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Sunridge Veterinary Clinic

Legalized Cannabis: What does it mean for our pets?

Can marijuana possibly be used to treat my dog's/cat's issue with (insert medical condition here)?

The legalization of recreational cannabis has many of our clients asking about the possible medicinal uses in pets. This increased interest by pet owners is somewhat alarming to the Veterinary community given the toxic effects cannabis and cannabis-based products can have on animals either through accidental consumption or inadvertent overdose by well-meaning but uninformed owners, trying to home remedy their pet. This is a question we've been hearing more frequently lately. The answer is simple and not simple because the answer is: we don't really know...

It is important to distinguish the difference between recreational and medicinal cannabis. 

RECREATIONAL: There are numerous types of recreational cannabis, each containing varying amounts of the chemical

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This psychoactive cannabinoid causes the euphoric high feeling that most recreational

users are looking for. Recreational cannabis contains a much higher amount of THC then its medicinal counterpart.

MEDICINAL: Cannabidiol (CBD), Plants with high concentrations of this chemical compound and small amounts of THC

do not produce the psychoactive effects but show great promise in treating numerous health conditions in humans,

including nausea, anxiety, seizures, and arthritis to name a few.

                           MEDICAL USES OF CBD FOR PETS