More and more people are turning to marijuana-related products for their pets. Is that a good thing?
By Helen Ravenel Hammond
Let’s get honest here. If your beloved pet had a serious illness or even a terminal disease, you would most likely do whatever it is in your power to make him/ her more comfortable- whether it be through clinical trials or trying the latest drug.
Take Eloise, for example. The eight-year-old English Bulldog had all the conditions an aging bulldog naturally gets- double hip dysplasia, knee problems, bilateral alopecia, hypothyroidism, dry eye, etc. She was on all kinds of medications, barely walking, not eating well, and her stomach was always upset from the medications.
Melissa Goodmon’s veterinarian recommended she try Cannabis oil (CBD), a liquid derived from the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, the high-inducing molecule in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. After much research, Goodmon found a marijuana dispensary (she lives in California, one of 29 states with laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form). With her medical cannabis card, she started Eloise on her regimen.