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Cannabis for Canines

Medicinal marijuana isn't just for human beings anymore. Meet the California company that sells therapeutic pet treats.

Damedeeso/istockphotoDamedeeso/istockphotoMedicinal marijuana isn't just for human beings anymore. Meet the California company that sells therapeutic pet treats.

Julianna Carella started Treatibles in 2013. She had been selling medicinal marijuana edibles for people since 2008 through her other business, Auntie Dolores. Treatibles makes gluten-free, vegan dog biscuits that contain cannabidiol but not THC. That means the treats can have calming effects and relieve pain without getting dogs high.

Carella claims her products can help control symptoms for a wide variety of conditions, including separation anxiety, hip dysplasia, arthritis, limited mobility, pain, aging, epilepsy, and cancer.

Heidi Hill sells Treatibles in her Berkeley store, Holistic Hound. "We've had a tremendous amount of feedback from customers," she says. "From it being a subtle change to very, very dramatic."

You don't need a vet's permission to buy the treats, and Treatibles can ship to states where medicinal marijuana is still illegal for human beings. The company hopes to launch cat-specific products later this year, to expand its offerings for dogs, and to develop treats for horses and other farm animals.

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  • toolkien||

    A whole new meaning to Scooby Snacks of they left the THC in.

  • bluecanarybythelightswitch||

    Fucking irresponsible idiots - weed is toxic for dogs. My wife is a veterinarian and she sees dogs all the time who have gotten into their owners weed. It's fine for people, but toxic for dogs and cats, just like NSAIDs.

  • Rational Exuberance||

    Cannabis ingestion looks like poisoning and I'm sure lots of owners go to see a vet when it happens, but treatment is actually rarely necessary. Furthermore, there are many NSAIDs that are safe and effective for dogs and are commonly prescribed (in the right dosage, of course).

  • Rational Exuberance||

    I should clarify that I still recommend going to a vet. It's just that in most cases, the vet will either do nothing or just induce vomiting. My point is simply that cannabis probably is no more toxic for dogs (relative to body weight) than for humans, and that just as in humans, intoxication goes away by itself. Chocolate is a much bigger concern.

  • bluecanarybythelightswitch||

    Redacted - didn't see that they removed the THC. Carry on.

  • bluecanarybythelightswitch||

    Redacted - didn't see that they removed the THC. Carry on.

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