CBD oil is marijuana without the hallucinogenic stuff (THC). There is a convincing and cogent story by a veterinarian, Dr Andrew Jones DVM, on the internet about the use of this drug.
He used CBD oil to treat his dog who died of cancer of the mouth and eye. His dog was in a lot of pain and could not eat. He tried the strong narcotic Fentanyl and a strong NSAID both of which did little or nothing to help. He tried CBD oil and his dog responded well. He started to eat and showed clear signs of being without the pain he had suffered from. Dr Andrews had four more quality weeks with his dog.
It seems that vets and pet owners are becoming more interested in using medical marijuana as an alternative medication to manage pain and chronic illness.
CBD is short for ‘cannabinoids’. They are found in the cannabis plant. They are non-psychoative which means there is no associated ‘high’. Dr Andrews says that they are a form of therapy “without the unwanted side effects of typical drugs”.
Specifically CBD oil has been used to treat:
- Arthritis in pets. CBD has a “potent anti-arthritic therapeutic action, resulting in both joint protection and clinical symptom improvement”.
Long term use of CBD does not, it is claimed, “elicit negative effects and does not induce tolerance”. In other words long term use is acceptable and the medication goes on working with no downsides.
- Anxiety – research indicates that it reduces subjective anxiety significantly.
- Seizures – CBD may inhibit seizures and the severity if seizures. It may (I think this is work in progress) help with epilepsy.
- Nausea – research found that CBD to be effective in preventing and suppressing nausea in pets due to disease or medication.
I think I’ll leave it there because I am not a vet but I am sure that concerned cat owners might like to discuss CBD oil as an alternative treatment under the right circumstances. It is another string in the bow of treatments especially when conventional treatments have failed.
Does anyone have first hand experience of their cat being treated with this medication?
Source: Dr Andews who has referred to six other sources; research studies.
Associated: CBD Oil for Cats