Many people disagree with testing drugs on animals before giving them to humans, but what about testing drugs on humans before giving them to animals? That’s exactly what is happening with cannabis.
There are several companies that have developed hemp based products for animals, that are mostly intended for dogs. The edible products are suggested for a variety of ailments but most seem to focus primarily on joint conditions for older dogs, neurological health and calm demeanor.
Most of the companies cite anecdotal evidence of their efficacy or a veterinarian supporting the supplements, but there don’t seem to be any studies supporting the use of these products for animals. The studies that most of the products use for validation are studies on humans, not animals. A grand irony for all the years animals have been used as study subjects for human drugs.
Cannabis Animal Chews Are Human Tested
Using cannabis on animals isn’t without precedent. When cannabis was a legal medicine at the turn of the century, it was listed for use on animals. In a Parker-David pharmaceutical catalog from 1912, medical cannabis was extensively used in the veterinary field, but it was mostly intended for human use and the difference was only in the dosage. Here’s an excerpt from the catalog:
FLUID EXTRACT – CANNABIS AMERICANA (No. 596 – per 8th U.S.P.) – pg. 14: – Tested physiologically Dose, 2 to 6 drs., narcotic, analgesic, sedative. May be often used in place of opium with the best results, especially in spasmodic disorders and in genito-urinary irritation: also in persistent cough and in hysteria, as well as in such painful affections as flatulent and spasmodic colic, pruritus and neuralgia, and to relieve spasms of chorea: also to quiet refractory animals for standing operations. This fluid extract, prepared from the home-grown cannabis, is in every respect equal to that produced from the expensive East Indian drug.