Animals and Cannabis: Scrutiny In Between

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states in the United States, even allowing recreational use in another 4 states and Washington, and business is booming. We cannot deny that cannabis has been a growing industry for a couple of years now and it has benefitted humans and animals alike. There hasn’t been that much research done regarding the use of cannabis on animals way back. In the past decade though, extensive scientific research were conducted and continue to be done so. Marijuana has long been frowned upon by most societies however new studies have proved that use of the herb has a lot of medical benefits. As expected, many people are having a hard time taking medical marijuana for pets seriously, according to The Guardian. Maybe for them, animals and cannabis don’t mix. Seven Leaf Pets would beg to disagree.

The Bad Side

Most clinical studies have shown that cannabis ingestion in pets caused listlessness, depression, ataxia, hypothermia, and vomiting. There would be symptoms of cannabis poisoning, thus requiring veterinary care. Cannabis sativa contains more than sixty cannabinoids, the most toxic is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which affects the nervous system. In North America, a number of animals have been reported intoxicated after marijuana ingestion. It does have neurotoxic effects which usually occur within 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion and last for a long 12 hours, wherein the most severe cases cause coma or death in animals. Cannabis and animals, as shown in those studies, don’t really mix well.

The Sunshine After the Rain

While cannabis has indeed been proven to cause negative effects on pets when ingested, there are certain cannabinoids that can be synthesized to give positive effects. Cannabidiol for instance, has been known as an effective anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It has been used before even during the ancient Greek and Roman times, and there are numerous historical references to cannabis being used, according to Green Geo. CBD, as a matter of fact, doesn’t get animals stoned and has been studied as an effective treatment for epileptic seizures and even pain management for cancer. If you really take a good look at it, cannabis has a lot of medical benefits. Animals at home and cannabis can work out pretty well after all.

There’s always two sides to a story and in this case, you have to definitely weigh the negative and positive effects of cannabis on animals. Extensive perusal should be conducted and Seven Leaf Pets would be there to light the way.