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Pot for Pets: Benefits of CBD Oil for Furry Friends

Stacey Wellington

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Cannabis and Pets

Many American individuals or households consider dogs, cats or other domesticated animals as part of the family. According to data published by the American Pet Products Association, 60.2 million US households own at least one dog, 47.1 million at least one cat and 12.5 million at least one freshwater fish in 2017-2018. In terms of pet population, freshwater fish tops the list with 139.3 million, followed by cats with 94.2 million and dogs with 89.7 million.

Americas’ Love for Pets

And these pets are not just a mere companion; they also receive lavish treatment just like a human family member. Americans, particularly millennials, prefer to choose pets over human companions and love interests. According to the Institute for Family Studies, instead of starting a family, many 20-somethings opt to buy dogs or cats. A study by the American Pet Products Association echoed this finding, saying that 73% of this demographic own a pet.

Not only that, since 2012, these cuddly companions are getting a greater share of the personal income of their owners. As of 2017, Americans are spending $70 billion a year on products and services for their pets. Now, pooches and kitties have their spa and grooming day. They also get pampered by their owners with expensive food. In a recent The Wall Street Journal report, millennials are feeding their pets with expensive food than even well-known brands like Pedigree or Purina. In another study, this time by Nielsen, households spend around 37% on pet food every year between 2007 to 2017. With this lavish treatment, dogs and pets are not just best friends for many Americans — they are “fur children” for this cohort.

Couple with Their Pet

Vet Health Care

As pampered “kids,” pets now receive the best health care than in the previous generations. From 1991 to 2015 spending for veterinary care ballooned from $4.5 billion to $35 billion. As the demand for veterinary care surges, experts also forecast the pet health insurance industry to double from slightly over $1 billion in 2017 to $2 billion in 2022. The market is growing at a rate of more than 14% per year.

Pet owners like you can use their coverage to provide treatment to pets, which are getting as costly and complicated as human health care. Nowadays there are diagnostic testing with an MRI machine that costs a whopping $400 per scan. Moreover, veterinarians are now providing treatment to advance clinical conditions in animals. They are now treating dogs for depression and other mental health issues. Cats suffering from arthritis and fractures can now get water therapy.

Not only that, some veterinarians are giving holistic medical treatment to our ailing fur friends. You can now hear clinics that administer acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathic, chiropractic, and laser therapy. Some veterinarians also prescribe herbal supplements to avoid the dangerous side effects that your furry friends get from traditional prescription medicine.

CBD Oil for Pets

Just as the pet healthcare industry is booming, so as the medical cannabis industry in humans. Both markets saw exponential growth over the past years, and there are no signs of slowing down. The cannabis industry — particularly cannabidiol (CBD) — is expected to generate $22 billion in total sales by 2022.

In humans, CBD and other substances from marijuana and hemp are providing a host of medical benefits. More and more studies about this wonder therapeutic substance are proving its efficacy. Now that 33 states legalize medicinal marijuana, more consumers are trying to incorporate this compound to their health and wellness regimen as many patients report improvement in their condition after taking cannabis products such as CBD oil and THC oil.

Many pet owners are also giving doses of CBD oil and other products to their pets after hearing testimonials in the news or from their friends and experiencing relief first-hand. They believe that their ailing pets will receive the same benefits just like humans.

The cannabis hype becomes more resounding after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that lifts the ban for hemp-derived products, including cannabidiol. Now, pet care companies are including CBD oil in their products. Because CBD has no psychoactive effect, it is regarded safe by medical organizations, including the WHO. The claim of CBD’s safety and its numerous health benefits for humans and mammals attract more and more dog owners to buy these products for their ailing furry friends, many veterinarians say.

While some vet healthcare professionals are still doubtful of cannabidiol’s potency to pets because of lack of scientific research, many cannabis researchers and veterinary health specialists prescribe CBD oil mainly for the following reasons:

  • All Animals Have ECS

All animals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Even primitive animals like sea squirts are found to have cannabinoid receptors, which comprise a considerable part of the ECS. This system in our body is responsible for balance body functions including pain and appetite. It can also influence the development of neurodegenerative disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and even some types of cancer. The CBD can stimulate the ECS, which can result in improved homeostasis and reduction in pain sensation and inflammation.

  • CBD has no harmful effect on animals

Unlike THC, the other compound from cannabis with health benefits, CBD gives no “high” on animals. THC oil and other products can be dangerous to animals, said Dr Gary Richter, a veterinarian of 20 years and a cannabis researcher for pets in an interview with GreenState. He said that even a minute quantity of THC in the blood of animals could lead to various complications, including death.

