The non-intoxicating cannabis compound CBD has already proven itself to be an effective epilepsy treatment for humans and now it looks like it might be able to do the same for dogs.
While the use of medical marijuana to help soothe canine anxiety and pain has been on the rise for some time now, new research shows cannabis may be able to help the 6 percent of dogs worldwide that suffer from seizures. A recent study led by the University of Colorado's Dr Stephanie McGrath showed that nearly 90 percent of epileptic dogs showed a reduction in seizures when they consumed CBD.
"There was a significant reduction in seizure activity," McGrath explained. "The higher the CBD in the dog's bloodstream, the greater seizure reduction we achieved."
While McGrath's study was relatively small—consisting of only 16 epileptic dogs and failing to meet the 50 percent effectiveness threshold—it could act as a stepping stone to more conducive research.
"It's really exciting that perhaps we can start looking at CBD in the future as an alternative to existing anticonvulsive drugs," said McGrath.
This new research comes as lawmakers in some of the more marijuana-friendly US states (like California) have begun debating legalizing medical marijuana for pets. So it might not be too long before medicinal cannabis becomes a regular part of veterinary practice.
h/t The GrowthOp