Hudson has always been a happy, fun-loving dog, but the 12-year-old Portuguese water dog slowed down considerably after her arthritis worsened and a toe was amputated.
Michael Fasman of San Francisco use alternative medicine to treat his dog's illness, he uses cannabis or marijuana. His 12-year-old dog named Hudson limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe. He does not want to give his dog painkillers because "they just knock her out."
Every morning Fasman squeezed several drops of a cannabis extract onto a plate of yogurt, which the Portuguese water dog eat up in seconds. It's become part of Hudson's daily routine.
"We think it's really lifted her spirits and made her a happier dog," Fasman said. "It's not that she's changed. She's just back to her good old self."
As more states legalize marijuana for humans, more pet owners are giving their furry companions cannabis-based extracts, ointments and edibles marketed to treat everything from arthritis and anxiety to seizures and cancer.
These pet products that contains cannabis are not yet regulated, and they contain cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis that doesn't get pets or humans high. They contain little or no tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the cannabis compound known for its psychoactive effects.
However, experts say that there are not enough scientific data to show cannabis is safe and effective for treating animals. But despite of lack of scientific data or veterinary guidance, many pet owners are convinced cannabis has improved their pet's health and well-being, based on their own observations.
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