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Can cannabis consumption help my pet? (Hint, the answer is yes)

Are you using cannabis to relieve your aches and pains? Just love how cannabis makes you feel? Well, if you’ve been wondering, and we know you have, cannabis may be able to help your pets relieve their day-to-day pain as well!

Cannabis oil has been known to help pets relieve pain that they’re experiencing. No matter whether the pain is from cancer, seizures, anxiety, or several other common pet ailments, cannabis oil can serve as an alternative medication to help treat pain.

What Is Cannabis Oil?

Cannabis oil is a liquid that is extracted from the marijuana plant itself.

How can it benefit my pet?

As mentioned above, cannabis oil can be used to treat:

  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Symptoms of Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Issues

And because cannabis oil is easy to administer, animals tend to love the taste, it’s perfect for use on pets. Plus, unlike traditional pain medicine for dogs, or for people for that matter, cannabis has no life-threatening side effects with proper dosage.

Are there potential risks when using cannabis to treat my pet’s pain?

Like all medications, it’s all about dosage. Overdosing your pet with cannabis oil can lead to a whole host or problems (none of which are as bad as overdosing them with traditional synthetic medication). For example, too much cannabis can lead to your pet not being able to stand or eat. However, there aren’t many life-threatening risks for pets using medical cannabis.  Of course, as with any medication, it’s important that you consult your veterinarian first before treating your dog with cannabis oil.

What’s the easiest way to dose my pet with cannabis oil?

Topical treatments are easiest, but unfortunately, they aren’t suitable in every case. Typically, cannabis oil is administered orally to animals. The best option for someone looking to dose their pet with a cannabis product is to talk with their veterinarian, as well as a cannabis expert. Getting both opinions will help you understand both sides of the coin and will lead to you making the best decision for your pet.

Where Can Pet Owners Get Cannabis Oil for Their Dogs?

Again, speak with your veterinarian. Some cannabis products are available off the shelf for pets, while others you’ll have to do more research to find. Once you’ve talked with your vet, you can investigate getting yourself a medical marijuana card or find a dispensary that has cannabis products for animals.

If you’re uncomfortable giving your pet cannabis, you can also try hemp. However, that has much lower levels of THC, which means potentially less pain relief. Overall, with marijuana oil for pets, it’s critical that you ask before you try on your animal. Your veterinarian will know your specific pet’s needs, and whether or not marijuana oil would benefit your pet.


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