I was recently reading an article in the New York Times titled “Pets on Pot: The Newest Customer Base for Marijuana.” I always try to keep abreast of current trends in veterinary medicine, so I read further. I was skeptical, but want to always stay on top of treatment options.
The article revealed that while most states have NOT legalized marijuana for medical use, many states that have legalized its use (such as California) are applying the drug via edible oils to treat various medical symptoms in their pets. For example, the author discussed a 12 year- old cat that was treated with marijuana for arthritis. A medical card was used to obtain the pot oil.
Cannabis oil has also been used to treat seizures, swelling, pain, and anxiety. It is important to note, however, that the FDA has NOT yet approved the use of cannabis for pets. Limitations in research indicate that further study is needed.
I will comment further as research is presented. In the meanwhile, I will opt to use traditional treatments that I know are successful.