Treating dogs with cannabis extract shows ‘promising’ results

Rob Waugh
Contributor
Could cannabis change the lives of dogs? (Getty)

Many people already swear by cannabis extract CBD, claiming it can treat anything from anxiety to cancer – but could it be a revolutionary treatment for epileptic dogs?

A pilot study of dogs has found that it is ‘promising and exciting’ as a treatment for dogs with epilepsy, said Dr. Stephanie McGrath of Colorado State University.

Dr McGrath’s team found that 89% of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures..

Idiopathic epilepsy affects up to 5.7% of the pet dog population worldwide, the researchers say.

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‘Cannabidiol’ (CBD), is a chemical from cannabis which campaigners claim helps with diseases including cancer and Crohn’s disease.

Crucially, CBD products don’t contain any THC, the chemical in cannabis which causes the high – so it’s legal to use in the UK.

Dr McGrath said, ‘We saw a correlation between how high the levels of CBD were in these dogs with how great the seizure reduction was

‘It’s really exciting that perhaps we can start looking at CBD in the future as an alternative to existing anticonvulsive drugs.’

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