Article by Deanna Morgado, Cannabis Culture
What do you do when your beloved pet has been diagnosed with a chronic health issue, and the pharmaceutical drugs prescribed to treat it have nasty side effects?
Many people have begun to give their pets CBD tinctures and treats as an alternative to chemical pharmaceutical patent drugs. Keep in mind, every animal is different, but CBD medication may help your pets, without the chemical hangover.
“Cannabis is medicine,” says Dr. Tum Shu, a practicing California Veterinarian. “As with all medications, quality, safety, and efficacy are the most important factors. As veterinary professionals we formulate our products with those key factors in mind. Formulation and dosing for animals is important as their sizes and conditions can vary greatly.”
Shu’s research is at the tip of the spearin CBD’s usefulness for pets. Shu, who also has a history in general practice with human patients, happens to be the founder and CEO of VETCBD. This California-based company offers pet owners the opportunity to provide premium, non-psychoactive cannabis to dogs and cats. VETCBD treatment is formulated specifically for pets by Dr. Shu. VETCBD’s product is a tincture, made with California grown, organic medical marijuana
But, as often happens in cannabis research, there is a catch. Due to current laws, VETCBD products and medicines are only offered at their company dispensaries. And much of the rest of the North American continent refuses to accept CBD as an appropriate, natural therapy for pets.
Currently, it is illegal in the United States for a veterinarian to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. As such, the majority of Veterinarians remain in the dark about CBD treatments. Some veterinarians even stand against the treatment of animals with CBD due to reasons ranging from the lack of acknowledge research to the stigma connected to CBD and cannabis medication.