Features December 2015 Issue

Medical Marijuana for Dogs?

In recent years, medical marijuana use has grown exponentially in the United States: Some two dozen states now permit the use of cannabis for pain relief, and a handful of others allow its recreational use. Could the advent of pot for pets be far behind?

Several companies are already marketing cannabis-derived products for dogs, banking on the idea that marijuana’s pain-relieving qualities translate to dogs, too.

Treatibles (treatibles.com) contain 40 milligrams of cannabidiol, or CBD, as it’s called for short, which is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Another company founded by two veterinarians, Canna Companion (cannaforpets.com), uses a blend of hemp strains raised in Washington State; Seattle-based Canna-Pet (canna-pet.com) also uses industrial hemp in its biscuits and capsules. To be clear, these products are not made with actual medical-grade marijuana baked in, but rather use a variety of hemp strains that contain little to no THC, which is the compound that creates the marijuana “high.”

There are currently no double-blind studies providing the efficacy of marijuana-derived supplements in dogs, and there are no clear guidelines about safe therapeutic dosages. Veterinarians cannot legally prescribe marijuana for animals.

And this goes without saying, but you should never try to get your dog high.

Comments (5)

We used Canna Pet capsules for our 7 yr old Italian Greyhound with separation anxiety issues, had to take her off before a month was out because she became super paranoid of everything.

Posted by: Bowlnduo | January 23, 2017 8:32 AM    Report this comment

My 9yo American bulldog was just diagnosed with a brain tumor. He is a shell of what he used to be in personality. He walks in circles, and he can't drink on his own. He is not happy. I would do just about anything to help him and see him wag his tail again and drink from a bowl. We just started prednisone. My friend got me this cannabis oil (wax) and I've given it to him three times so far. I would love to know if anyone has treated cancer with it, what effects they saw and how long the effects took to be seen. I was told 1/4 tsp 3x daily. I did that for the first dose and he was totally stoned. It scared me. Not good. I tried it again at half the amount and he seemed ok. He got his 3rd dose this afternoon and seems a bit stoned again. I'm desperate. I'll keep him on the prednisone as well. Please let me know if you have any info. Is there any real science out there?

Posted by: dinar | May 17, 2016 4:39 PM    Report this comment

Actually your article forgot to mention Pet Releaf. We did detailed research of Pet Releaf and all 3 of the companies you mentioned above and Pet Releaf was the only company that did extensive 3rd party lab testing of their products to guarantee we would get the correct CBD dosage. We are using their oil with amazing results for our older mix breed with pretty severe arthritis. 1 of the companies you mention also got in serious trouble with the FDA and another is a marijuana company doing dog treats as a side hobby. Bottom line - CBD absolutely works way better than the opiates we used before without the seriously negative side effects. You just need to be sure you are actually getting the proper amounts of and proper source of CBD in the product.

Posted by: CoSteve | January 26, 2016 3:27 PM    Report this comment

There is potential for use with cancer and tumour management as marijuana can also shrink tumours and the oil help with cancer.

Posted by: Doxieluver | December 30, 2015 1:54 PM    Report this comment

If I knew that this would help my dogs with their anxiety issues and if they were hurt and in pain, I would give my dogs medicinal pot. We give them other people drugs like amoxicillian, prozac, pepto, that's just a few, there a couple dozen more. I was shocked when my Vet prescribed the same medication for one of my dogs for pain and muscle relaxer and it was the same one as my husband was taking, but his was only 2/3rs. the cost. So I think if this was proven not to hurt them in anyway that it would be any different than prescribed medicine.

Posted by: azdreamcatcher | December 15, 2015 3:15 AM    Report this comment

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