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Features January 2018 Issue

Medical Marijuana for Dogs?

Itís thought that a chemical in cannabis (not the one that makes people feel high) might help ameliorate pain in addition to conferring other beneficial effects in dogs with various illnesses.

Medical Marijuana for Dogs?

Veterinary researchers test cannabis in dogs with epilepsy and arthritis.

Although marijuana, or cannabis, is classified as a Schedule 1 substance by the federal government, meaning it has a high potential for abuse, as of last October, 29 states and the District of Columbia had laws legalizing it in some form. It has been studied for its therapeutic effects on chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, epileptic seizures, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and a number of other ailments. As more people experience the apparent medical benefits of cannabis, many dog owners are left wondering if the drug might be useful in treating various diseases in veterinary medicine, too.

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