Paw’d Cast: KSCO expert Christopher Carr on cannabis oil for dogs

This is a short interview with Christopher Carr, host of KSCO’s Cannabis Connection program (Fridays 8-9 p.m.) about cannabidiol or CBD oil for pets. The substance, derived from marijuana and/or industrial hemp plants, is controversial and illegal under federal law. In states where marijuana is legal, however, it is fairly widely available as a liquid in dropper bottles.

Even Bark, known for its BarkBox monthly goody-plans for dogs, recently began selling CDB-laced treats as well as the oil itself. They put out a press release, but after initially accepting an invitation to be on the program, they reneged after a discussion around the office. That attitude, sadly, only enhances the notion that CDB is a dodgy substance.

Christopher was kind enough to give me about 2 oz. of CBD oil that he manufactures here in Santa Cruz. I am giving this to my 15-year-old Brittany as an anti-inflammatory and will report on the results.

The Preventive Vet website has an interesting post that discussions what we know about CDB (not much) and don’t know (mostly) and well as the pro’s (speculative) and con’s (don’t seem so bad) of using the substance as a treatment for canines.

What conditions does CBD treat in Dogs?

From the Preventive Vet site:

In humans, THC and/or CBD have been reported to treat things such as:

• Anxiety

• Pain

• Noise phobia

• Nausea

• Loss of appetite

• Epilepsy

• Inflammation

It’s not hard to find stories of pet owners who report similar effects after giving their dogs CBD oil or treats. However, the lack of published double-blind study for animals makes it hard to pull out real facts from the purely anecdotal evidence.

Here’s my take on CBD Oil

CBD Oil and treats frim Bark — This stuff ain’t cheap!

I am encouraged that CDB oil, even that which Includes small amounts of psychoactive THC seems to have no serious side-effects or contraindications in canines. Of course, it also lacks known dosing and double-blind studies for efficacy and safety. Promoters say the same thing about CDB that were used to sell medical marijuana. Those benefits were attributed to THC, but now CBD oil, containing little if any THC, benefits from the same claimed benefits.

My recommendation is to read the Preventive Vet story linked above and decide for yourself. I’d love to hear your thinking and will report back on what I decide for my dog.

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