Canna-Pet: Medical Cannabis Now Available For Pets, Too
It would appear that it is not only humans that now benefit from medical cannabis. Some budding entrepreneurs have released Canna-Pet, an over the counter CBD based drug for animals.
It is the product of 17 years of research, development and testing, but Canna-Pet is finally here. It may soon be possible for you to buy this CBD based medicine to help treat the ailments of your pet, in a bid to improve their quality of life.
Dan Goldfarb, founder of the company CannaSalus LLC and one of the master minds behind Canna-Pet describes how, although CBD testing is still being continued on humans, it is a well-documented fact that CBD has amazing benefits on small animals – so it only makes sense to make it available for our cats and dogs.
It is all possible because the CBD is sourced from hemp, a non-psychoactive member of the cannabis family. This means that there is no THC content and thus animals do not technically “get high”. The company claims it has zero side-effects and that notable results can be seen after a week just from a small dose. What’s more, because it originates from legal hemp sources, the drug should be legal worldwide (unless a country has special restrictions on CBD).
Clinical trials with the drug have shown that it can be effectively used to treat animals with diabetes, cancer, arthritis, chronic pain, nausea and with animals receiving palliative care. It is also claimed that the drug can be used as a healthy daily supplement in order to reduce aggression, anxiety and obesity over long term use. CannaSalus also suggest that long term use could prolong the lives of our beloved pets.
Pets and cannabis, a growing trend
The launch of Canna-pet is not something that is entirely a surprise. Many veterinarians are reporting an ever increasing interest from owners to administer cannabis to their pets – especially in Canada.
Dr. Katherine Kramer, a Canadian vet of the Vancouver Animal Welfare Hospital describes how she has noticed the growing trend first hand. Whilst she cannot legally endorse or recommend the use of cannabis as a treatment for pets, she can advise on safe doses and way to administer it - in order to stop owners causing any potential harm to their pets should they decide to go ahead anyway. And even despite the fact she reports owners still tend to give too high a dose to their animals, she has seen first-hand the benefits it is having on the pets it is given to, and hopes that medical marijuana becomes a recognised form of treatment for animals in the future.
It is still early days, but the notion that cannabis could be used for our pets is picking up steam. As it gains more recognition, and people see the benefits it has on their pets, it will hopefully spur even more research into the effects of cannabis on humans – as well as see it more widely accepted.