– Is it ever a good idea to get your dog or cat stoned? California veterinarian Doug Kramer says the answer depends on whether your pet could be classified as a medical marijuana patient. “I do think there are therapeutic benefits to it,” says Kramer, who some years ago found that his homemade pot tinctures helped his own dog, a husky named Nikita, fight pain and regain her appetite after she came down with cancer. Despite the spread of medical pot laws around the country, marijuana still remains taboo within the veterinary establishment; its medical journals won’t publish anything about it, and Kramer is one of the few veterinarians even willing to discuss using medical marijuana for pets. He points out that a slew of medical studies on the effects of pot have relied on rats and dogs as substitutes for humans, suggesting that “mammals have the same cannabinoid receptors as humans do” and “would benefit in the same ways.” Perhaps the nation’s only overtly 420-friendly vet, Kramer has crowdsourced a slew of research on pot for pets. Through submissions to his website, VetGuru.com, and surveys distributed at pot dispensaries, he has amassed more than 500 case studies, the vast majority of them positive, he says. Most people use cannabis to treat their dogs and cats for pain, seizures, and inflammation stemming from arthritis. About 20 percent of phone calls to Kramer’s office now come from other cannabis-curious vets.
Turns out your buddy blowing weed smoke in his dog’s face was actually doing the pooch a solid. Or not. Who knows the science isn’t really here yet. What IS here is money and attention, and boy oh boy do doctors love money and attention. Doesn’t matter that just a couple months ago Huffpo was writing about people almost killing their dogs by getting them high as shit for no reason — we’re off that. Time for vets to keep their eyes forward and embark on a new and exciting journey: trying to convince the government that pets need weed.
Personally I love the idea. I make a living posting funny videos on the internet. An influx of “check out my kitten he’s high as fuck” videos on YouTube can only make my job and life easier. Will putting weed butter in dogs’ food help them with arthritis or make their cancer treatments more bearable? No idea. But if legal weed for pets means more fail videos and horse bong rip Photoshops on the internet then my dude I’m all for it.