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CBD could be the pot product your pet needs

Molly's owners have been using CBD oil to treat the 13-year-old's arthritis in her aging hips. (KATU Photo)

More and more pet owners are turning to CBD as a cure-all for their furry friends.

CBD is a marijuana oil, extracted and isolated with none of the psychoactive side effects of THC products.

CBD was a popular item at the Oregon Humane Society's Doggie Dash, where dog owners like Meg Wolfe gathered information on pet-specific CBD products .

Wolfe says her vet had recommended the need for palliative care and even hospice for her 14-year-old dachshund before CBD changed everything.

"She’s almost like a puppy again. She’s playing, the limp's gone, she’s eating better, she’s like a completely different dog," said Wolfe.

Now, local cannabis companies are seeing demand boom for this type of CBD.

"When I use it with my dog, I consider her just the best version of herself. She doesn’t seem medicated, she doesn’t seem different, she just seems calm and better than when she is sometimes anxious," said Jordan Rahmil of Cura Cannabis Solutions, which produces Select PETS CBD in Portland.

Still, despite ample anecdotal evidence and a growing marketplace, veterinarians are hesitant to put a stamp of approval on CBD until more testing is done.

"There’s a lot of interest in it and there’s some evidence in people that they can be used for certain things like chronic pain, maybe for seizures and other things. So, I’d say, in general, we’re not opposed to the possibility that they might be useful one day but the evidence isn’t there at this point," said Dr. Sophie Petersen of VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Petersen says the CBD question is very common, but vets can't recommend it for now, but she expects more studies to be done.

"It certainly might turn out that there’s a dose and a disease where it can be very effective, but we just don’t know," Dr. Petersen said.


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