to .05ml increments in a given week.
Luckily for cannabis-curious pet lovers, the spread of legalization is giving veterinarians enough resources now to take matters into their own hands. With legalization popping up across the world, governments are starting to establish guidelines that allow veterinarians to legally discuss cannabis and products with their clients. It is recommended while shopping for tinctures or pet-friendly cannabis products, to ensure you’re aware of the products ingredient sources, along with any available testing on the material and where it was produced.