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 With the proliferation of CBD products entering the burgeoning ‘wellness’ market, a lot of marketing attention is being given to pet products. Trace amounts of ‘non psychoactive’ CBD to keep your animal friends in peak physical and mental balance. But what about the well known health properties of THC?
To manufacture an optimum ‘wellness’ cannabis product surely THC must be in the mix?
The reason there is so much CBD about and no THC is simply, the law. Manufacturers are only using what they are allowed to use, to remain inside the law. THC is vital to optimum cannabinoid balance (in our opinion), but what about giving it to your pet? How will your hound react to getting ‘high’?
The scientific jury is still out. Most of the science is based on a personal opinion of how distressed the animal my become. But all studies note the animal suffers no lasting effects, just like any mammal. As with all mammals, humans included, cannabis is a very dose dependent medicine.

Our dogs have been receiving daily doses of full spectrum cannabis oil for years now. If we run out, or forget, or go away or something, the older pets get creaky very quickly. We haven’t made a transition to  purely CBD, or more precisely, a product with no more than 0.3% THC for the dogs. It is prohibitively expensive commercially for four dogs daily. They respond just fine to our cheap to make, end of harvest trim and bud extractions, diluted with some decent carrier oil.

This brings us to the title of this blog post. We received a great email from a farmer with a sick pet, a large sick pet. One of his Nguni cattle. He weighed up the pros and cons of what he know as a cannabis using mammal, and gave his sick cow a fat dose of THC oil.

This is his story:

“Howzit guys,

I thought you would find this cool.

About a year ago we had a cow that had extreme difficulty to calve. The calve was huge and was stuck inside her. After a struggle of many hours a team of 6 people finally got the calve out of her. In the process she had damaged nerves in the back side of her body which caused paralysis in her rear legs.

She had to be kept in the kraal and fed like a baby. I took her fresh cut grass and water a few times a day but we did not see her improving much and I was worried that she would not make it. She was very hurt. On day 2 I had a brainwave.. I came home took 1g of RS concentrate, diluted it in some oil and fed it to her. 

The next morning I got up really early. I did not sleep well because I was worried about her. On arrival at the kraal I was shocked to find that she had got up, forced open the gate and went looking for food. I quickly spotted her, still very wobbly but on a mission to eat. After that she improved very quickly. Today she is about 8 months pregnant and she will soon try to calve for the second time.

Since then we have had a few more cases of very sick animals that we pulled through with THC oil and its a standard treatment for basically any disease or problem we have. The next step would be to grow hemp for them and introduce it in their daily diets as well as a daily maintenance dose of THC as a supplement. Cattle need to eat and sleep well, have no pain or stress and be happy. 
They seem to love the oil. Just today I treated a cow called Ghost with her second 250mg dose to help her recover from disease. She is very sick and we hope she recovers. Just like with humans, the animal medicine trade is just as corrupt. Any farmer could easily grow enough zol and make their own medicine. We pay nearly R200 for a single dose of anti-inflammatory for a cow. Id rather give her a ml of THC concentrate..”

You make up your own mind about helping your animal companions with THC. There’s enough online opinion on the subject, but remember – it’s only an opinion. We’ve made up our mind, and so has this farmer. We feel there are no lasting negative effects, only positive effects, and once you’re sure of the dose, ie. your dog isn’t staring at the skirting boards all day, we would recommend it, certainly for an ageing dog.

We’d love to read your comments on the subject. Is it cool? Is it morally reprehensible? or are your pets already seeing the world in full HD psychedelic glory all day every day, and a dose of weed to them is all a bit passe?