A friend with weed is a friend indeed– and man’s best friend is a friend in need, apparently. According to medicinal cannabis company Creso Pharma, marijuana is in fact good for dogs, and can be used to treat a range of conditions including anxiety, arthritis and diabetes.
The Australian-listed start-up company’s philosophy is somewhat simple: essentially, that pets deserve the same level of treatment and care as their human counterparts, and right now that treatment is very much shifting toward medical marijuana as a legitimate form of medicine.
“Our unique Cannabidiol -based nutraceutical products are developed specifically for companion animals, and are an alternative therapeutic option to a number of common medical conditions among pets that often remain poorly treated,” said Creso’s CEO and co-founder Dr Miri Halperin Wernli.
According to Creso’s website, this cannabidiol “may have anti-inflammatory effects, may stimulate and regulate appetite and may modulate anxiety… without psychoactive effects”– scientific longhand for saying that the weed makes the dogs feel better and gives them the munchies, without making them trip balls and think that everybody’s laughing at them. These effects were observed through a combination of pre-clinical studies on rats and anecdotal evidence– scientific longhand for saying: “we got some rats and dogs blazed and it seemed like they kinda liked it you guys.”
And why shouldn’t they? Dogs are pretty much hairy little stoners anyway, what with their fondness for lounging, their insatiable, infantile curiosities and their enthusiasm for scoffing weird leftovers from the fridge.
However, while cannabis-based products such as these have proven positive and are even legalised for use on pets– assuming that a vet has prescribed them– it should be pointed out that a few cheeky cones with Coco in the garage doesn’t quite qualify as ‘medicinal.’
“We do know… that cannabis can be toxic and in some cases fatal for dogs,” says Dr Melanie Latter, veterinary affairs manager at the Australian Veterinary Association. “As with any new drug, there should be controlled clinical trials to establish any definite therapeutic benefits and safe dose rates before its use can be recommended.”
Which is scientific longhand for stop blowing bud smoke in your dog’s unsuspecting face this is not what we meant by therapeutic benefits.
Creso Pharma announced on Wednesday that it had received European Health Union registration for two of its pet-friendly cannabidiol-based products. The company is hoping to see the drug being used by Australian vets in the near future.
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