With all the hubbub happening over legalization across Canada, it’s easy to get lost in the incredible variety of products which will be available to consumers as time goes on.
Although the diversity of these items at the beginning will seem limited, if the government truly wants to compete with the grey market it will need to release products which are of the same calibre and variety. That also includes options for pets.
To those of us not in the know, cannabis is no longer just for humans to use as a powerful medicine, it’s also excellent for other mammals. Compounds such as CBD are quite effective when used to treat anxiety, arthritis, pain management and a whole host of other conditions for our furry friends.“Cannabis can be very effective [for pets],” said Amber Richards, Co-Founder of Creating Brighter Days in an interview with Herbal Dispatch. “Generally speaking, most owners will seek out CBD for the same types of treatments that humans are looking for. Hip dysplasia is very common in older dogs. Things like arthritis, also inflammation, not just in the joints but in the body. CBD can be very helpful for treating these types of things.”
Richards added that CBD can also be applied to pets with nervous disorders and stress-related issues. “Animals that suffer from separation anxiety, general anxiety, animals that may have been attacked by another animal, giving them CBD on a daily basis can really help them to heal through that process.”
An added bonus to giving your pet CBD is that it can reduce the amount of pharmaceutical medications that an animal may be on to treat tougher conditions such as seizures. “There’s a video that went viral just recently. I believe it was a boxer, and this boxer was having a seizure. The owner had a CBD spray and he sprayed it into his face and within 30 seconds or less the animal just completely relaxed.”
Although products that contain THC for pets exist, Richards’ company strictly uses CBD for her line of pet foods and medicine. “We don’t work with THC at all. All of our products are just pure cannabidiol,” she said. “The reason for that is, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system, [but] cats and dogs specifically have more CB1 receptors in the brain. That means that they are highly sensitive to CBD and THC so the risk of THC toxicity is quite high if you’re not giving the appropriate dose.”
Having said that, Richards does believe there is a place for THC in pet treatments. “The veterinarians that we work with can’t prescribe [THC], but they will speak to their patients about THC when its an end of life scenario. But for daily use THC is not necessary for animals.”
Although most of the products available on the marketplace for pets are geared towards dogs, if cat-lovers out there want some for their felines, these items do exist. “We do have one product for cats, it is a dietary oil. Basically it is a blend of MCT, hemp seed oil, and pumpkin seed oil,” said Richards. “It’s a 30ml bottle with a 250mg concentration of CBD and there’s dosing instructions on the side. We’ve worked closely with veterinarians and other animal experts to create that.”
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Richards added that in the last few months they have received incredible testimonials from cat owners saying how well the product works for them. “Cats are really picky. It’s hard to make a product that they will eat because they don’t eat most things.”
Although these products are not yet licensed in Canada, Richards and her fellow animal-lovers are working with the powers that be to include this medicine in the legalization framework. “There is an association we are members of called the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine. They are working very hard right now to create a route for CBD to be accessible to pet owners across Canada. They are in talks with Health Canada about how that’s going to work.”
For now, until the government gets in gear, if your furry family member is in need of some much needed relief or you would simply like them to lead a happier, healthier life, these products are just a click away on Herbal Dispatch.
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