New battlefront in legalized marijuana: dogs

In states where marijuana has been legalized, the debate is moving on to a new arena of dispute on its benefits: dogs.

The Boston Globe says vets are seeing more cases of people giving their dogs marijuana to treat what ails them.

The vets are concerned that there’s little to no research on the effects of marijuana on their system. But the pet market is the fastest-growing part of the cannabidiol (CBD) industry.

It works miracles, according to the humans whose dogs have shaken off the ills of aging. The Globe described a pug who couldn’t move a hind leg until getting a dose, for example.

It’s put vets in a tough spot. Under Massachusetts law, they could be punished if they recommended marijuana for a pet and something bad happened.

“It’s a Wild West,” said Susan Curtis, the executive director of the state’s veterinary medical association. “There’s not a lot of science behind it. That’s what we’re up against right now.”

At a cannabis convention last week, one “nutrionist” on a panel told her audience, “If your dog is acting happier, moving, happy to go for a walk for a change, it doesn’t matter what a vet thinks.”

Meanwhile, one clinic reports they get about one case a day of a stoned dog.

  • JeffF

    There is a significant difference between CBD and products that contain THC, the component in marijuana that produces a high. “CBD is 100% non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t negatively impact your mind or mental processes. In other words, CBD does not get you high or stoned.”

    CBD is now being sold at Walgreens. THC is not.

    Giving an innocent animal any type of drug such as alcohol, caffeine, THC marijuana, etc. is simply animal abuse/cruelty and should be prosecuted as such.

    • Kassie

      People give THC to their children in hopes of making them better, what is the difference between that and giving it to a pet? If my pet had regular seizures, I would try THC + CBD to see if they had some relief. If it didn’t work, I’d stop, but I don’t think someone trying to help their pet shouldn’t be illegal (aside from the illegality of cannabis currently in MN).

      • KTN

        The cannabis (known under the strain name of Charlots Web) given to children is very very low THC content – which is one of the reasons it’s effective in curbing seizures.

        Walk into a dispensary in Colorado, or any of the states with legal weed, and you encounter an arms race to see how high the THC content can be.
        I know how to dose an edible for my weight. I wouldn’t have the fainest idea how to dose my cat – and therein lies the rub.

  • MrE85

    Count be as a skeptic in the medical uses of marijuana and its derivatives (I speak only for myself, not for any medical organization I work for now or in the past). That said, if I believed that it improve the life of a beloved pet, and my vet was on board, sure I would.

  • Rob

    Might be a good time to invest in Milk Bone stocks – when they start adding CBD to the doggo snacks, sales and stock values are bound to go higher. : )

  • Run6795

    I use CBD oil to reduce nerve pain associated with nerve tumors I get. It’s been the only successful treatment I’ve found that doesn’t have negative mental side effects on me. From my experience, my in-laws decided to use it with their elderly dog and it has improved his overall activity level/movement. The administration of CBD to a pet is slightly interesting though, as there is some impact on mood/mental state, but it is so minimal that I personally have no qualms.

  • JamieHX

    I’m curious about if “racially-charged” was a direct quote of something AP wrote cuz AP Style says not to use a hyphen after an -ly adverb.

  • Jeffery Gauss

    And what happens if one of these dogs get on a skate board or behind the wheel of a car?! Many pets enjoy real cannabis!

  • massvocals

    MassVocals agrees CBD and THC for dogs is better medication like wise what good for daddy is good for his dogs and it should be marketed as such for dogs and cats