Thanks to the success of medical cannabis in humans, pet owners are becoming more interested how medical cannabis can improve the quality of life for their furry family members.

The extension from human to pets may be influenced by cannabis legalisation, but many medications for dogs and cats are also given to humans. Substances like muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety medications, steroids and opioid painkillers are all administered to pets, but in smaller doses. Logic dictates that a medicine that would help treat arthritis in a human would also treat it in another mammal, but there are some differences.

When it comes to cannabis, dogs are more susceptible to the effects of THC than humans. Research shows that dogs have a higher amount of CB1 receptors throughout their brains. Even if a dog weighed as much as a human, THC would ultimately have a stronger effect on a canine than a human thanks to these receptors. Because of this, it is recommended that any cannabis treatment for a pet be significantly higher in cannabidiol (CBD) rather than THC. In cats, THC also exhibits the same relaxing and sedative qualities, but about 25 percent of cats showed increased agitation and restlessness.

While cannabis may have a stronger effect in pets, the ailments that cannabis seems to help in humans is also true in dogs. Epilepsy, chronic pain, inflammation, gastrointestinal issues, cancer and arthritis have been treated with cannabis in people as well as dogs and cats. While much of the evidence supporting this is anecdotal, veterinarians are starting to take notice.

Source: June 21 – MassRoots.com

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