CBD oil, the non-psycho active extract from marijuana is being used a lot these days for pets, as many owners claim to be having a lot of success with it. It’s going mainstream.
For example, CBS Baltimore explains:
Owner Holly Wolf says the medication Bear was taking to prevent seizures had side-effects, potential kidney and liver damage, lethargy, and weight gain.
After consulting with her vet, Wolf switched to cannabinoids, CBD.
“My puppy came back, ” she said. “I foster dogs and he’s playing with the foster dogs, he’s playing with my puppy whereas before he just kind of laid there.”
Dina Boebel, who is a consultant at Nature’s Care and Wellness in Perryville says it’s helped her sister’s dog.
“My sister used to have to carry her dog up and down the steps,” Boebel said. “I was watching her dog, gave him some CBD, and he was going up and down the steps, jumping on the sofa.”
Dana Bridges is the clinical director, who administers CBD to her own pet.
“My dog has arthritis, she has two fake knees, she had cancer in her right front leg and it required a flap to close it,” Bridges said. “She was really struggling to go up and the steps wouldn’t go on her walks and she is doing amazing.”
Here is a good interview with Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, in it she interviews Dr. Rob Silver about his recent book, “Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide.”
According to Gary Richter, a veterinarian in Oakland, California, It has “a lot of beneficial medical properties” for dogs. He said that he’s seen animals that have fewer seizures,” as well as improvements mitigating separation anxiety, aches and pains and gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhea.”
Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician who advises the CBD company Phyto Animal Health, says that more of the compounds found in cannabis will be incorporated into animal treatment with all of the legalization going around. He he told the Guardian that cannabis has been tested on 24 species, including birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
According to him:
“As with every pharmaceutical, people should be very careful about what they’re giving their pets,” Richter said. CBD dog treats can be purchased in some pet stores and online but there’s “no oversight of the quality of these products”.