CBD Health Benefits for Pets

Cat Pet

Veterinarians and cannabis experts who look forward to the CBD as medication for pets say the compound can provide the following health benefits for animals:

  • Relieves chronic and severe pain

There is no other devastating sight for a pet lover than seeing a furry friend wriggling in pain. Injecting or administering CBD oil for pain can a potent relief to a suffering pet. The cannabinoid oil can temporarily stop the body from absorbing anandamide, a neurotransmitter that helps lower pain signals in the brain.

  • Reduces anxiety

Just like humans, dogs and cats too, suffer from separation anxiety and noise phobias. Dogs that experience anxiety show symptoms such as aggression, drooling, panting, urinating or defecating in the house, destructive behavior, excessive barking, restlessness, compulsive behaviors, and depression. If not treated, an anxious pooch might either act aggressively toward people or become withdrawn or inactive. CBD calm the mind and relieve stress.

  • Has a potent anti-inflammatory property

Cannabidiol also has an anti-inflammatory property. For many researchers and doctors, this property is one of the main reasons this substance is highly useful in healing a wide variety of health issues.  Aside from reducing the pain from arthritis, CBD can also treat multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel disease and other conditions brought about by inflammation.

  • Stops Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting can lead to many worrisome symptoms like lack of appetite, diarrhea, dehydration, rapid weight loss, and fatigue. Many studies have proven that CBD hemp oil can control nausea and vomiting while improving appetite.

  • Treats Seizures and Epilepsy

According to estimates, around 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures given drugs like phenobarbital and potassium bromide, which can be extremely harmful to their liver and other organs. One of CBD’s most popular uses is its capacity to help treat seizures, spasms, tics, and tremors. Some studies even showed the cannabinoid oil is instrumental in restoring order to neurons that causes the seizures.

  • Promotes heart health

Cannabidiol is beneficial for the heart of both humans and pets. Studies found that this compound can limit the damage from dysfunctional blood vessels and irregular heartbeat. This compound can also protect blood vessels from getting damaged and dilation of the arteries.

  • Protects the nervous system

Like humans, many dogs also suffer problems in their nervous system such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Cannabidiol has the amazing capacity to restore damaged brain parts.

  • Slows down tumor growth

Like humans, cancer and malicious tumors affect pets. Many animals receive chemotherapy as a treatment for this fatal disease. However, this treatment can lead to a variety of side effects, including fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. CBD can relieve pets from these side effects. What’s more, some studies prove the compound has anticancer effects on their body.

Recommended Dosage

Giving CBD hemp oil to your pets should be guided by a veterinarian. First, you should consult a veterinarian to make sure that the compound will not interfere with your pet’s treatments, medications or health conditions.

Most veterinarians prescribe an initial dosage of 1mg of CBD for every 10 lbs. of the pet’s body weight, once or twice a day. You can gradually increase the dosage of CBD every week until you see progress in their health. Also, take time to monitor your pet for hours after giving them CBD to ensure they are okay.

CBD oil provides a wide range of benefits for humans and pets alike. Just make sure to consult with veterinarians to avoid putting your pet pals in danger.

 

Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Demetrix Gains $50m in Series A Funding, Aims to Brew Cannabis

Stacey Wellington

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Demetrix Funds to Brew Cannabis

Demetrix Inc. recently announced its successful foray into the Series A funding round. Following this, the company garnered $50 million, which the business states will be used for researching and producing synthetic cannabinoids in the market.

The Series A funding round was led by Tuatara Capital, a New York-based investment group, together with Horizon Ventures, a Hong Kong-based firm. Based on the press release by the cannabis firm, Horizon Ventures also participated in the Series Seed round, contributing $11 million to the business.

Shaping the Future

Demetrix’s press release revealed that the global market for cannabinoids are slated to reach $100 billion comes 2029. Alongside the boom of this industry, Demetrix intends to “help the world benefit from nature’s rarest ingredients.”

Besides brewing, the startup is also looking to isolate the cannabinoids. The firm also looks to expand the business and commercialize its products in the future. With more than 100 cannabinoids being explored by the California-based startup, it believes that it can cater to different consumer product companies, including the pharmaceutical and supplement sector.

To achieve their goals, the California-based company reportedly intends to use baker’s yeast to yield a larger volume of cannabinoids. Through the company’s “industry-leading fermentation technology that accelerates the production of cannabinoid,” it hopes to shape the future of the field.

Continued Show of Support

Both Tuatara Capital and Horizon Ventures released statements revealing their promising futures by working with the cannabis firm. In the press release, Tuatara Capital partner, Marc Riiska shares that they believe Demetrix has what it takes to “consistently produce high purity, single cannabinoids in a process that easily scales to meet demands.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Zhang of Horizon Ventures state that “Demetrix is uniquely positioned to bring these compounds to market in a cost-efficient way.”

