When pets develop cancerous tumors that eventually metastasize to other organs, veterinarians often prescribe tramadol for pain and a prognosis of a few months to live. However, more pet owners complain that tramadol makes their pet sleep all the time and lethargic. Such was the case with Denise’s 12-year-old Labrador Retriever-mix, Miles, who suffered from a splenic tumor which metastasized to his liver and lungs. Denise didn’t like the impact tramadol caused in Miles. This was before Denise’s friend suggested she try a tincture made from marijuana sold from a medical marijuana dispensary for a pet medicine. Mile’s appetite returned and he stopped vomiting in an hour after being given the tincture and Denise believes this is not a coincidence. She also believes that when Miles was on the tramadol, he would be sleeping in bed, not eating or potential dead instead of running on the beach and being which he is currently doing.
Miles had terminal cancer and would die shortly, was the reasoning Denis turned to when she felt hesitant about committing Miles an unapproved drug. She further reasoned by saying people don’t overdose on marijuana and is used on people suffering nausea and pain from cancer and cancer therapy. Denise never would have considered giving Miles bud had the tramadol worked and today she’s a”true believer” in the therapeutic effects of marijuana and will recommend it to other who have pets suffering a few aliments that would benefit. It is a matter of greater quality of life for your pet, not getting your pet high.
Federal prohibition on medical marijuana has been a battle of contention since 1996 when a referendum, approved in California, enabling lawful personal growing, possession and use of marijuana for patients who have a doctor’s recommendation. Since that time, 19 states and the District of Columbia have passed similar legislation with Colorado and Washington state legalizing marijuana for recreational use in 2012. The federal government, however, isn’t on the same page. Federal law prohibits the use of marijuana in all forms and breaking that law leads you to face serious legal implications. This includes the states where medical marijuana is legal. Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration considers that marijuana isn’t safe nor effective for treating any human or animal disease. Since 1970, marijuana has been classified as a schedule I drug meaning that the federal Controlled Substances Act believes marijuana doesn’t have current acceptable medical use and has a high potential for abuse such as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy that are also schedule I drugs, while cocaine, methamphetamine, and morphine are schedule II drugs. There are 60+ cannabinoids unique to marijuana and although it isn’t approved for any medical use, cannabinoid-based drugs like Nabilone, used as an ant emetic and adjunct analgesic for neuropathic pain, in addition to treatment of anorexia and weight loss in AIDS patients, can be found in the USA by prescription. Because regulations are so high for clinical study on schedule I drugs, many physicians and health care organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and National Association for Public Health Policy are asking to reschedule marijuana so more research can be done that could create new cannabinoid-based drugs.
A growing number of pet owners are telling their veterinarians about having experimented with or given medical marijuana to their pets. Some veterinarians have experienced their personal pets fall victim to illnesses that, after exhausting ever avenue of legal, conventional therapy, including steroids, just medical marijuana could alleviate. They believe there’s strong evidence to support the use of medical marijuana in veterinary patients as an adjunct treatment or other treatment for chronic pain, post-operative pain and palliative care. Veterinarians support the AMA’s position and believe that marijuana needs further investigation to find out if case reports are accurate or if there’s a placebo effect occurring and what are the risks involved. But pet owners aren’t waiting for science and are feeding marijuana to their pets to treat behavior-based disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, pain management, nausea, and appetite excite while cannabis oil is used topically to treat tumors. It is illegal for a veterinarian to recommend the schedule I drug to patience even in states where medical marijuana is sanctioned and physicians are exempt from prosecution by the state.
Although many veterinarians sympathize, they’re hesitant to consider marijuana as a possible veterinary drug. For most veterinarians, the only experience they’ve had with pets and bud is treating the pet for ingesting toxic amounts of the medication. It’s apparent that pet owners are providing their companions marijuana with both positive and negative effects. But the veterinary community does not want to address and talk about a place with real and potential impact on animal welfare. The predominant view is that marijuana is merely a toxic plant. Veterinarians should not discount marijuana’s potential as an animal therapy just as it’s a controlled substance or a plant as the same can be said about morphine, however, morphine’s pharmacological effects on animals and humans have been thoroughly researched and researched; medical marijuana has not, therefore, placing an animal at risk when giving it to them as a medication. Do not assume that marijuana affects humans and animals in the same way nor should the assumptions be made that because marijuana is a natural substance it isn’t harmful. Those in the veterinary profession can’t sit ideally by as the rest of the nation makes decisions on medical marijuana.
Cannabis is currently a part of the fabric that makes up our society but the in the heated battle between the federal government keeping it a schedule I drug as well as the public’s desire to make it legal both medicinally and recreationally, it is likely to cause casualties. Is it a price you’re willing to pay with your pet? You can check our website for more information.