How Cannabis Can Help Your Pet

When it comes to your animal, there are many things to consider

Our pets can benefit greatly from cannabis. Animals may receive the medicinal attributes of the plant through topicals and edibles such as: creams, lotions, oils, soaps, salves, patches, tasty treats, tinctures, and capsules.

What Does Cannabis Do That Will Help My Cat or Dog?

Every mammal on the planet has what is called an endocannabinoid system. This unique system contains receptors located throughout the body found in the brain, cells, tissues, nerves, muscles, and skin. These receptors respond to cannabinoids. When they become saturated in cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD, CBG, CBN and others, two-way communication begins to happen between nerves and cells. This essentially allows for the body to operate at a more efficient level, naturally.

Through the consumption of cannabinoids, your pet can receive the same incredible benefits as humans. This includes relief from inflammation, arthritis, seizures, depression, skin and fur disorders. If your pet has become ill or is starting to suffer from conditions that come with age, like arthritis, there are options aside from prescription drugs. It’s very important to speak with a professional who understands animals and cannabis for advice as to the best method of delivery and proper dosage.

In his article, titled “Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System,” Dustin Sulak, DO, states that cannabinoids play a vital role in the promotion of homeostasis (the regulation of internal systems to maintain balance) on every biological level. The endocannabinoid system is kind of like the cell mediator for mammals. This system is also responsible for controlling body functions such as autophagy (the breaking down and destruction of unhealthy parts of cells to be digested and recycled).

Where Can I Find Cannabis For My Pet?

Finding cannabis for your pet isn’t difficult if you live in one of the eight states that have legal retail access to cannabis. If you live in one of the many other prohibition states, this may be a bit more difficult, but possible (some online companies deliver to all 50 states). The best way to find the medicine you need is to set up a visit or consultation with a veterinarian familiar with cannabis or holistic medicine. The misconception many times is that your pet will consume cannabis the way you do. In fact, pet’s don’t usually consume THC, but rather CBD.

CBD has many medicinal attributes without the stoney effects of THC. CBD is known to be an anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and more.  Some people use full spectrum whole cannabis plant therapy for their pets, but this is often at the terminal point to ease the pain their pet is in.

There’s No Better Time To Find Out More About Cannabis For Your Furry Family Member

Photo courtesy of 8 Mile Family Farm

Advancements are being made in the areas of research surrounding pets and cannabis. This becomes more evident as the market grows, and as more specialists, such as Dr. Anne Lampru, recommend cannabis treatments for animals. Dr. Lampru, a holistic veterinarian in Tampa, Florida, is seeking success stories about dogs using CBD.

An example of such a case is a 10-year-old dog named Diesel who suffers from a herniated disc. Cannabis has proven success for him and his brother Tanker, who suffers from an autoimmune disease. “This is just the cannabinoid oil. This is not anything with the psychoactive effect at all,” is what Dr. Anne Lampru, told NBC-2.

In the CNBC report, titled “Pot For Pets,” an in depth look is taken at Kelly Conway and her pooch, Georgia, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with syringomyelia, a neurological disease. Conway told CNBC that “It has truly been a miracle and I don’t say that lightly, I feel like I have a whole new dog. Georgia’s happy and relaxed. She’s not in pain. It’s amazing.”

Emerald contributor since September 2015


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