By Alaina Garcia / Originally published on pg 73 in issue 9 of Cannabis Now Magazine
Here’s a Sneak Peak:
Simba loved everyone. He was the first to greet an opening door with a mild “meow,” and if he wasn’t pouncing on insects in the bountiful garden or taking a siesta in the sun, he would sit on guests’ laps to make sure everyone felt comfortable. Sadly, at 9 months old, he became lethargic and stopped eating. He was diagnosed with feline leukemia and cancer of the blood cells. Soon after, he stopped being able to move around, eat, or go to the bathroom freely. Simba had to be put down.
As research pours out on the potential benefits of cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in cannabis), some veterinarians have taken the bold step of prescribing the drug to animals. The confident use of cannabis as a treatment for pain, cancer and cancer’s side effects is growing among many health officials. In fact, the Physician Data Query of the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive cancer database already lists cannabinoids as one of the agents found effective in the treatment of cancer and cancer-related conditions. In the United States, commercially available synthetic cannabinoids such as dronabinol and nabilone are already approved for use in the treatment of cancer related side effects. Yet marijuana remains a Schedule I drug and is thus deemed to have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”
There are a growing number of veterinarians and pet owners now giving cannabis to pets for pain and some, such as veterinarian Doug Kramer, AKA the “Vet Guru,” have spoken out on the benefits of giving pot to animals. Kramer told the AP that he was “sick” of euthanizing pets when he could be making their lives and that of their owners better – a medical fact which he learned firsthand after treating his Siberian husky with cannabis extract. Once given the drug, the dog started eating again, gaining weight, going to the bathroom and meeting him at the door. Other testimonies attest how dogs, cats and horses given cannabis become…purchase issue 9 to read more.