Cannabidiol Therapy for Pets

Marijuana may be legal in most parts of the world, but the situation wasn’t same many thousands of years ago as it was extensively used for medicinal purposes. Countries like Egypt, India, and China have reportedly used marijuana as much as 10,000 years ago for medicinal reasons, which the other parts of the world like the United States is catching up to now.

In 2015, marijuana became legal in over half of the entire United States to be sold to people who really need them. Conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress, neuropathic pain stand a great chance to benefit from medical marijuana as it has been known to provide some relief to the symptoms. This therapy includes the use of cannabidiol oil (CBD) that has recently become well-known for treating childhood epilepsy seizures.

Even though the topic of using marijuana remains quite taboo in many circles, the implications of using this herb for medical purposes on children and adults is being researched further. As a step of progress, both the United Kingdom and the United States have given the go-ahead to carry out clinical trials for cannabidiol treatments in children.

Even though marijuana-based treatments are being carried out for human use, there has been very little development on the effects of medical marijuana on dogs. A study conducted back in 1988 recognized that cannabidiol oil (CBD) provides a “high predictive index” and it works similarly to phenytoin and phenobarbital as anticonvulsant in canines.

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However, David Bourgouin, a pet owner from San Diego, CA says that use of CBD has significantly improved the health of his 11-year dog after it experienced an injury. He says that his trusty companion injured himself while trying to jump over a fence, causing a lemon sized cyst to develop between the dog’s chest and leg. This cyst caused a lot of pain to Reef (the dog) and limited his mobility by a great degree.

The vets said surgery to remove the cyst would cost him $ 6000, which is when David decided to try out alternate therapy. He further reported to NBC that he was familiar with the use of CBD and went on to a facility in Carlsbad to buy some for Reef. “Knowing the things I know about CBD, I decided this is what I need to do for him”, he further added. In this scenario, the dog experienced great results and is once again jump and play around without experiencing pain.

Amber Hopkins, a veterinary anesthesiologist, working at San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association Association said to NBC that the results were no surprise. “I think there is enough evidence available to show the potential of cannabinoids to benefit animals and for keeping control of things like pain management, epilepsy, and nausea”, she explained.

Even though this therapy may be showing promising signs, veterinarians still don’t have the legal authority to recommend the use of medical marijuana in any form under federal law. In 2014, a story was shared by CNBC that featured Kelly Conway and Georgia, a five-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who was diagnosed with syringomyelia. This neurological disease led to the formation of painful cysts in her dog’s spinal cord.

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When Georgia’s condition did not respond well to traditional medications, Kelly was forced to look for other treatment methods. In the process, she stumbled upon the use of CBD derived from pure industrial hemp and began to treat the Georgia with regular doses. Unsurprisingly, Conway reported to CNBC that the therapy involving CBD significantly improved her dog’s health and she couldn’t be happier.

“It’s been truly a miracle, and I can’t say that lightly. It seems as if I have a whole new dog. George is a relaxed and happy. She doesn’t have any pain. It’s amazing”, Kelly Conway reported to CNBC. This is not the only success story that can be related to CBD and pets because many other news sources reported positive signs with the use of cannabinoid.


In 2013, the Huffington Post reported similar favorable situations where cannabinoid therapy was able to alleviate symptoms of pain, muscle tension, and joint stiffness in dogs. While this treatment didn’t cure the disease is entirely, it certainly proves to be a welcome step in the right direction. Doug Kramer, a veterinarian, living in Los Angeles reported that his Siberian Husky also received the great benefits thanks to cannabis.

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 Doug treated his Siberian Husky using cannabis after surgery in order to remove cancerous tumors, which effectively relieve their pain and allowed to eat properly once again. He gives full credit to CBD therapy for letting his precious Husky live for six more weeks. This truly serves as an example of how pets are dear to their owners and to what extent they cherish the existence of their furry friends in their lives.

 While there are limited Indians who support the use of cannabidiol for treating pets, there is still not enough scientific research available to conclude the efficacy and safety of this treatment at this time. However, it does seem like a viable option that can yield good results in the future. All we have to do is focus on research efforts empirically while the success stories from around the world keep flowing in.

 The main problem arises from the fact that determining the perfect dose of CBD is a tough thing to do. And it is certainly not advised to begin dispensing to pets by someone who doesn’t have a thorough knowledge of cannabinoid therapy and experience in dealing with this substance. It is also important not to distribute medical marijuana meant for humans for the purpose of consumption by pets as it can lead to dangerous effects.

 Marijuana intended for humans can be harmful to pets as the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content may lead to the pets experiencing adverse side effects. Medical marijuana is ideal for most parts, except when it comes to using it for treating animals. Only the future and the turn of developments can say how far we can go to fully legalizing this herb for the benefits of humanity.


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