Pot for your pets: Is it legal and does it help?


WE FOUND OWNERS NOT ONLY GIVE THEIR ANIMALS MARIJUANA, THERE ARE EVEN COMPANIES MAKING MARIJUANA TREATS JUST FOR PETS. KCRA THREE INVESTIGATES KEVIN OLIVER FIND OUT IF IT IS WE FOUND OWNERS NOTEFFECTIVE AND IF IT IS LEGAL. KEVIN: CHRISTINE CHADWICK IS GIVING HER KITTEN A DOSE OF CONCENTRATED MARIJUANA, A FEW DROPS EVERY DAY FROM A TINY JAR OF OIL A FAMILY PICKED UP FROM A MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY. THE KITCHEN WAS ONLY A FEW MONTHS OLD WHEN IT STARTED HAVING DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS, LOSING WEIGHT, AND BARELY MOVING.>>NOTHING CAME BACK POSITIVE. SWITCHED HIS FOOD. HE WAS STILL HAVING ISSUES. JUST DID NOT FEEL GOOD, SO CAME UPON THE CBD OIL AND GAVE IT A TRY. KEVIN: THAT IS ONE OF THE PRODUCTS BEING SOLD IN MARIJUANA AND THREES. IT CONTAINS CBD, SHORT FOR KENNEDY ALL — AN EXTRACT FOR MARIJUANA PLANTS. PEOPLE SAY IT COULD HELP 20 MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND THE CHADWICKS SAY IT HELPS THEIR KITTEN.>>HE GOT COMFORTABLE, HE WENT TO SLEEP. HE WAS EATING, HE HAS GAINED WEIGHT. HE HAS GROWN>>. I KNOW THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF SUCCESS IN CHILDREN, SO THAT IS WHY I THOUGHT ABOUT IT WITH HIM. KEVIN: CHELSEA BARTLEY THOUGHT IT MIGHT HELP HER BOXER WITH HIS VIOLENT SEIZURES. THE OILS ONLY CONTAIN MINUTE AMOUNTS OF THC, THE PSYCHO TOPIC — THE PSYCHOTROPIC CHEMICAL THAT GIVES MARIJUANA THE HIGH, SO ANIMALS RARELY LOOK TIPSY.>>IT DOESN’T GET HIM HIGH. HIS SEIZURES HAVE GOTTEN A LOT BETTER. HE DOES NOT LOSE BLADDER CONTROL AS MUCH. I WOULDN’T, HIS SEIZURES HAVEN’T GONE AWAY, BUT HIS PERSONALITY , IT IS NIGHT AND DAY. KEVIN: THE DR. GARY RICHTER IS A VETERINARIAN FROM OAKLAND.>>PAIN CONTROL, ANTI- INFLAMMATORY GASTROINTESTINAL , UPSET, STRESS AND ANXIETY, ALL THE SAME THINGS THAT PEOPLE TAKE MEDICAL CANNABIS FOR, PETS CAN ALSO BENEFIT. KEVIN: BUT RICHTER AND ALL OTHER VETS IN CALIFORNIA ARE FORBIDDEN FROM PRESCRIBING CANNABIS. THEY AREN’T EVEN SUPPOSED TO BRING UP CANNABIS WITH PET OWNERS AND IF OWNERS ASK HE SA HE HAS TO BE CAREFUL HOW TO ANSWER.>>IT’S A BIT OF A TRICKY SITUATION FROM A LEGAL STANDPOINT. I THINK IT’S INARGUABLE THE MEDICAL BENEFITS THAT ARE OUT THERE. I MEAN THE MEDICAL LITERATURE IS , EXTENSIVE. BUT THERE REALLY IS NO LEGAL MECHANISM BY WHICH VETERINARIAN CAN CAN QUOTE “PRESCRIBE OR RECOMMEND” MEDICAL CANNABIS FOR PETS. KEVIN: WHILE CALIFORNIANS VOTED TO MAKE RECREATIONAL USE LEGAL, THE VETERINARAIAN MEDICAL BOARD WARNED ANIMAL DOCTORS VETERINARIANS ARE IN VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA LAW IF THEY ARE INCORPORATING CANNABIS INTO THEIR PRACTICES. THE BOARD SAYS THAT’S BECAUSE , UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IT’S STILL ILLEGAL TO POSSESS OR DISTRIBUTE THE DRUG. AND, BECAUSE THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMININSTRATION HAS NOT APPROVED THE PRODUCTS FOR TREATMENT OR PREVENTION OF ANY DISESASES. AT U.C. DAVIS, THE TOP VETERINARY SCHOOL IN THE WORLD, DR. KARL GANDREY SAYS PETS ARE — THERE IS NOT ANY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW CANNABANOIDS AFFECT PETS.>>THEY PROBABLY WILL HELP A LITTLE BIT, BUT WE DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT, BECAUSE I WORRY THAT WE MIGHT BE SPENDING MONEY FOR AN INDICATION AND A TREATMENT THAT ACTUALLY IS NOT PROVEN. BECAUSE WE ACTUALLY DON’T KNOW YET IF THE VETERINARY PRODUCTS OR THE EDIBLE PRODUCTS ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO DO THE JOB THAT THEY CLAIM TO DO. KEVIN: DR. GANDREY BELIEVES THE PRODUCTS ARE SAFE BASED ON ANECDOTAL STORIES, BUT HE SAID THE ITEMS HAVE TO GO THROUGH STRICT CLINICAL TRIALS BEFORE THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY SIGNS OFF ON THEM.>>THEY’RE GOING TO BE MOSTLY PURCHASED AND USED WITH PASSION AND HOPE AS OPPOSED TO WITH SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE KEVIN: ALL OF THIS HAS LEFT PET OWNERS IN A QUANDARY.>>IF THE VETERINARY COMMUNITY IS NOT GOING TO BE THE ONE TO BE TO TALK TO THESE PEOPLE ABOUT IT WHO IS? ,KEVIN: STAFF MEMBERS AT MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES HAVE BEEN TELLING THEIR CLIENTS FOR YEARS WHAT THEY THINK WORKS BEST FOR ANIMALS LONG BEFORE PET PRODUCTS WERE INTRODUCED. RICHTER SAYS THE BOARD’S POLICY IS FORCING PET OWNERS TO GET THEIR INFORMATION FROM THE DISPENSARY RATHER THAN THE DOCTORS.>>MANY OF THESE PRODUCTS THAT ARE MADE FOR PEOPLE THEY ARE VERY, VERY POTENT THEY’RE HIGHLY CONCENTRATED, AND THEY’RE NOT ALWAYS ADEQUATELY LABELED TO THE EXTENT TO WHERE ONE COULD FIGURE OUT AN APPROPRIATE DOSAGE FOR AN ANIMAL AS SMALL AS A DOG OR A CAT, AND I HAVE SEEN AS AS RECENTLY AS JUST THIS PAST WEEK. KEVIN: DESPITE THE VET BOARD’S WARNINGS, MORE PRODUCTS ARE ENTERING THE MARKETLACE AND DISPENSARY MANAGERS SAY IT’S HARD TO KEEP THEIR SHELVES STOCKED.>>NOBODY TOLD US ABOUT IT. KEVIN: CHRISTINE AND CHELSEA SAID THEY TOOK A CHANCE.>>WE SPENT HUNDRED OF DOLLARS FOR SOMETHING THAT DID NOT WORK, AND WE GOT A CHEAP CBD BOTTLE AND THAT WORKS GREAT. I WISH WE COULD GIVE IT TO HIM TWICE A DAY, OF BUT IT IS JUST EXPENSIVE.

3 thoughts on “Pot for your pets: Is it legal and does it help?

  1. Big Pharma has way too much control in our regulatory agencies… This story illustrates the sad reality very well.
    Herbal remedies, "that grow on trees", are Big Pharmas worst fears.

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