By Jenn Keeler, WikiLeaf.com
The benefits of cannabinoids are wide-ranging, helping with all kinds of physical and emotional ailments plaguing people on any given day. But, it turns out, they’re benefits aren’t limited to humans: they help animals too. This is welcoming news for anyone looking to treat their furry friends holistically rather than with typical, traditional means of veterinarian care. Yep, pot is going to the pets: the dogs are thrilled; the cats are indifferent.
Introducing Canna Companion
Canna Companion is a cannabis product specifically designed for animal health. It comes in capsules infused with sativa strains and designed to provide pets with the benefits of cannabinoids. Each capsule is packed full of these cannabinoids as well as terpenes and flavonoids. Canna Companion is also vegetable based, non-GMO, and, unlike the jumpsuit your poodle is presently wearing, completely natural.
Why Canna Companion Was Developed
Because the benefits of cannabinoid are so apparent in people, it’s not far-reaching to assume that they’d work well in animals too. Sure, the human-pet connection doesn’t always translate directly: chocolate is bad for dogs but so, so good for us (and if you start chewing on rawhide, your dentist might complain). However, in regards to cannabis, the benefits do sync up. In fact, pets might actually have the market on hemp health cornered.
Due to the size of dogs and cats, they can better reap the benefits of small amounts of CBD, THC, and all that other cannabinoids hemp provides. Couple this with the omega fatty acids, the minerals, and the vitamins the plant innately offers and it’s easy to see why pot and Pomeranians go hand in hand (or paw and paw).
Canna Companion also uses the entire cannabis plant, which increases the health benefits while minimizing the side effects
The endocannabinoid system in animals, and people too, is believed to work best when many components of the marijuana magic work in synergy.
The Benefits of Canna Companion
Canna Companion isn’t designed for dogs or cats not experiencing symptoms; not intended as any sort of preventative measure.
It’s for pets with chronic health conditions or those prone to problems
It’s even useful for separation anxiety, an anxiety disorder that dogs possess with one main symptom: pooping all over everything the second you leave. It doesn’t matter if you’re only going to get the mail.
Overall, Canna Companion is most commonly used for support of the GI tract and regular digestive functions; building immunity; helping joint health; maintaining neurological function; encouraging calmness in stressful situations (such as trips to the vet or the puppy beauty parlor); and assisting with end of life care for pets who have a terminal illness.
Will Your Pet Get High?
One of the most common questions regarding any cannabis product is its ability to elicit psychoactive effects. So, will your dog suddenly go around and eat everything in sight? Yes, but not because they’re high, only because they’re dogs.
The Canna Companion won’t take your pet on a psychedelic trip
There is a small amount of THC in the formula, but it’s well below the threshold needed for inducing any sort of high. As an added measure, Canna Companion provides a cannabinoid ratio that’s heavier on the CBD than the THC. The ratio is 2:1.
How is it Administered?
The size of your animal dictates the strength of the Canna Companion you’ll want to buy: the product is variable, with formulas available for all sized pets, those under twenty pounds, those over 81 pounds, and all the weights in between.
It’s a supplement best given to your dog or cat when it has a full stomach; this assures the highest rate of absorption
Under most circumstances, dogs need two capsules a day while cats need one. And most pets show improvement within a week of consistent delivery, but it usually takes two weeks for the best results to kick in.
If a holistic approach is something that interests you while caring for your animals, Canna Companion offers consultations free of charge. You fill out an online form detailing your pet, its age, its breed, its current medical problems, its current veterinarian, and any therapies you’ve already tried. The consultation offers support from licensed veterinarian professionals. It also provides educational material regarding the science of cannabis as it pertains to animal health. It’s an ideal time to ask any questions too. Your pet’s individual situation may warrant some kind of particular consideration.
Are These Supplements Legal?
Your dog or cat doesn’t need to live in Washington or Alaska or any other state where marijuana is legal in order to receive these capsules. Just as CBD oil is legal everywhere because of its nearly non-existent THC level, Canna Companion is as well.
They even test the product to insure the THC levels of their supplements are below .3%. So if Mittens decides she wants to get stoned, she’ll have to hit the catnip pipe
Canna Companion lists the reasons for their legal standing on their website. These reasons include: they’re a pet product company (not a pot business); they use hemp (not marijuana) that they lawfully import from Canada and the European Union; and pet supplements are exempt from the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
The Possible Side Effects
Though it’s natural, side effects are a possibility. The most common one is mild lethargy as a result of the CBD (this typically only lasts a few days). Softer stools and an increase in bowel movements also might occur because hemp is naturally high in fiber.
If your pet is overly sensitive to this, less frequent administration might be in order (or a doggie door)
Some of the rarest side effects include vomiting or nausea and increased skin sensitivity. If these occur after a day or two (or are severe), discontinuation of the product may be recommended. It’s best to discuss your pet’s current state with your veterinarian before making any decisions.
About Anthony Martinelli
Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.