Do you have a hyperactive pet? Maybe one that’s jittery, scared or just a general pain to be around sometimes? The answer, according to some up-and-coming entrepreneurs, is a dog biscuit with just a little cannabis in it. 

According to the makers, the mellowing effects of a cannabis dog biscuit won't actually make your dog high. The secret ingredient is Cannabidiol or CBD.

CBD is one of more than 80 active ingredients in the marijuana plant – marijuana and hemp are basically two strains of the same plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the chemical that causes that happy, all-is-right-with-the-world feeling (along with the munchies), CBD "does not produce euphoria or intoxication," according to 2015 testimony from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  

What it does do (for humans, anyway) is help with pain, seizures, anxiety, inflammation and stress, among other medical benefits. Austin and Kat cites this evidence and says it also aids digestion and sleep. An added bonus: It contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. 

According to a New York Times article, Maria Ellis Perez tried cannabis oil on her pet skunk and saw improvement in its eating habits and mood in just a few days. The article also reported good effects on a Rottweiler, a chow-shepherd mix, some pit bulls, several other dogs and a cat. 

But is it Safe?

Well, that’s a matter of interpretation. A recent Bloomberg article quoted veterinarian Dr. Gary Richter, a supporter of the treatment, as saying about current research, “A lot of what we're using is extrapolated data from humans, as well as just real world experience on what works.”

Austin and Kat’s website acknowledges that research is limited but, “the proof is in the pudding.”  Basically, the argument is that if it works on humans, it’s probably OK for pets. The website gives some weight-based dosage suggestions, but then goes on to say "missing a dose could interrupt the results" and that "it's not possible to overdose," (adding that if a pet eats a whole package, a vet should be consulted).

And Is it Legal?

That’s another (literally) million-dollar question. Austin and Kat says that it is, but Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spokesman Russell Baer said of the Schedule I controlled substance, “There is widespread illegal distribution of purported CBD products – regardless if they are derived from the marijuana plant or hemp plant.” 

But until the DEA can get the much larger opioid crisis under control, don’t expect any reality shows popping up covering giant raids of pot-laced dog biscuit factories.

Meantime, It's Growing

According to MJ Freeway, a cannabis industry analytics firm, CBD pet product sales have doubled over the last two years. Other companies making cannibis products for pets include Treatibles and Therabis.

We can't tell you what to do if your pet has an issue that might benefit from one of these treatments. Except, maybe, stay away from those pet skunks.

 

 

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