Dog owners all over the world can probably attest to the cliché “man’s best friend” being an understatement when it comes to the love that they share with that special pooch. One of the furriest residents of the household isn’t just a four-legged, tail-waggin’, barkin’ buddy, but also an honored member of the family.

This is why, when dogs are hurting, sick, or injured, you want to do all you can to make sure they’re taken care of. The first step is considering all the options and understanding how they can be either detrimental or beneficial to your pet. And now, many are turning their attention toward medical cannabis as a viable means to help their ailing animals.

Infused treats?

Allowing your dog to get “stoned” by munching on a couple of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-packed brownies or blowing smoke in their face can be unpleasant to the pooch, or even potentially dangerous. Still, there may be hope for pets suffering from chronic pain, inflammation, or seizures with the help of treats infused with cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is just one of the many non-psychoactive cannabinoid compounds that have been proven to alleviate pain and the physical symptoms of inflammation, the root cause of most systemic disease. Now your dog can Eat to Treat, too!

In 2014 a San Francisco Bay-area edible manufacturer by the name of Auntie Dolores created their line of cannabis-infused dog biscuits. Dubbed Treatibles, the product contains only CBD, to avoid any potentially detrimental side effects that could come about from an animal ingesting too much THC. According to ABC News the product is sold online for $22 per bag of 40 treats. Treatibles each contain 1 milligram of CBD, the recommended dose per 20 pounds of body weight.

Matthew J. Cote is the brand manager at Auntie Dolores. He told ABC, “What we’ve seen is that some of these dogs respond very rapidly. One woman from Fort Bragg was ready to put down her dog due to how sick and in pain he was. But, the day before he was scheduled to go under, she administered our treats. And, just like that, the dog was up walking around and acting normally again.”

But even with success stories like that, and in other companies like Canna Companion, which focuses on CBD from hemp to make medibles for animals, the FDA is still making it more than challenging for manufacturers, families, and veterinarians to market existing products, find out what works, or even get a recommendation.

Health and happiness for all

What many are finding is a good old-fashioned brick wall blocking the path of progress when questions need answering. As cannabis is still designated a Schedule I drug by the FDA, many researchers are still left without means to really understand how the herb can improve the quality of life for sick pets, even in states where it’s legal. That’s right, your vet isn’t even allowed to make this natural medicine recommendation even if they’re knowledgeable enough to do so. This has left many pet owners medicating their own dogs and cats, or else investing bucks into the same Big Pharma products that have proven ineffective, with dire consequence in side effects.

According to Pet MD Narda Robinson, veterinarian and director of the Colorado State University Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine, made an excellent point on the importance of knowledge and understanding in this matter:

In my opinion, research into cannabis as it relates to veterinary medicine is vital for a number of reasons. While the anecdotal effects do sound intriguing and potentially beneficial, research will help us sort the actual effects of cannabis from those of placebo. Research would also allow us to more rigorously assess and document the adverse effects. Only then will we as veterinarians be able to weigh the risk/benefit ratio from a scientifically informed perspective.

Just goes to show: The more you know, the more you grow. Everyone is entitled to robust health and happiness, especially our furry friends! Hopefully, in time, cannabinoids will be viewed as less of a nuisance and more of a solution for the health of our families.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Garyn Angel

Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, maker of the botanical extractor he invented for infusing cannabis into foods. Firmly committed to needed legal reform, Angel was named to the exclusive CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need herbal therapy when traditional treatment options have failed.