Is Cannabis Safe For Pets?
THC and CBD are the generally well-known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that affects the human brain and causes a ‘high,’ while CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is known to treat a long list of ailments in humans. Can the cannabis plant be used to help our furry friends too?
Currently, there are pet treats on the market that contain different types of cannabinoids. As CBD derived from hemp oil is legal across the United States, these types of ‘infused’ treats are available even in states without MMJ-friendly laws. CBD derived from hemp oil is extracted from processed hemp, and contains no THC.
Currently no scientific evidence supports the theory that THC and CBD work harmoniously together to treat ailments in household pets. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence and many pet owners are prepared to discuss their experience using CBD and THC to treat their pets. In fact, most cannabis-using pet owners I talked to raved about the benefits of combining THC and CBD to benefit the health and wellness of their pet.
CBD is considered safe in animals (and in humans) because over consumption poses no risk of overdose or even change in mood. The effect of CBD on a human and animal is presumed to be similar, given what pet owners report. Consuming CBD is different for all humans and pets, but common effects include feeling alert and clear-headed, and relaxed—not sedated. CBD has been known to act as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic in humans.
In humans, CBD can counteract the effect of THC. Research continues into whether this is the case for animals, but a dose of CBD is recommended to assist anxiety brought on by THC in humans. There is anecdotal evidence that show some pet owners thoroughly support low doses of THC combined with CBD, and in the legal cannabis market of Washington state, there are products available to assist those pet owners.
One pet and canna-business owner that I spoke to told me she was happy to see more coverage on the topic of pets and cannabis, “They benefit just as much as we do!” she declared. Chelsea, owner of Sweet Freak Bakery in Toronto, Ontario, has used cannabis to treat two of her pets. Chang was a tough pug who lived to be 17 years of age, and he suffered from cataracts, arthritis and eventually seizures as he moved into old age. Chelsea found that using a variety of different mediums was best to treat different ailments in her pets. Chang’s cataracts were noticeably improved following a higher dose of THC, while this same dose and consumption method did not relieve Chang’s arthritis. Chelsea also treated her chocolate lab, Ludo, using cannabis. Ludo is currently 13, and he too has cataracts and arthritis. To treat Ludo’s arthritic symptoms, Chelsea uses cannabis with a high level of CBD and CBN (cannabinol). Her 17-month old-pup, Lucy, loves the cannabis-infused treats too, and takes great pleasure in stealing them from Ludo. Chelsea has trialed products from Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) to cannabis trim to help her pups out, but she doesn’t stop there. “I also incorporate hemp into their diets. It is pretty much completely raw; I make it at home. They get oil, hemp hearts and sometimes, hemp protein powder.”
The ASPCA and PETA have yet to support cannabis as medication for pets due to lack of sufficient scientific evidence. A market for medicated pet cannabis products is emerging in medical cannabis states throughout the United States despite the lack of evidence, and offers pet owners some natural solutions to combat common health problems.
Fairwinds Companion Tincture is designed for furry friends and contains a 5:1 ratio of CBD to THC. It is important to keep dosages of THC low to avoid creating anxiety or discomfort in your pet.
This tincture is vegetarian, but is also bacon-flavored. Your little guys and gals will LOVE this!
Treatibles are an infused dog treat, and are safe for cats and other pets to eat too. Containing CBD derived from clean hemp, these treats are tested three times to ensure no contaminants are present.
These Treatibles can be digested by any pet with an endocannabinoid system. That’s all pets…except insects. Sorry, grasshopper!