Tonawanda News —
Given that medical marijuana for pets is not currently legal, partly due to insufficient data, there are no published effects of the drug. The Pet Poison Helpline has received many calls about marijuana exposure in pets. Most of the calls dealt with dogs. Symptoms included things that you could also find in people. Dogs were seen to be dazed, generalized weakness, incoordination and vomiting. Less common effects were dribbling of urine, becoming agitated, hyperactive, and changes in heart rate and body temperatures.
“Marijuana may help with pain relief, appetite stimulation, inflammation and more,” Brutlag said. “Some veterinarians may recommend it in very ill dogs to help them just ‘feel better.’ However, we currently have many other medications which can also help with these same problems.”
Jessica LeRoux, owner of Twirling Hippy Confections, a Colorado-based licensed manufacturer of cannabis-infused gourmet snacks for humans, said she experienced firsthand the positive effects pot can have on canines. While the company doesn’t make these products for pets commercially she has experimented on her own service dog that became weak in the legs and had difficulty walking, going up stairs and into the car as he aged. LeRoux says that the cannabis maximized his mobility and comfort.
LeRoux said she is neither a veterinarian nor a biologist, but has many years of using medical marijuana to help human patients. She has been baking medicated cheesecakes, among other specialties, for hospice patients since 1993 and for her own dogs since 2001.
She believes that dogs, like humans, are born with an endocannabinoid system which operates with the same chemicals found in the THC molecule to promote health and wellbeing. She has also seen favorable responses in pets that had a fear of thunder and lightning, separation anxiety or pain due to stitches or broken bones that received a small dose of medical cannabis. LeRoux does emphasize keeping activated charcoal pills on hand for potential overdoses of cannabis medicines or other toxic substances.