Almost all classes of vertebrates (including humans and pets) have an endocannabinoid system, which is composed of CB1 and CB2 receptors and also produces endocannabinoids from within the body. When receptors in animals detect the presence of cannabinoids (from cannabis) in the body, they react in much the same way as they do in the case of humans.
There are no guarantees that all pets will respond beneficially to medical cannabis. However, due to the presence of a similar ECS, it is believed that targeted cannabinoid therapy could provide similar benefits in dogs, cats, horses and other animals. While definitive scientific data is scarce, there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence suggesting that cannabis oils can benefit pets suffering from wide-ranging health challenges.
Psychoactive THC can be very dangerous to cats and even lethal to dogs in extremely high doses. However, it can be used with caution in animals suffering from terminal illness and serious conditions. Other potential benefits of cannabinoids include anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, appetite stimulation and many more.
CBD, CBG and THCA offer great therapeutic potential without psychoactive effects. CBD has proven effective to be effective at treating arthritis. It can also effectively treat pain, especially neuropathic pain, as well as help to control seizures.
Read our in-depth article on Pets for more information.
Please contact us to begin your medical cannabis journey with specific dosing advice. As each person’s biochemistry, tolerance level and condition at hand are entirely unique, any advice that we give needs to be considerate and appropriate.
Our clients have consistently chosen MCDSA-endorsed cannabis oil over conventional medicines that have let them down. We only advocate highly-concentrated medical-grade products, derived from marijuana plant flowers, which are far superior to over-the-counter, hemp-derived supplements.
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Always speak to your veterinarian when considering cannabis as a treatment aid. Take great care to safely store products and not expose pets unintentionally.
Before starting any cannabis-based treatment, it is important to know that psychoactive THC can have a more potent effect on animals than humans. This is why pet treatment usually makes use of non-psychoactive compounds like CBD. Depending on the unique situation, it may be appropriate to substitute THC with non-psychoactive THCA.
However, if products are used cautiously, it may be possible to limit the psychoactive effect. Should you feel uncomfortable or have any questions at any time, our trained team of staff are on standby to attend to your concerns.
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