On 11/20/18, recreational cannabis stores opened their doors in Massachusetts. With ailments like cancer, pain, anxiety and other medical conditions being treated with cannabis, it is easy to see why pet parents want to use CBD on their pets.
We are excited to see that research is being done on pets, and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead. Unfortunately it is not currently legal for Veterinarians to discuss or recommend the use of cannabis in pets. Hemp based CBD products are widely available to consumers both for people and pets. Dogs Naturally Magazine describes the difference between Marijuana and Hemp below.
When we treat our patients holistically – as we should – we take into consideration not only their physical health, but their mental health and stamina, too. We need to consider all aspects of the environment that may adversely affect a patient’s health and wellbeing, including the micro biome.
The micro biome forms an integral part of the immune system, and has gained increasing attention in both human and veterinary medicine in recent years. Research has shown that 75-80% of our immune system is located in the gut, making a diverse, symbiotic, balanced micro biome essential to the health, healing and recovery of our patients.