This Exists: Medical Marijuana for Pets

One veterinarian says it's high time pets started using marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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Just as proponents of medical marijuana argue that the drug’s active ingredient THC  (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) helps alleviate chronic pain, reduce nausea and stimulate the appetites of terminally-ill human patients, California veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer recently argued that the drug can have the same therapeutic effect on sick pets — especially at the end of their lives.

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Kramer got the idea from a patient who inquired about obtaining medical marijuana for her pet when steroids and other pain medications stopped doing the trick, according to a recent interview with Vice. Similarly, he claims the drug alleviated his cancer-stricken Husky dog Nikita’s chronic pain and stimulated its appetite. “At the first dosage, she was up and around,” he told Vice. “I didn’t cure her. It was just a question of increasing her quality of life and putting off inevitably euthanizing her.”

Kramer also claims THC can help stimulate cats’ appetites, and he told Mother Jones that people have used cannabis to help manage their pets’ inflammation from arthritis. One woman even gave her horse “cannabis-infused butter” to ease the painful swelling he developed from a foot disease called laminitis, Mother Jones reports.

His guide to concocting these home remedies for pets in the form of herbal glycerin tinctures is available for purchase on his website Vet Guru; the sweetness of the glycerin is supposed to make the solution palatable for the animals.

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) supports this kind of treatment as long as the drug is indeed used for medical purposes and does not exploit its entertainment value. As PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told ABC News:

“Our position is that anything that can help animals – if it’s truly, properly administered in the right amount [and] can relieve a dog’s pain – then they should be given the same consideration that humans in pain are given…People amuse themselves by blowing smoke in a dog’s face to get him high or getting the cat drunk, and so, you know, that’s something that one has to guard against.”

Last week, Maryland became the 19th state — in addition to the District of Columbia — to enact a medical marijuana law.

MORE: 187,000 Lb. of Marijuana Annually? Legal Pot Business to Bloom in Washington

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Dr.Myles
Dr.Myles

My cat has diabetes, and bad atrophy in his back legs. I get him stoned and his limp goes away almost instantly for the day. Not to mention that his appetite balances out as well as glucose from stress .etc I was told he would not live another year..This was four years ago. Has the pot helped, him live longer? Maybe. Has it made his life a lot more happy and painless? Certainly.

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CharlesEdsonRogersJr.

I treat my Jack Russell with cannabis infused butter for her pain and skin cancer issues and she is more mobile and in less pain now more than ever.I used an 1/8th ounce of med quality cannabis and decarbed it at 180 degrees in a stick of butter and give her a thimble full every meal.She is doing 100% better.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

But the big pharmacies will lose out .

aliberaldoseofskepticism
aliberaldoseofskepticism

You do realize, of course, that Big Pharma could sell you marijuana if they could find a reason to do so and the government approve it, right?

The major legal difference between mainstream medicine and alternative medicine is regulation. Mainstream medicine is regulated by the FDA. Alternative medicine...isn't. Any FDA attempt to regulate alternative medicine has led to Congress passing laws saying the FDA can't, such as the execrable Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, hereafter referred to simply as DSHEA. DSHEA made it so the FDA couldn't regulate dietary supplements. And defined dietary supplement as any vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, amino acid, or metabolite thereof. In other words, pretty much everything.

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Duncan20903

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Did you know that there are around 1.5 million emergency room visits every year because of patients suffering from FDA approved adverse effects? No, I'm not talking about people trying to get high, I'm talking about people who took FDA approved medicines.