Come October 17th, cannabis will be legal in Canada and citizens will be able to consume the drug recreationally without criminal penalties. As cannabis legalization draws near, veterinarians in the country have begun to explore the idea of administering the drug to pets.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, pot, weed, and other slang names, has been administered to people with different medical conditions for thousands of years. People who have cancer, the leading cause of death in Canada, have benefited from the drug. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, using marijuana relieves chemotherapy’s side effects.
Pets, too, experience health problems. Because many of us consider pets as a part of the family, we often do what we can to keep them safe and comfortable. This reason and the benefits of cannabis highlighted earlier may be why people started considering the use of cannabis on pets. Apart from a few experimentations, though, there’s still very little research on the subject. Is it safe for pets? How will it help them?
Cannabis for Canines
Like humans, dogs also possess endocannabinoid systems, so they can process cannabis. But, the amount and manner by which humans ingest weed can be toxic for dogs, so cannabis is turned into dog chews and oil.
More often, people use hemp instead of marijuana. These plants belong to the same species, and both contain CBD, which is an extract often used to treat anxiety and inflammation. Unlike the other compound found in cannabis called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD isn’t psychoactive.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association’s High Time for Cannabis Research, when CBD is administered to dogs, it can help manage the following:
- Anxiety and fear
- Appetite loss
- Mobility issues
- Cancer and tumours
- Skin issues
- Seizures and epilepsy
Cannabis Strains That Are Safe for Dogs
Dogs are more sensitive to THC than other mammals, including us humans. Cannabis strains that are low in THC are better for dogs like the following.
Cannatonic helps numb the body to relieve pain, which may be the top reason pet owners are interested in cannabis. Animals also often experience nausea and anxiety, which can be treated by Cannatonic.
Harlequin is another high CBD/low THC cannabis strain. It’s used to help in anxiety and stress, and relieve pain from chronic and acute conditions. It helps against inflammation, making it a potential answer to arthritis that is common in older dogs.
This strain is very high in CBD and contains very little traces of THC. Charlotte’s Web is especially effective for seizure disorders.
Sour tsunami contains 60 percent Sativa and 40 percent Indica strains. This mix is perfect for pain relief and reduction of muscle spasms.
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