The Science Behind Giving CBD and Cannabis to Cats and Dogs
A growing number of pet owners are using cannabis-derived products containing high doses of cannabidiol (CBD) and low or negligible doses of THC to alleviate pain, seizures, and other conditions. But what’s known about the science of cannabinoid medicine and pets?
Medical Marijuana in People and Pets: History, Controversy, and the Future
Brim, an attorney in Oakland, California, purchased an oil containing a 1:1 ratio of the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) from a local dispensary and began putting it in Bucky’s food. “I saw an immediate difference,” she reports. “He wasn’t running around like a puppy, but he was walking more easily and I could see that he was in less pain and had a little bit more energy.”
Brim is one of a growing number of pet owners who have turned to cannabis to treat their ailing pets. And despite the plant’s federal classification as a Schedule 1 drug, more and more veterinarians are also expressing interest, say advocates.