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Grayson Acri, Staff Reporter

Pets are our buddies that seem to always be happy, hungry and just a bit confused. For readers of this section, the same could likely be said of many of us on some evenings. 

Dogs and cats, unlike us, are not high — nor should they be. Please keep any cannabis products out of the reach of your pets; it’s dangerous. 

That being said, there are certain conditions and situations wherein medicinal cannabis is warranted as an option. Much like in humans, certain conditions like seizures, chronic pain, epilepsy and various others can be aided by cannabidiol. 

“What’s interesting about (CBD treatment) I think is that it does appear to be very well tolerated. … A lot of the drugs we give dogs for these conditions have a lot of bad side effects.” –Stephanie McGrath, associate professor at Colorado State University

For both dogs and cats, CBD treatments are designed to treat similar conditions to humans, such as pain, anxiety, nausea or low appetite. 

Stephanie McGrath, associate professor in neurology and neurosurgery at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is looking into CBD treatments for dogs with chronic pain: arthritis in older dogs, anxiety and separation anxiety, epilepsy, dementia and brain cancer. 

“Some of the studies I’m doing are based on the studies that they’re doing in human medicine,” McGrath said. “Some of it is also just what pet owners…

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