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Medical Marijuana Being Used for Sick and Elderly Dogs

Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 10:54 AM

The medical marijuana market is booming in America, and humans aren't the only beneficiaries. Dog owners with sick pets are turning to medical marijuana to treat their pets when traditional medicines fail.

Wendy Mansfield, the owner of Kali, a 15-year-old labrador mix, is part of the growing trend, says Quartz. A day before Kali was scheduled to be euthanized due to chronic pain, Mansfield gave her a marijuana cookie made specifically for dogs.

Within 20 minutes, Kali began showing signs her pain was easing. Mansfield, who lives in Fort Bragg, California, gave her a second cookie, then a third.

Kali stood, drank some water, and then went outside, something she hadn't been able to do recently without obviously hurting.

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"Never in my wildest dreams would I have anticipated this," Mansfield told Quartz. "It brought my dog back." Mansfield canceled the vet appointment.

Although legal marijuana is growing into a big business in the United States with sales projected at $10 billion by 2018, the market for pet products is a gray area due to a lack of guidelines and scientific studies.

Kali's cookies came from Auntie Delores, a California company that makes edible marijuana products called Treatibles. Treatibles are made from hemp, the stem of the cannabis plant instead of the leaves. Hemp contains little tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the chemical that produces a "high." In fact, it contains so little (0.3 percent) that it's legal to cross state lines. But hemp does contain cannabidiol, or CBD, a pain-reliever.

The laws, however, don't allow veterinarians to prescribe cannabis to pets. And companies like Auntie Dolores are hesitant to promote their products in fear of catching the eye of the Food and Drug Administration. "Honestly, we’re hands off with that because we’re not doctors and it’s not our place to prescribe it in that way," Auntie Dolores CEO Julianna Carella told Quartz.

Other companies that manufacture and advertise marijuana products for pets have received letters from the FDA accusing them of violating FDA guidelines.

Alison Ettel of San Francisco's TreatWell began using marijuana herself to treat complications of meningitis. She began making custom-made tinctures for pets after requests from pet owners. To try to avoid legal issues, the company doesn't advertise and requires vet records to confirm a pet's illness.

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"There’s always going to be risk involved," Ettel told Quartz. "To be honest, helping these pets and these people is much more important to me."

To read the entire Quartz article, go here.


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