California, 19 other states, and DC have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Patients are given a ‘medical marijuana’ card by a doctor. There are lots of medical marijuana dispensaries where I live, locals call them pot stores. The known human benefits of medical marijuana are safe and effective treatment for cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions.
According to Jennifer Bolser of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, technically, dogs can’t get “high” like humans can. When asked if pets can get high as a person would understand the sensation, she answered, “No. Marijuana exposure in pets causes neurologic toxicity, which is not the same as the “high” that people experience. The symptoms (staggering, agitation, stupor, etc.) that develop in pets do not appear enjoyable for them.”
However, research of medical marijuana on animals is non-existent.
Search the Web and you’ll find a wealth of anecdotal evidence from pet owners about how marijuana improved the lives of their sick and dying furry companions.
Ernest Misko had never experimented with marijuana until his doctor recommended the 77-year-old Chatsworth, Calif., resident try it for his chronic back pain. Misko was so amazed with how good his back felt afterward that when his aged pet cat, Borzo, had difficulty walking, Misko started feeding the cat the same marijuana tincture Denise used. Within a few days, Borzo appeared to be pain-free and was moving much better, according to Misko.
Should veterinarians be able to prescribe medical marijuana for your pooch? Would you want medical marijuana given to Spike?
Personally, I would use God-made treatment over man-made. Holistic remedies, such of flower essences and herbs are always safer for people and animals.
Federal law prohibits all uses of marijuana, and anyone violating the law faces serious legal penalties. Even in those states where medical marijuana use has been approved. Even in those states where medical marijuana use has been approved, officers with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) periodically raid medical marijuana dispensaries, seizing their assets and shutting them down, even if only temporarily.
Marijuana has been classified as a schedule I controlled substance since 1970. Schedule I is the most restrictive of the federal Controlled Substances. The regulatory hurdles for clinical research on schedule I drugs are so high as to act as a deterrent. Numerous physician and health care organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, and National Association for Public Health Policy, are urging the federal government to reschedule marijuana to allow more research that could yield new cannabinoid-based medications.