Pot for Pets?

Medical Marijuana is not just about getting a Cheech-and-Chong high. It is an accepted aid to cancer patients, glaucoma sufferers and others with debilitating health issues.

mellow-kittyMost people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD — and for good reason.

Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high, and evidence of CBD’s medical benefits continues to grow. Using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains have become more popular in recent years.

THC is toxic to pets, but CBD is not.  And CBD can offer pets some of the same benefits as it does humans. Experienced veterinarians created ideal formulas for dogs and cats to offer them the same improved sense of wellness and calm that humans realize from CBD products. CBD can help with cancer, arthritis, diabetes, digestive issues, chronic pain, nausea, and those receiving palliative care.

Certainly, you should consult with your veterinarian before going the CBD route. But if all traditional treatments don’t work for your cat, they might be worth trying, especially for palliative care.

No, the cat doesn’t need to smoke it. These CBD-based remedies come in treat or tincture form.


Products include

Kannakrill CBD Relief.   It’s made of Krill oil which contains fatty acids similar to fish oil. These fats are thought to be beneficial fats that decrease swelling, lower cholesterol, and make blood platelets less sticky. When blood platelets are less sticky they are less likely to form clots. Kannakrill supports joint, heart, and brain health, relieves pain and anxiety, promotes healthy skin, and is rich in Omega 3s.

Canna-Pet. Provides pain relief, nervous system support, help in sleep, reduces inflammation, reduces vomiting/nausea, inhibits cell growth in tumors and cancer cells, and helps skin conditions.

Tasty Drops 4 Pets. Helps your furry friend enjoy a calmer life and improves wellness levels. Good for cats who suffer from stress from booming thunder or fireworks.

In most instances, you’ll need a medical marijuana card to purchase these products (and it may be illegal altogether, depending on where you live.) You can get a card online (yes, really) in as little as 15 minutes if it’s legal in your state.


THE FINE PRINT: I have no experience giving my cat CBD remedies, so I cannot vouch for their efficacy. But if I had a cat who was overstressed, had a skin condition that was unresponsive treatment, or suffering from cancer, this is definitely an option I would consider.




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  1. Honey Sunshine used Canna-pet fur her artheritis

  2. Ellen Pilch says:

    This is interesting. I have always wondered if it would help with appetite in a sick pet, but I have also read that it can make them sick.

    • Mousebreath Magazine says:

      THC can make them sick, but CBD doesn’t. It’s important to start with small doses, see how they do, then give them larger doses if they don’t have any problems.

  3. Kitties Blue says:

    Such interesting news. Mom’s pretty sure we can’t get medical marijuana in our state, but she’s going to add this to her memory bank of info. Thank you. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    • Mousebreath Magazine says:

      I think if California’s Prop 64 initiative passes in November, more states will follow suit… if for no other reason than it is a nice boon for tax collection. In 2014, the state of California collected nearly $50 million in taxes from the sale of medical marijuana. It’s a good way to funnel money into social programs and education that are strapped for funds. Because marijuana products are so helpful for people with glaucoma and cancer, it should be available in pharmacies. Certainly, it’s a better alternative than opioids or the likes of klonopin and ativan. And, CBD has no psychoactive properties, so you don’t get high from it. I think as medical research in this area progresses, more states will see the benefit of medical marijuana. Sure, you’ll get people who buy it just to get high, but is that any worse than my sister drinking 2+ sixpacks of beer every night plus a handful of prescribed pills?

      That’s a long way of saying that I hope it becomes available in every state to more people and their pets.

  4. Barbie says:

    I wonder if this would give some relief to cats with feline hyperesthesia syndrome? Does anyone have experience with this?

    • kat says:

      My 1yr old cat was recently diagnosed with feline hyperesthesia and is extremely twitchy and seems to hallucinate during his episodes. It scared me when it first happened and now that I know what it is, I wanted to help him! He looks so uncomfortable and crazed when it happens. I know the recommendation is not to give pets thc, but I gave my cat cannabis through the traditional method of smoke, and it instantly stopped his episode. I was stunned at how well it worked. Since I know it works so well now, and i dont want to continue to expose him to smoke, I may order some products online that have CBD and are dosed properly for cats. But I can say with certainty- YES MEDICAL MARIJUANA DOES WORK FOR CATS WITH FELINE HYPERESTHESIA !!


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