This blog is for my dog Gizmo, who is in the vet hospital suffering from an attack of Pancreatitis.
There are a number of cannabis infused dog treats and supplements, hitting the market currently, making claims that they can improve your dog's health. Here is some important information to consider. The 2 main ingredients used, in these products, are Delta9THC or Cannabidiol (CBC), they both have a purpose and a desired effect, and should be used correctly.
Delta9THC: is psychoactive and causes the euphoric feeling most associated with cannabis. Research on the effect of Delta9THC on dogs shows that it can cause side effects and even hurt your dog if used incorrectly. If too much is used and your dog ODs, he can become dazed and lethargic; and suffer breathing problems, low blood pressure, abnormal heart rate, lose balance, and become incontinent. Used correctly Delta9THC has an Entourage Effect that helps other cannabinoids work better (over 85), and it has antispasmodic properties that make it desirable for certain conditions.
Cannabidiol (CBD): in non-psychoactive and does not cause the high effects of THC. It is the key ingredient in cannabis, and combats seizures, psychosis, inflammation, neurodegeneration, cancer and tumors, anxiety and depression; and reduces nausea and vomiting. CBD is also able to reduce the psychoactive effect of THC.
The majority of cannabis pet products, on the market today, use CBD as their main ingredient. The one problem with that is their possible use of unregulated hemp, that may contain unknown levels of CBD and other cannabinoids. So make sure you choose products that have verified levels of CBDs and THC.
Another key fact to consider is the fact that cannabis testing is still in its infancy, and FDA has little testing on the full and long-term effects of cannabis treatments on animal. So be sure and contact your vet first, before putting your dog on any new medication. The Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA) has issued warning of pets consuming too much and having adverse reactions.
"Most of the time they’re wobbly like they’re drunk, they dribble urine," she said. "But 25% of them become extremely agitated, which certainly is not something I would want to put my elderly pet through. In fact, dogs that get into the really large amounts of THC, often need to be put on fluids and have their heart rate monitored." Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.