07.05.2017
culture

Give Your Pets CBD To Cure Their Anxiety

Marijuana-based treatments continue to help pets suffering from anxiety, and other ailments.

The Fourth of July is typically a holiday where family and friends celebrate with picnics, beach trips, and fireworks-watching parties. For most dogs, however, on Independence Day, man’s best friend can likely be found hiding under the bed.

Some dog owners are turning to cannabis oil, though, to help soothe the frayed nerves––a result of the flash and bang of firework displays––of their furry, four-legged friends. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the non-psychoactive component found in cannabis that people are turning to in increased frequency, as a stress and pain reliever, sans the psychoactive THC-induced high, normally associated with cannabis use.

Los Angeles-based veterinarian Tim Shu, experimented with different cannabis blends and CBD oil for the sake of his own dog, before launching VetCBD––a therapeutic oil with a CBD to THC ratio of 20:1.

Shu, as told to NPR, used VetCBD to cure his dog, Tye, of pain and other symptoms of arthritis, as well as a fear of fireworks. Marijuana has in the past, garnered a less than savory reputation in veterinary circles, according to Shu, because of numerous, usually headline-grabbing stories of dogs winding up in the ER after getting into their owners’ weed. 

Through trial and error, Shu managed to develop a precise dosage that he says will provide relief for dogs of all sizes.

“I can actually walk her outside during Fourth of July fireworks,” Shu said to NPR, in regard to Tye’s lessened anxiety, after using the oil. “For a lot of owners, it’s a night-and-day difference.”

Marijuana’s illicit federal status has resulted in very little formal research pertaining to animal CBD-use. Brennan McKenzie, a veterinarian and board member of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association, stresses the importance of yet-to-be conducted clinical trials in order to assess the benefits and risks of the oil, for animal.

“We have virtually no research in pets,” McKenzie said to NPR. “So we are guessing and extrapolating.”

McKenzie also points out that the market for cannabis-based veterinary products is unregulated, with no oversight. And despite said legal barriers and any conflicting opinions held in the veterinary world, with regard to CBD and other weed-based products, the industry continues to see major growth. 

 

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