My dog Ramon, has been having some back issues which is causing his hind legs to be very weak. Over the last year, we have been doing several things to help him walk better with some success. We started with acupuncture, then we did the under water treadmill and Chinese herbs. This all helped him a lot and at the start of summer him was walking so well that the vet doing the physical therapy released him and told us to go swim him at the lake. So this summer he got to spend time doing what he really loved and that is swimming in the lake chasing balls. The only problem, he started to get worse instead of staying at the same level he was when we stopped the treadmill. So we kept trying different ways to get his back legs working. We were walking him in the water thinking that would be similar to the treadmill, but when he would get out, he could barely walk. His walking continued to decline and we were getting desperate as to what to do for our boy. He is only 11 and we hope to have him around for a few more years! Besides, he is still happy and enjoying life, so it was clear we had to keep trying.
That's when I went to talk about the use of cannabis for our companion animals. I hadn't researched it much before, but after the talk, I felt this just may be the thing that could help. I started him on CBD which comes from the hemp plant. Hemp and marijuana are similar, but hemp has very low THC and high CBD, while marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD. Research has shown that CBD works as an anti-inflammatory and pain control. It also is very good for neurological disorders. The vets that I had taken Ramon to felt that his condition was a congenital spine disease and so the nerves going to his back legs are not getting the signal all the way from the brain to the legs. Since this is a neurological problem, I figured I would give the CBD oil a try. After two weeks on the oil twice a day, he is doing so much better! He isn't walking long distances, but he is walking and every day there is a little more improvement.
Here's an article where you can read more about the use of CBD for your companion animals. Here is a link for the CBD that I have Ramon on which doesn't have any THC in it and is very pure.
CBD has also been used to treat cancer tumors successfully. At the talk I attended, there was a slide of a dog with a tumor in his mouth. The tumor was large and after a month taking CBD, the tumor was almost gone! How great is that!
Check it out for yourself and decide if CBD is right for your pet!