The Uses and Benefits of Medical Cannabis to Treat Diseases in Pets
Medical cannabis is used, among others, to treat diseases in pets. It has, for example, great qualities to treat epilepsy, there are even animals that react very well to cannabis, and have fewer episodes in a period of time, the post-episode is reduced and improved.
After law 1787 regulated the use of medical cannabis in 2016, in Colombia, both doctors and veterinarians can prescribe it to their patients without any inconvenience. The qualities of the derivatives of cannabis allow treating and prevention of diseases, and those people dedicated to animal care can obtain great results in the health of their pets.
Jorge Corredor, a veterinarian from the Universidad de Los Llanos and specialist in apitherapy and medicine with cannabis, assured that the treatment with this plant is customized and individualized and doses cannot be standardized.
“It is necessary to start with low doses and keep them that way; it has a duplicity effect, and that is that cannabis can remove or produce a symptom,” he added.
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The expert assured that another consequence it has is the entourage effect, since full spectrum cannabis, among all its parts and all its cannabinoids, has synergistic consequences for pets
“Medical cannabis is very interesting because it acts as a metabolic and psychological balancer; this is because all vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system, that is, we have cannabinoid receptors, which are depleted over time due to our bad habits,” he added.
These receptors are filled at the cellular level and regulate many things, such as endocrine, hepatic, and renal problems. Apart from that, it is a great psychological regulator, that is why when an animal or a human being consumes cannabis medicinally, they can sleep and rest better, be calmer, “with those two things one realizes that it is a great homeostatic balancer, it can be used to prevent and treat health conditions,” he added.
It has, for example, great qualities to treat epilepsy, there are even animals that react very well to cannabis, and have fewer episodes in a period of time, the post-episode is reduced and improved.
Jhon Betancurt, scientific director of the Veterinary Medicinal Cannabis Network, assured that there are two very strong lines that are being handled in Colombia. One is cannabis for industrial use, which is mainly hemp with low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) contents and plants that are used for up to five purposes; fiber, biofuel, seeds, and those seeds and the products they give, have incredible bromatological and nutritional properties.
“That line can be exploited in production animals, such as pigs, poultry, surely cattle, and on the other hand, there is the medicinal issue that could also be applied to this type of food,” he added.
The market is beginning to regulate magistral products, prepared by the pharmacist for an individualized patient, not for all animals in general. “We would start from an approach based on scientific evidence where we have a diagnosis already determined and we know exactly what the patient has,” he concluded.
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