Pot-derived drug helping sick pets


TERRI: 12-YEAR-OLD RILEY THE PIT-BULL WASN’T WALKING AROUND LIKE THIS A MONTH AGO. IN FACT, DESPITE CHEMOTHERAPY, THE CANCER-RIDDEN DOG HAD HIS OWNERS EXTREMELY DOUBTFUL HE WAS GOING TO LAST MUCH LONGER.>>HE WAS HALF DEAD. HE DIDN’T WALK, HE WAS TRIPPING, HE WAS AFRAID TO JUMP ON THINGS, HE WASN’T EATING, HE WAS DEPRESSED. TERRI: BUT THEN THEIR VET TRIED SOMETHING NEW.>>HOW YOU FEELING STUD?>>HE’S DOING GOOD, HE’S DOING WONDERFUL SINCE THE CANNA PET. TERRI: CANNA PET. IT’S MADE FROM MARIJUANA. AND IN RILEY, IT’S MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.>>WE GAVE HIM THE CANNA PET , WITHIN THE NEXT DAY, HE’S UP, RUNNING AROUND, CHASING HIS+ BALL. HE WAS LIKE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT DOG. I SAID IT WAS LIKE A MIRACLE PILL. TERRI: ARE YOU ACTUALLY GIVING POT TO DOGS?>>NO, THIS ISN’T POT, IT’S A CANNABANOID DERIVATIVE OF HEMP. TERRI: DR. CHRIS LAPSLEY AT VILLAGE ANIMAL CLINIC HAS BEEN PRESCRIBING THIS VERSION OF WHAT’S KNOWN AS CBD FOR ONLY A FEW MONTHS.>>IT IS BECOMING MORE AND MOR ACCEPTED AND WIDESPREAD, ESPECIALLY AS THINGS ARE GOING ON THE HUMAN SIDE FOR TRUE MEDICAL MARIJUANA, WHICH THIS IS NOT. TERRI: CBD COMES FROM THE CONTAIN THC, WHICH IS THE INGREDIENT THAT MAKES USERS HIGH.>>NO, THERE’S GOING TO BE NO PINK FLOYD, NO STONER, NO MUNCHIES, NOTHING LIKE THAT, BUT HE MAY FEEL BETTER WITHIN 24 HOURS. TERRI: THERE’S NOT MUCH RESEARCH ON IT YET, BUT CBD SEEMS TO HELP ARTHRITIS, PAIN, ANXIETY, SKIN CONDITIONS, AND TO INCREASE APPETITE.>>YEAH, WE HAVE A COUPL AMAZING STORIES AND WE HAVE A COUPLE THIS DIDN’T DO ANYTHING STORIES. TERRI: BUT BECAUSE THERE’S BEEN SO LITTLE RESEARCH ON PRODUCTS MADE FROM MARIJUANA AND HEMP, SOME VETS ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT WHETHER CBD IS SAFE.>>WE DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION. RIGHT NOW THERE’S NOT SCIENTIF DATA TO PROVE TAHT IT’S HELPFUL, HARMFUL OR MAY MAKE NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL. TERRI: DR. SUSAN CARASTRO IS THE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA VETERINARIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. SHE SAYS BECAUSE THERE’S SO LITTLE RESEARCH, IT’S POSSIBLE TOO MUCH OF THE INGREDIENTS IN THESE PRODUCTS COULD BE TOXIC. THE FDA HAS NOT APPROVED ANY MARIJUANA-DERIVED PRODUCTS FOR USE IN ANIMALS. AND CARASTRO SAYS SHE WOULD LIKELY ONLY USE CBD AS A LAST RESORT IN A PET THAT HAD TERMINAL ILLNESS.>>OBVIOUSLY IF OWNERS WANT TO USE IT, AND IT’S THEIR OW CHOICE, JUST LIKE WE HAVE IN OWN HEALTHCARE, THEY’RE THEIR PETS, IF THEY CHOOSE TO TRY IT, IT’S ON THEM TO TRY IT. TERRI: A MONTH’S SUPPLY COSTS ABOUT $30 AND SOME PETS USING CBD, LIKE RILEY, MAY BE ABLE TO CUT DOWN OR ELIMINATE OTHER DRUGS THEY ARE ON, LIKE STEROIDS AND ANXIETY MEDICATION.>>THAT’S WHAT WE WERE HOPING FOR. TERRI: AND WERE YOU SURPRISED THIS WAS ALL FROM SOMETHING THAT COMES POT?>>YES. TERRI: BOTTOM LINE — THESE MARIJUANA-DERIVED PRODUCTS MIGHT BE GREAT FOR YOUR PET, BUT YOU NEED TO BE REALLY CAREFUL AND TALK IT OVER WITH YOUR

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