With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, dog food producers are wasting no time putting pot into their own products.
Cannabis compounds are now mixed into biscuits, edibles and capsules and marketed to the owners of ailing and elderly animals as natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory supplements. And they won’t get your pet stoned, their producers claim.
San Francisco bay area edibles manufacturer Auntie Dolores is one of the producers who decided to infuse their dog biscuits with cannabis, citing studies which have found that cannabidiol (CBD) can be used to treat epilepsy, inflammation and pain relief. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, dog food producers are wasting no time putting pot into their own products.
Matthew J. Cote, brand manager at Auntie Dolores, said:
The cannabis plant has many compounds in it. Most people breed cannabis for the euphoric experience of THC. But they’ve been overlooking cannabidiol — commonly known as CBD — which is non-psychoactive.
Auntie Dolores’ Treatibles are sold online for $22 per bag of 40 treats. They contain 1 milligram of CBD per treat. The manufacturer’s recommended dose is 1 milligram per 20-pound animal. Cote said:
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.
2. Cannabis compounds are now mixed into biscuits, edibles and capsules and marketed to the owners of ailing and elderly animals as natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory supplements.
Sultan, Washington-based Canna Companion — a producer of pet capsules that combine strains of dried, powdered hemp — cites similar success stories and testimonials received from their customers. One pet owner writes on the company’s Facebook page:
Just want to say how much this product has helped my animals. Bug, [my] 18-year-old cat, is playing, sleeping next to me at night, being curious and exploring… her back pain is nearly gone.
I can pet her all over and she purrs! She has NEVER, until being on hemp, enjoyed being petted.
Dr. Sarah Brandon, a licensed veterinarian and co-owner of Canna Companion, developed the product after a decade of trials on her own pets and strays.
However, that didn’t stop the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from sending Brandon a notice last month, warning that her capsules were an “unapproved new animal drug and your marketing of it violates the [Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic] Act”.
3. However, the FDA has warned that even in states where medical marijuana is now legal, veterinarians cannot prescribe cannabis-based products to pets.
Even in states where medical marijuana is now legal, veterinarians cannot prescribe cannabis-based products to pets. Part of the reason cited by the FDA is insufficient research on cannabis products for pets in the U.S.
Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, has seen many instances of animals consuming too much marijuana. She said:
We get quite a few marijuana calls at Poison Control. Cats like the plant material better, whereas dogs like to get into the edibles. Depending on how much they get into will determine how aggressive we need to be.
Most of the time they’re wobbly like they’re drunk, they dribble urine. But 25% of them become extremely agitated, which certainly is not something I would want to put my elderly pet through.
In fact, dogs that get into the really large amounts of THC, often need to be put on fluids and have their heart rate monitored.
Wismer does, however, see the potential for monitored consumption of such edibles in the future. She said:
Most of these treats have very low levels of CBD, so they are much safer [than when a cat or dog accidentally eats something of the human’s].
It looks like these certainly could be helpful products in some cases, but right now we don’t have enough information.
4. Vets warn of edible marijuana threat to dogs — an ABC News report.
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