With all the controversy surrounding marijuana it was only a matter of time before marijuana advocates around the world started asking if pot was okay for their four legged friends. Instead of letting marijuana curiosity kill your cat, let’s take a look at what some people are saying about kitties and weed.
Pet Poison Hotline
Like all things pot-related the question of marijuana safety for cats is a complicated one. One of the leading sources of information for vets on poisonous plants and foods is the Pet Poison Hotline. One quick click on the site and you will see that they have Marijuana’s toxicity level in dogs and cats labeled as moderate to severe. However, some veterinarians disagree.
Dr. Doug Kramer was one of the first veterinarians to open the discussion on pets and medical marijuana. He used the drug on his own dog when she was battling cancer, and believed that it gave her several weeks of life that traditional drugs couldn’t. He went on to offer medicinal marijuana to hundreds of his client’s pets, with very few negative results and encouraged other vets to try the same.
Why the discrepancy?
Many vets are afraid of what such a controversial drug would do to their practices. Medicinal marijuana is new to the human sector and even newer in the pet sector, so there isn’t much research out there to support or refute its positive use in companion animals. This is causing most vets to play it safe; until it has been proven that weed can help, they don’t want to endorse it publicly and risk losing clients due to the stigma.
What does that mean for you and your kitty?
That depends. If you have a happy, healthy cat at home and are considering marijuana because you think your cat may enjoy the buzz, play it safe and stick to catnip. It elicits the same response in the brain as smoking marijuana does for people, and it’s legal to grow fresh in your own backyard! However, if you have a cat that is suffering from a painful or terminal medical condition, Cannabis may be the way to go.
Even in kitties with terminal illnesses or painful diseases smoke inhalation isn’t a safe option. Some healthy alternatives to smoking are cannabis oil and specially prepared edibles. Finding the proper recipe and dosage for your feline friend is best left to either a vet or a cannabis expert, as different strains of plants can have different levels of THC and affect your kitty differently. While many vets are on board with medicinal marijuana use in pets, it’s not yet legal for them to prescribe it. If you already have a prescription, you can check with your vet about sharing, as the type used for people would be the same for animals. If you don’t, keep your eye on the horizon as some state senators, like Tick Segerblom in Nevada, are advocating for the legalization of medicinal use in pets!
Are there safer alternatives?
Canna Pet is an all-natural product that can be safely used in cats and dogs due to its low THC content. Plus, since it’s derived from hemp, it is legal in every state! Dr. Sara Brandon—one of the founders of Canna Pet—claims that it can help with seizures, arthritis, loss of appetite, IBS, and many other hard to treat illnesses in cats.
For the average consumer Canna Pet seems to be the place to start in your Cannabis quest, though you should always consult a veterinarian before starting your pet on any supplement regimen.
While not all veterinarians agree, it seems like medical marijuana may be the next big thing in pet health. Only time will tell what the future holds for marijuana use in cats!