Nothing feels more helpless than watching a family pet suffer. Arthritis, heart problems, even epilepsy, and cancer — all of the above can strike our beloved, furry friends.
But, did you know that there is a single natural plant extract that has proven to help with all of these conditions — and more — without any adverse side effects?
Dr. Edward regularly advises the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) for the pets that he treats.
"Our bodies, and the bodies of our pets, all use molecules that are similar to the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant…they modulate many critical bodily functions for us, and are especially important in regulating the immune system."
Dr. Edward has personally witnessed amazing recoveries from seemingly hopeless conditions. He attributes those recoveries to the use of CBD. Like one little Jack Russell, who was old and had congestive heart failure and fluid building up in his lungs. "He just didn’t want to go for walks anymore," Dr. Edward says. "He wasn't happy or lively."
After starting on a whole-plant cannabis extract, he wanted to go for walks again: "He was excited to go for walks, and quite long walks." But not only that, his heart murmur was significantly reduced, and they were able to take him off prescription medication — he didn't need them anymore.
"I simply can't explain the improved heart murmur," says Bassingthwaite. "They normally don't get better."
These fantastic results are possible because of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is a system of receptors throughout your brain, body, and immune system.
Plant-based cannabinoids — called phytocannabinoids — regulate the ECS in much the same way as the cannabinoids produced naturally by your own body, known as endocannabinoids.
Not only does every vertebrate animal on earth have an ECS, but every animal also produces its own endocannabinoids. However, the body's production of endocannabinoids can fluctuate based on environment, diet, exercise, age, or even just plain genetics. This is true of humans, and also of our pets.
And this explains why so many pet owners have been stunned by the results of giving CBD to their pets.
Dr. Edward tells us: "When you give your animals an extract containing CBD, it stimulates the ECS receptors found naturally throughout your pet's body, and this has the potential to have all manner of positive effects on them."
That's clinical science. But we don't have to wait for the results of fully-funded research on a natural plant and herbal extract.
The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association is actively urging veterinarians to educate themselves on the ECS and the benefits of CBD oil in order to join the debate on cannabis legalization.
They have documented several anecdotal, yet significant stories of near-miraculous recoveries.
Like a 12-year-old Black Labrador Retriever mix dog named Miles, who had developed a splenic tumor that eventually metastasized to his liver and lungs. He was given two months to live, and a prescription for the pain.
But, Miles' owner didn't like the way pain medication affected her pet. "Every time we gave it to him, he would just sleep; he wouldn't even move. He'd just lay there like he was dead," said Denise, who asked that her real name not be used.
A friend suggested that she try giving Miles some cannabis extract from a dispensary.
Though initially hesitant about giving her pet an unapproved drug, Denise figured — where's the harm? “Miles has terminal cancer and would pass soon,” she reasoned. "I wasn't that worried. I was actually pretty excited, because it has been used with human cancer patients for pain and nausea," Denise said.
Within an hour after she gave Miles the tincture, the dog's appetite returned, and he was no longer vomiting. "It couldn't have been a coincidence," Denise said.
"The other great thing is that in the last couple of weeks, Miles has been going to the beach, he's been running, he's being himself," she continued. "If Miles was on the pain medication prescribed to him, he'd be in bed, and he wouldn't be enjoying anything or eating anything, and he'd probably be dead. I'm just really grateful we found this."
Then, you have the reluctant activists, such as Dr. Douglas Kramer. He had heard numerous stories from his clients but didn't think much of CBD's potential to help animals until his pet Siberian Husky developed terminal cancer.
"Nikita was wasting away, and she'd stopped eating," he recalled. "I'd exhausted every available pharmaceutical pain option, even steroids. At that point, it was a quality of life issue, and I felt like I'd try anything to ease her suffering." Dr. Kramer began feeding Nikita a small amount of marijuana. The dog's appetite returned, and she appeared more comfortable during her final months.
(The original account of these stories can be found on the website of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.)
It is unfortunate that sometimes it takes a tragedy to change the minds and hearts of many. However, it is great to see more and more veterinarians, such as Dr. Kramer, openly supporting the use of cannabis for pets.
In many states, veterinarians are legally prevented from giving pet owners advice or recommendations regarding the use of medical cannabis. Depending on their state rules, vets may even risk losing their licenses if they mention it as an option.
That leaves it up to you, the pet owner, to educate and inform yourself. As with all things regarding cannabis, when it comes to medicating pets, our laws have not yet caught up with the science or the evidence.
Simply by reading this article and sharing this information with one or two friends, you are helping to open the door for a shift in culture. Doing so may also help free up vets around the country to recommend the most suitable treatment for their clients, not just the most well-funded and therefore well-researched.
You see, there is no significant industry behind cannabis the way there is behind pharmaceuticals. Cannabis is a natural plant that cannot be patented or owned (although that didn't stop the US government from filing a patent on "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants").
There are large and well-funded forces working to keep all forms of cannabis illegal. As you can see, this plant offers natural solutions to a myriad of ailments; all without adverse side-effects. That makes it a considerable threat to the profit margins of many pharmaceutical and proprietary medicines and treatments.
Because you value the health and wellness of your pet, continue educating yourself on CBD and other natural remedies. Speak openly about what you discover. Who knows, you might just help shift our culture and our laws toward putting people and pets before profit.