Benefits of Cannabis for Pets
Love how cannabis makes you feel pain-free? Well, you may be able to help your pets relieve their day-to-day pain as well!
Whether a dog has cancer, seizures, or anxiety, cannabis oil can serve as an alternative medication to help treat symptoms. Here’s everything pet parents need to know about cannabis oil for dogs.
What Is Cannabis Oil?
Cannabis oil is liquid derived from the marijuana plant. There are many ways to extract oil from the plant, including CO2 extraction. Marijuana plants contain 80 different cannabinoids, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component) and CBD (cannabidiol, the medical component).
What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Oil for Dogs?
Cannabis oil can be used to treat seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, symptoms of cancer, and gastrointestinal issues, among other health conditions in dogs. Marijuana oil is perfect for pets because it’s easier to administer then treats that often times pets don’t like the taste of.
Unlike some traditional pain medicine for dogs, medical cannabis has no life-threatening side effects with proper dosage.
What Are the Potential Risks of Cannabis Oil for Pets?
Like any medications, overdosing can lead to potential risks for pets. During these episodes, a pet may not be able to stand or eat. If you suspect an overdose, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
Life-threatening risks for dogs from medical cannabis are “exceedingly rare”. Toxicity more often occurs when a pet has eaten a product that contains chocolate, coffee, or raisins. That said, ingestion of large amounts of marijuana has been fatal in a number of dogs, so preventing overdoses with medical cannabis is still extremely important. As with any medication, pet parents should consult their veterinarian first before treating their dog with cannabis oil.
How Is Cannabis Oil Administered to Dogs?
Though there are some topical treatments, cannabis oil is typically administered orally to dogs. It also can be used in conjunction with traditional medications and treatments. Emerging research suggests there can be “synergistic benefits” between marijuana and traditional medications.
But herein lies a problem. The research needed to determine the correct dosage for CBD oil in dogs simply hasn’t been done yet. And, to make matters worse, testing has shown that many CBD products contain little if any CBD. The best option available to pet parents at this time is to talk to a veterinarian who has experience with pets being treated with cannabis oil about proper dosage and reputable manufacturers.
Where Can Pet Owners Get Cannabis Oil for Their Dogs?
Pet parents who want to give their dog cannabis oil should speak to their veterinarian. From there, pet parents who have a medical marijuana card can visit a reputable dispensary and purchase the product that best meets their pet’s needs.
Pet parents who live in regions where medical marijuana is not available can also consider hemp products, which have lower doses of THC.
Overall, with marijuana oil for pets, it’s critical that you ask before you try on your dog. Your veterinarian will know your specific pet’s needs, and whether or not marijuana oil would benefit your pet.