“What’s the deal with the marijuana trend?” We have all heard about the recent hype with the legalization of marijuana across several different states, including our neighboring state; Massachusetts. As pet owners, this often gets us wondering if these health trends in the human world can relate to our four legged friends too. To know the answer to this, you must first understand the difference between CBD and THC, two compounds of marijuana.
The chemical compound found in marijuana that is responsible for the psychoactive “high” effect that most people associate with weed comes from tetrahydrocannabinol aka THC. The other useful compound found in the plant, is known as cannabinoid aka CBD, which has a non psychoactive effect, and produces no “high”. When referring to the many “cannabis doggie treats” on the market, the suitable ingredient for them is CBD. Some of the main marketing claims for these treats is that they help to alleviate stress and anxiety disorders, aid in pain/inflammation, and even support healthy digestion. Although research on this is very limited, it is important to also know that CBD is virtually an unregulated product, which means we can not prove the quality nor amount contained in most products.
Non-pet labeled products that are high in THC concentration such as some edibles, dabs, and oils can pose a more dangerous threat to pets. An overdose of THC can affect pets differently and can cause a multitude of different symptoms including vomiting, dribbling urine, and even seizures. Anytime a pet suspectedly gets into products that contain high amounts of THC, we recommend contacting the Pet Poison Helpline for help. In conclusion, if you are considering cannabis treats for your furry friends, do your research. Find a company with quality testing, and that uses CBD as an ingredient.
This guest blog was provided by our veterinary nurse assistant Carrie Savino. Carrie has a passion for pets and it truly comes through in all aspects of her work here at Companion Veterinary Health Center.