Broad spectrum CBD for dogs
As for humans, cannabis can be an essential and effective medical treatment in a number of areas also for animals, with an emphasis on pets like dogs and cats. Although the plant itself is illegal and so is its psychoactive component (THC), animal treatment using CBD oil has become a well-known phenomenon in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia in the past year. This is how CBD products help with animal care:
Raising a pet is considered by many to be one of the greatest pleasures in life, but at the same time supporting them throughout poor health conditions and especially towards the end of their lives can be an unbearable experience. As those responsible for their health, we will always want to make sure that the medical treatments we provide to our four-legged friends are effective, correct and most importantly meet their needs in the best way.
Given that animals do not have the ability to express to us how they feel verbally, we have no choice but to make the decisions for them regarding the medical assistance they need, mainly based on professional veterinary advice, thorough self-research and recommendations from people who also raise pets.
Currently, there is still no country in the world that allows veterinarians to prescribe cannabis as a medicine or even recommend cannabis as a pet treatment, mainly due to its problematic federal status as a dangerous drug. However, in the last year, the treatment of animals with oil and CBD products has become a common phenomenon in many countries in the US, UK and Australia, where CBD is legal and separate from the cannabis plant and its definition as a dangerous drug
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How does broad spectrum CBD for dogs help pets?
In the body of mammalian animals, including most common types of pets, there is a neural receptor system that is fundamentally similar to the endocannabinoid system that exists in the human body.
This system regulates the hormonal control in the body and mind of the animals in a similar way to what we do, so it means that the same effects that cannabis has on us, including many medicinal properties, are partially or fully valid for animals.
There is evidence that cannabis was used by the ancient Greeks in the treatment of horses in a technique called “Berlin Hypatria”, which involves placing a mixture of herbs, including cannabis, on a horse’s wounds. There is a modern, and more “gray” version of treatment, called ‘Lame Away’, which is designed to treat arthritis and orthopedic problems in horses, in situations where traditional remedies and alternative therapies such as chiropractic have not been helpful.
11-year-old Manky - Recovered after cannabis treatment
When it comes to cannabis for animal treatment, it is currently only in the field of CBD treatment, this is because the effect of psychoactive cannabis on animals is not fully known and is considered not recommended and even slightly dangerous. Sometimes CBD products will also contain a small amount of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, but it is negligible in terms of effect.
Manky, Dr. Amanda Reiman’s 11-year-old dog who serves as head of the Association for Drug Policy and is a lecturer at the University of California, is one of the most famous furry cannabis patients. When she was diagnosed with colon cancer, the tumor was already at a very advanced stage and there was no possible medical solution, so the veterinarian who treated her believed that the possible solution was just to amuse her time until her imminent death.
Reiman, who herself treats medical cannabis and has heard about the possibility of using CBD oil for palliative care in elderly animals, decided on the advice of her veterinarian to try mixing some oil with the dog’s wet food, and was amazed at the difference.
“Mankyy started behaving like a young puppy again, and went back to eating and playing. She slept and groaned and acted like herself again, “she said in an interview with her.”
Like Manky, Hudson, Michael Passman’s 12-year-old dog, suffered severe pain from arthritis and a broken toe. Passman, for his part, did not want to give her painkillers because he claimed “they will just finish her off,” so he turned to the alternative solution he heard about in the dog owners’ forum.
One morning, Passman dripped a few drops of CBD oil on Hudson’s food, and to his delight she devoured it within seconds. Over time cannabis has become part of her daily routine, and Passman says that since she started consuming small amounts of CBD she is a much happier and healthier dog.
What do veterinarians say?
Dr. Lisa Moses, head of the board of the International Academy of Pain Veterinary Medicine, argues that medical cannabis use is an area with high potential for effective treatment of animals in the context of pain and even certain cancers, although she says it is still a product in the process of research and development.
At the same time, Moses adds that as long as cannabis (including hemp), which is currently the sole source of CBD production, is classified as a Category 1 dangerous drug, most veterinarians will find it difficult to legally recommend it for their patients. According to her, many veterinarians are even prevented from talking about the issue under the threat of losing their license.
Veterinarians on cannabis and animals: “Not enough research”
“Our hands are really tied,” said Ken Pawlowski, president of the California Veterinary Association. “We get quite a few questions from customers on the subject, but unfortunately we cannot provide them with answers legally.”
Some veterinarians interviewed by the US media to date claim that there is insufficient scientific data to prove that cannabis is indeed effective and safe for animal treatment, as the field of research on the subject is relatively small and limited under federal law. However, neither one nor two of them heard and even saw with their own eyes animals that received CBD treatment at their owners’ decision, and showed positive results of improvement in their condition.
Doug Kramer, a Los Angeles veterinarian, has taken a step further from general support, developing a special dog and cat extract which is a full spectrum CBD oil. The extract is sold in medical cannabis clinics and online stores and is intended to treat animals due to severe pain, inflammation and other medical conditions that suggest the end of life.
Despite the lack of scientific data or veterinary guidance, many pet owners are convinced that cannabis has improved their health and well-being, based on the change in mood and behavior. Even in cases where cannabis does not help cure the disease, many claim that it undoubtedly helps in relieving the pain and creating minimal suffering during the recovery period or towards death.
The new market: CBD products for dogs and cats
The more states approve cannabis use as a medical treatment for humans, the more pet owners give their furry friends cannabis-based extracts, ointments and snacks. These products, which contain mostly CBD only, are marketed to treat everything from arthritis and anxiety attacks to chronic diseases and cancer. In the last two years, a number of companies have been manufacturing these products in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, which today supply a very wide range of animal products.
These products are not regulated by law but are marketed through a legal loophole as “pet’s food supplements”, contain mostly CBD and are not intended to give animals a sense of “high”. They may contain little (or no) THC, but in a maximum amount that should not be felt.
“Most of the animals that come to us come after they have exhausted all the existing treatment methods, and none of them have helped.” Says Allison Attell, a company founder of CBD for dogs treats. “Cannabis is often used as a last resort, and often manages to treat symptoms that other conventional drugs have failed.”
Barbara Stein is one of CBD’s most avid customers. She said the cannabis solutions helped treat the anxiety attacks and digestive problems of a 13-year-old dog, as well as helped her other 10-year-old dog maintain her weight and stay in good shape while she was battling cancer.
“All I know is that none of the traditional medicine I got from the vet worked, but cannabis did.” Stein says.
In conclusion, even on the subject of cannabis and many hidden animals over the visible, at least from an accurate research point of view, but it can certainly be seen in the field that CBD treatment can greatly help improve the medical condition of dogs, cats and other animals. Until the law catches up with the gap that already exists, the treatment itself will probably have to be done in the US because these products cannot yet be ordered to other countries.