Originally Posted by wildo
So we should dope them up on synthetic drugs instead of natural plants? I'm failing to see the logic. I also think it would be good if universities were able to do studies on the benefits of medical marijuana usage in animals. There's no reason to think that if it can help humans (which it's been proven to do so) that it shouldn't be able to help other mammals.
I am going to guess universities don't have the funding for things like that. High Times doesn't fund a lot of pet research is my guess.
Just because something is natural doesn't mean it is going to be good for a dog. I have a dog going in for surgery in 2 weeks and I've taken her off all her joint supplements and fish oil.
Like Rocket said, it's a hallucinogen. And like blehmannwa said in talking to vets and vet specialists, it doesn't act in the same way in dogs as it does in humans. I am sure they have considered it. Here is some info from vets: Colorado Vets See Spike In Cases Of ‘Stoner Dogs’ CBS Denver
At this current time, there are really good meds for nausea and to increase appetite. They are generally not used long-term and most are crossover drugs from humans. These are not drugs that dope up dogs, they are for dogs who are having serious issues that cause them to not feel like eating, or feeling nauseous, and provide relief until the dog is back on their feet, or has to be let go if they are unable to recover (terminal illnesses where the drugs help the dogs maintain a quality of life - palliative care).