Cannabis-based medicine is such a promising field for humans that it was only a matter of time before pet parents and veterinarians started asking how it could benefit pets. We’re still a long way from having a comprehensive body of research to prove its safety and efficacy, but encouraging anecdotal reports and a limited number of early studies have been enough to spur some companies into producing cannabis infused dog goodies.
Most feature CBD, hailed among humans for its negligible psychoactive impact and anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and antispasmodic properties. Some are made from marijuana-based CBD, others derive it from industrial hemp (see this discussion to learn how they differ). Talk with your vet before offering these treats, and remember, until we get full-scale legalization, it’s always buyer beware when it comes to grey market products.
CBD joins cinnamon, hemp protein, coconut oil, vitamin E, chickpea flour, and oats for a crispy dog cracker designed to alleviate aches and pains. Apawthecary also produces a CBD Pet Tincture.
See Apothecary Labs for ordering details.
TrueLeaf Hemp Chews come in a variety of formulations, such as Hip & Joint, Calming, and Health. All are made from grain-free non-GMO hemp. TrueLeaf products list hemp as an ingredient, but make no claims about CBD content; they can typically be found in regular pet stores, rather than dispensaries.
See TrueLeaf for ordering details.
Made with a base of rice flour, almond milk, peanut butter, and bananas, these CBD-infused dog cookies advertise relief from arthritis, inflammation, epileptic seizures, and stress, all without psychoactive effects.
See Mota for ordering details.
Treatibles offers a line of hemp-based CBD-infused dog chews in pumpkin and blueberry flavour, as well as tinctures and CBD gel caps. Treatibles advertises that all their products are tested by a third-party lab in Oakland, California.
See Treatibles for ordering details.
Whole ground cannabis joins infused coconut oil, whole wheat flour, eggs, peas, and peanut butter in these green bites that promise to reduce your dog’s anxiety, nausea, and pain. Little other information about these treats – such as what’s in that infusion, or what kind of cannabis is used – is available. Since THC can be deadly to dogs, this is a rather unfortunate oversight.
See Jupiter for ordering details.
Featured image via Cordelia Naumann.