It is still a controversial plant although cannabis has been legalized in multiple states across USA. The idea of giving your cat cannabis may sound weird, but a growing community of people believe it’s a safe and natural alternative to veterinary drugs.
Is THC Okay for Cats?
THC is readily stored in the body’s fat tissue, which includes the liver, brain, and kidneys. The liver metabolizes this THC, and much of it is excreted in feces and urine.
The good news is that marijuana exposure and ingestion are rarely deadly in cats and long-term complications are uncommon. Toxicity of marijuana is low for cats, requiring roughly 1.5 grams of marijuana per pound of body weight to be fatal.
Can Medical Cannabis Help Your Cat?
As per Consciouscat.net
Medical cannabis can help with a wide variety of conditions because hemp naturally contains compounds which affect the endocannabinoid system, an internal pathway found in mammals. Nearly every tissue contains receptors which respond to the components found in cannabis, acting separately but holistically with the body’s other receptor systems.
- Control chronic pain & inflammation associated with arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and FIC/FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease)
- Act as a neuroprotective agent reducing seizure frequency and intensity
- Decrease nausea and stimulate appetite
- Reduce cancer-associated symptoms
- Aid in decreasing severity of dementia
- Reduce bronchial spasms in asthmatics
- Lower anxiety thus increasing focus during training sessions
- Support the immune system for conditions like food allergies and immune-mediated diseases
The Experts Say
The stories sound almost miraculous. A write-up on the American Veterinary Medical Association website talks about a man named Ernest Misko who gave marijuana tinctures to his 24-year-old cat, Borzo. In a couple of days, he was walking normally again, pain-free.
Sarah Brandon, DVM and the co-creator of the Canna Companion product line, also shared several experiences with The Conscious Cat. According to Brandon, older cats suffering from joint discomfort respond particularly well. The Canna Companion website also lists a variety of benefits from supporting the immune system to maintaining a healthy GI tract.