Medical marijuana has all kinds of uses, and recently, people are realizing that CBD can be extracted from the hemp plant, leaving behind a medicine that is completely safe and psychoactive free. CBD is being used to treat children with seizure disorders and chronic pain conditions. And recently, a new candidate or CBD treatment is popping up - dogs.
Dog lovers everywhere are starting to get hip to this new treatment, as the word is spreading that medical cannabis can work wonders for canines as well as humans. Wendy Mansfield of Fort Bragg, California, told Quartz that medical marijuana brought her 15-year-old labrador Kali back from the brink of death. The dog was in constant pain and was about to be euthanized, but after trying a few specialty CBD-infused dog treats from a local dispensary, she was back to her old self again, walking around by herself, taking trips outside, and eating and drinking without being prompted.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have anticipated this,” Mansfield told Quartz in an interview. “It brought my dog back.” She was able to cancel the vet appointment to have the dog euthanized, and Kali is still alive and well.
Of course, like all other aspects of the medical marijuana industry, this is not moving forward without a considerable number of hurdles to get past. The medical market is growing all the time, but since this is still such a legal grey area, and since cannabis is still technically a Schedule I drug, making it hard to do experiments testing the validity of medical claims, there has been a lot of resistance. Since this is the case, many pet lovers are skeptical about taking this risk and giving the product to their ailing pets, unless, like Mansfield, it is as a last resort for a pet who otherwise may face a grim a fate.
So far, these edibles are known among cannabis and canine enthusiasts as Treatibles, and they are made from hemp rather than the psychoactive version of cannabis. They are available in some dispensaries in legal and medical states, and certain places are even putting through bills designed especially to target medical marijuana for pets. Nevada currently has a bill in the works that would enable vets to give permission for pets to get access to the medicine, just like people in all medical states.
The company behind Treatibles is called Auntie Dolores, and the CEO of that company is Julianna Carella. While she is proud of their products and has heard from some satisfied customers, she is still wary of promoting the product too much, as she is not completely sure about the science behind her work, and is worried that the FDA will come after her for having a dog cookie with unregulated claims “Honestly, we’re hands off with that because we’re not doctors and it’s not our place to prescribe it in that way,” she told Quartz.
Her fear is certainly not unfounded: one of the other companies that makes CBD dog treats, Canna Companion, received a letter in February that claimed their treat was an “unapproved new animal drug and your marketing of it violates the [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic] Act.”
While their company and many others are being targeted by the FDA for offering something up as medicine when there is no solid proof that it will work, it is clear that this is an area that can certainly use some more research. Hopefully, if cannabis is successfully rescheduled to the more accessible Schedule II classification by the pending federal bill, more will be discovered about medical cannabis for pets. To see if there have been any updates in this area, you can check in with MarijuanaMD and MarijuanaHealthTips regularly for more info.