As a pet parent, you would do anything to help relieve your dog or cat’s suffering. Veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer learned this when Nikita, his Siberian husky, was battling cancer and whimpering with pain. According to this article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association. After being given medical marijuana, she experienced pain relief and her appetite returned. Nikita even began greeting him at the door again like she used to. Although Nikita eventually lost her battle with cancer, Dr. Kramer became a leading advocate of medical marijuana use in animals after crediting Nikita’s improved quality of life to cannabis.
Joy Kisselburg’s 14-year-old golden retriever, Buddy was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and she watched his energy levels plummet as he became depressed and lethargic. After discussing it with her veterinarian, she decided to try giving him a dropper-full of cannabidiol (CBD) tincture twice daily to see if it would help. CBD is one of over 85 active cannabinoids found in cannabis.Within weeks, Joy noticed that Buddy was back to playing ball and running down the beach near his San Diego, California home. Ms. Kisselburg still can’t believe the difference.
“He has more energy now at 16 than he did as a puppy,” She said about her experience using CBD tincture for Buddy’s condition.
How CBD Works in Pets
Research from the National Cancer Institute shows that “cannabinoids activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system.” By imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids. it is theorized that CBD may help inhibit cancerous tumor growth and reduce pain.All animals (except insects) have the same endocannabinoid system (ECS) that humans do, and the ECS has receptors in nearly every tissue. Which is the basis for trying CBD for discomfort in pets.