If You Love Dogs – But Believe in the Drug War – Please Read This Post About Medical Marijuana for Pooches.

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It has always surprised me that many human beings
seem more moved by the suffering of animals – especially doggies
and kitty cats – than by the suffering of, well, human beings. If
Hotel
Terminus is a disturbing, heartbreaking, rage-inducing
story, then Hotel Terminus…For
Dogs ;would ;simply be unwatchable!
This cross-species empathy plays out in all sorts of odd and
disturbing (to me) ways, especially in drug war stories. Often, it
means that public outrage is highest not when living, breathing
people are shot or killed but when exactly the same sort of
violence happens to puppys. When cops or a SWAT team commit
homicide, folks may or may not be outraged. But when cops or SWAT
teams commit puppycide, the outrage blows through the roof. The
upside of puppycide,
which even has its own topic tag at Reason.com? It reaches a part
of the public that otherwise doesn’t get too riled up about
violations of basic rights and common decency.
And with that as an intro, let me direct you to the next
front in the drug war: Medical marijuana for dogs.
Look, it’s one thing if grandma’s head is pounding due to
migraines and cataract pressure or if Biff can’t choke down meals
due to wasting syndrome, but it’s a whole other story when Sampson
the Rottweiler gets the runs due to cancer:

Christine stumbled upon a controversial homemade herbal remedy
that she credits with enormously improving her dog’s quality of
life. She’s grateful that, in his final year, Sampson weighed in at
a robust 106 pounds and lived free of the wracking pain that had
haunted him. Whereas before Sampson had been too weak to walk,
almost overnight he became a born-again youngster. “He was a puppy
again, happy and playful,” Christine recalls. “He’d trot around the
house with his toys in his mouth, wanting to play fetch!”
The name of the controversial herbal remedy Sampson took?
Cannabis.

And yet, there are still vets who, just
like doctors for humans, refuse to open their minds and their eyes
to what’s right in front of them. Don’t they understand that most
dogs aren’t looking for a cheap high (not that there’s anything
wrong with that), they’re just trying to do what works for
them.

Despite mounting scientific evidence proving the herb’s potent
pain-relieving property – plus increasing anecdotal evidence from
dog owners who’ve experimented with MM successfully – the
veterinary mainstream wants cannabis weeded out, citing the risks
of overdose and carcinogenic secondhand smoke.
As Ohio vet Neal J. Sivula explains, “I am very frustrated by
veterinarians’ seeming lack of interest in exploring this
potentially very useful plant, Dr. Kramer being the exception. I am
gathering that most veterinarians have not followed the changes in
genetic strains of MM [medical marijuana]. Most think of MM only in
terms of what might be purchased for illicit use and haven’t done
their research to know that strains have been developed with an eye
toward pain control, nausea relief, and appetite stimulation with
minimal reported side effects [in people].”
Although it’s understandable why ;vets
frown on sharing pot with pets ;for recreational purposes,
when marijuana is administered orally via a tincture, in precise
dosages prescribed by a vet with the goal of relieving unbearable
pain, the smoke risk is eliminated, and the herb appears to do much
more good than harm. Plus, cannabis doesn’t adversely impact the
liver, as many medications do. That’s why, for every vet who
opposes cannabis, there’s another open to giving it a try – once
it’s legalized. ;

Read
the whole thing here.
Hat Tip: Veronique de Rugy.

Link:

If You Love Dogs – But Believe in the Drug War – Please Read This Post About Medical Marijuana for Pooches.


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