I bet Wendyl Nissen will be into this for her cats and dog


Yesterday I blogged about Wendyl Nissen’s belief in homeopathy for her pets. I wonder of she has the guts to use it herself.

Anyway I saw and article on The Daily Beast about treating animals with cannabis, and immediately thought that this would be right up her alley.

As acceptance of medical marijuana grows, pet owners increasingly are using the drug to ease the suffering of their furry friends.

Nikita was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she was in pain. She wouldn’t eat, barely moved and constantly whimpered. Removing the tumors from her body didn’t do much, nor did the medicine prescriptions she was given—but what did help was marijuana.  

“I’d exhausted every available pharmaceutical pain option, even steroids. At that point, it was a quality of life issue, and I felt like I’d try anything to ease her suffering,” her doctor, Douglas Kramer, told a prominent medical journal. After consuming small amounts of marijuana, Nikita’s appetite returned and she began greeting Kramer at the door again. Kramer says the weed gave Nikita six extra weeks of life.

Now, doctors prescribing marijuana to patients battling cancer is nothing new. But there’s a wrinkle in this case. Nikita is a Siberian husky. Dr. Kramer is a veterinarian. And the medical journal in which he describes the case is the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine Association.

Kramer, known widely as the Vet Guru runs his own mobile practice that focuses on pain management. He’s part of a growing movement of people and experts who believe marijuana can be a cure for multiple pet medical conditions ranging from anxiety to appetite renewal to basic pain relief.

Peruse the Internet and you will find many a story of cats, dogs and even horses restored by marijuana treatment. Getting a pet high may have once been considered a bad party gag. But now some owners consider it a legitimate treatment option for some animals and the change is likely attributable to a change in acceptance of marijuana overall. This year, for the first time, a majority of Americans support cannabis legalization.

“With some states approving and legalizing the use of marijuana for humans it drives this conversation and pet owners’ curiosity as to whether or the not the use of marijuana for their pet may be beneficial,” said David Kirkpatrick, spokesperson for the American Veterinarian Medical Association, which represents over 84,000 working vets. “I think some pet owners who have used medical marijuana for their pets have said it has done what they consider to be wonders for their particular pet. But whether or not that can be scientifically justified at this point is unclear.”

Research on the medical benefits of marijuana for animals is all but non-existent due to marijuana’s current classification as an illicit drug. Because law prohibits vets from prescribing marijuana to animals, it’s near impossible for vets to conduct tests on animals’ reactions to the drug at universities and research centers.

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