It’s pretty safe to say that the legalisation of cannabis in California came as welcome relief for millions. The state had already made enormous headway in terms of medical cannabis, but expanding the legality of pot to those without qualifying medical conditions will undoubtedly change countless lives in any number of ways.
At the same time, the same can’t necessarily be said for some of the most important family members of all...our pets. The subject of pot for pets is one that’s continually gaining momentum, but for the time being at least leaves pet owners across the state with more questions than answers.
Of course, it’s an issue that concerns millions across the whole of the United States and is not exclusive to California. We’re simply focusing on California because this seems to be where the lion’s share of pet-focused pot businesses are popping up all over the place. As demand for cannabis products for pets continues to increase, it is inevitable that businesses will emerge to provide pet owners with exactly what they need.
One such business is Triniti-CBD, which has been based in San Diego for quite some time now and specialises in cannabis tinctures for pets. The products they produce can be added to any standard pet food, or given directly to pets as and when required. According to the company, dogs have the same receptors that humans have. These receptors are spread throughout a dog's body just as they are for humans. These receptors help dogs just as much if not more than humans. CBD offers relief from strains, sprains, swelling, and torn ligaments. This natural method of healing is the future.
And not only does Triniti-CBD believe it – so too does a growing contingency of pet owners.
Nevertheless, the vast majority continue to turn to cannabis products for their pets as something of a last resort. This, despite the fact that anecdotal evidence at least seems to suggest that cannabis products can be considerably safer and more effective than any conventional drugs or treatments out there.
"What we find is a lot of the animals are coming to us when there are no other options and pharmaceuticals haven't worked for that animal," Ettel said.
"They're at that last resort, and cannabis is really good for those types of situations."
Of course, the obvious caveat in all of this is the way in which the overwhelming majority of evidence available is indeed nothing more than anecdotal. As it stands, there is little to no scientific evidence to go on when it comes to the benefits and/or potential dangers of cannabis products for pets. As such, veterinarian authorities refuse to throw their own support behind the use of such products, until a time comes when there is sufficient scientific evidence to do so.
"Our hands really are tied," said Ken Pawlowski, president of the California Veterinary Medical Association.
"Definitely we're getting more questions from clients asking about it for their pets, but unfortunately we don't have any answers for them."
Despite the fact that both recreational and medical cannabis have now been legalised in California, vets still risk immediately and permanently losing their licences if they provide or even recommend cannabis products for pets. The problem being that while cannabis remains illegal at a Federal level, it will continue to prove unnecessarily difficult for research to be carried out into the potential benefits of cannabis products for pets.
Which in turn means that in the meantime, companies like Trinit-CBD, vets who believe in cannabis as an effective treatment for pets and thousands of pet owners who see medical cannabis as a critical lifeline for the animals in their lives will continue to linger in a state of limbo.