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ful Northern California edible company Auntie Dolores, developed her line of pet edibles as a response to queries from many of her customers. People were curious about the benefits of medical cannabis for their pets, and repeatedly asked Carella if it was safe for them to share their Auntie Dolores edibles with their pets to help treat ailments like arthritis and anxiety. It is not, Carella assured them. But she developed Treatibles so that folks would have a way to share the medicinal benefits of cannabis with their pets without exposing them to the unsafe THC compounds that human edibles contain. “The treats do not have the kind of intoxicating effect that they would if they had THC in them. But when the dog has anxiety and they use the CBD treatment, you’ll notice a difference in their demeanor. It removes the anxiety without getting them high,” says Carella. Other products have been developed by veterinarians, such as Canna Companion. “By applying the scientific principles of veterinary medicine and pharmacology, combined with multidisciplinary research and our own testing and informal clinical trials, we have developed and refined Canna Companion to where it can be a part of your dog and cat’s holistic care.” Shaky grammar notwithstanding, Canna Companion is an example of a company that takes an extremely clinical approach to their pet edibles, with an extensive guide to dosing according to pet size and weight, and which offers complimentary consultations with their licensed veterinary professionals.   Truly reputable pet edible companies (including Treatibles and Canna Companion) stress the importance of the availability of lab tests for all pet CBD products, which should be conducted by an independent third party and which verify a product’s levels of CBD to THC, as well as other chemicals which can affect your pet.     BUT THERE’S ALL THIS PESKY LEGAL STUFF…   Federal regulators haven’t approved cannabis for use in animals, and prohibitions on cannabis have hindered research. To date, only anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of cannabis for animals is readily available. As a result, there’s no official science on the effectiveness of pet cookies, pills, tinctures, oils and other products; nor recommended doses for these products. And in California, the Veterinary Medical Board guidelines still say that prescribing or recommending cannabis as an alternative option to treat pet ailments is against the law. Any veterinarian who does so risks losing his license.   If a pet owner is interested in trying cannabis to treat their pet, it is completely up to them to bring it up to their vet, and many vets aren’t convinced it’s a viable option, for lack of sufficient studies. Maureen Dorsey, a veterinarian at Oakland Veterinary Hospital, says that she is concerned about the absence of data to support pet edible manufacturers’ claims. “In my vet community, we have online discussions that this is coming up,” she said, “but we have no information about the efficacy, the dosage or the content of these products, and no one can do the research because the plant is still federally illegal.”   58

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The New Smoker Magazine issue: No.7  

This time we bring you The Edibles Issue! It has all you need to know about edibles and more: from Top Tips, to the Science of Edibles, to T...

The New Smoker Magazine issue: No.7  

This time we bring you The Edibles Issue! It has all you need to know about edibles and more: from Top Tips, to the Science of Edibles, to T...

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