Industry Background

Demetrix chief executive officer Jeff Ubersax is planning to use technologies surrounding yeast genetics and biochemistry and applying this to cannabis. Although the business employs the same method of brewing beer, the fermentation process using the marijuana plant will produce synthetic cannabinoids instead.

While the company’s approach to making a larger volume of cannabinoids sounds promising, Tech Crunch notes the startup “has a long way to go before it becomes competitive with extracts from the marijuana plant.”

As of writing, the company has successfully raised a total of $61 million.

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Research Found Recreational Marijuana Users End Up Consuming the Plant as Medicine

Jordan Webber

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Recreational Marijuana

Many cannabis users who buy in Colorado adult-use cannabis dispensaries use the product as a medicine, a study revealed.

The study found that people who purchase items that are supposedly for fun have used them to treat specific health issues, like chronic pain and sleep disorders. The researchers led by Marcus Bachhuber of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York said customers of adult-use cannabis usually end up consuming it for symptom relief.

The combined research team from the New York-based college and the University of Miami polled 1,000 customers in two Colorado dispensaries between August 2016 and October 2016. Around 65% of the respondents said they used marijuana for pain relief, while 74% reported using the plant to promote sleep.

The study was recently published in the “Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.”

Potent Prescription Medicine Alternative

The respondents ended up using cannabis for medical reasons because of its potency. Many of the respondents who use marijuana for health reasons said that using the plant helped them to reduce the use of other medicines. More than two-thirds (82%) reported cutting or stopping their prescription medications.

Nearly 90% of those who purchased cannabis for pain relief said they had reduced or stopped taking opioid pain relievers. Meanwhile, 87% of users who use marijuana as a sleeping aid reported they minimized or halted their use of over-the-counter taking aids. Moreover, 83% of those taking medicine sleeping pills said cannabis helped cut down or stopped their use of these medications.

While the study has somehow shown the potency of cannabis for medical use, it has some limitations. Of the 1,000 study respondents, 90% were below the age of 50. Less than half (42%) of them were women while a little more than half (66%) were white.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) deputy director Paul Armentano backed the findings of the study. In a press release, he said that the study proved the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana. He also acknowledged its possibility as an alternative medication to prescription medications, particularly opioids.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the U.S. die following an opioid overdose. The agency admitted that the abuse and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids is a national crisis. Prescription opioid misuse costs the U.S. $78.5 billion a year and affects not only public health, but also impacts social and economic welfare.

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Minnesota Approved Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s

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Minnesotta OK'd Medical Cannabis for Alzheimers

Starting July 1, all registered patients with Alzheimer’s disease can begin registering for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. This will enable them to purchase medical marijuana from the state’s two manufacturers starting August 1, the High Times reported.

The recent approval marked Alzheimer’s disease addition to the 14 conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana in Minnesota. This includes cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette Syndrome, ALS, seizures (e.g. epilepsy), severe and persistent muscle spasms (e.g. multiple sclerosis), inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease), terminal illness, intractable pain, PTSD, Autism, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Alzheimer’s disease is the only qualifying condition approved by Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm among the seven new conditions proposed by a citizen’s review panel. Conditions that didn’t make the cut includes hepatitis C, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, panic disorder, psoriasis, and traumatic brain injury.

“Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Health Commissioner Malcolm. “However, there is some evidence for potential benefits of medical cannabis to improve the mood, sleep, and behavior of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”

Currently, there are more than 94, 000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s living in Minnesota, and 254, 000 people providing care for loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

For the next 30 days, the Minnesota Department of Health is expected to be working in registering Alzheimer’s patients to the state’s medical marijuana program. Among the requirements included for a patient to obtain medical cannabis is for a licensed health care practitioner to certify that the patient indeed has the disease.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. It’s a neurodegenerative disorder that happens when plaques containing beta-amyloid develop in the brain. This leads to cognitive impairments, such as problems with one’s memory, thinking, and behaviour. As of today, there is still no available cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, various studies show that cannabis helps improve symptoms or slow the rate of decline in Alzheimer’s patients.

The recent move by Minnesota marked its entrance into the twelve U.S. states that have included Alzheimer’s disease in the list of their qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.

“I believe that advanced dementia patients with tremendous anxiety, restlessness, and pain will benefit,” wrote Dr. William Orr, a Minneapolis-based geriatric psychiatrist who supported the petition.

“Such patients are episodically distraught and become quickly angered and paranoid of staff trying to help them due to their confusion and inability to understand their circumstances,” he added.

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