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Cornell University Study Says Hemp Oil Works For Dogs In Pain

First Of Its Kind Pharmacokinetics Study On Cannabinoids For Dogs

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DanaSmith on Wednesday Feb 14, 2018

Cornell University Study Says Hemp Oil Works For Dogs In Pain


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First Of Its Kind Pharmacokinetics Study On Cannabinoids For Dogs


Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has just announced the findings of the first ever pharmacokinetic clinical trial on the effects of cannabinoids for dog pain.


The participating dogs in the study were suffering from multi joint pain and osteoarthritis. To conduct the 8-month double blind, placebo controlled study, Cornell collaborated with ElleVet Sciences. ElleVet Sciences was founded in Portland in 2017, and is in the business of creating soft-chew supplements for dogs made from proprietary hemp oil blends.The primary goal of the Cornell-ElleVet study was to understand how dogs metabolized ElleVet Mobility soft chews, which are hemp-based supplements also containing glucosamine and chondroitine, two natural compounds that may improve mobility in dogs with arthritis. Glucosamine and chondroitin are already being widely used by arthritic humans.


According to a press release, over 80% of the participating dogs in the study who used the ElleVet Mobility chews saw significant improvements compared to those who received a placebo. Vets who were involved in the study referred to the product as “a game changer that will change the face of veterinary medicine.”


The study was led by Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, Cornell associate professor and a veterinarian. He wrote a letter to the vet community recommending the product, saying that it had “very promising initial results” and that the researchers will continue analyzing if it has the potential to treat oncology and post-surgical pain. The letter also states: “Over the past 8 months we have conducted a pharmacokinetic and clinical trial on the efficacy of ElleVet Sciences CBD preparation on Osteoarthritis. To date our findings have confirmed that their product is safe and efficacious for pain in dogs with osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain and geriatric pain and soreness with dramatic beneficial effects in our more geriatric patients.”


ElleVet Mobility soft chews are available in 2 sizes for dogs above and below 50 pounds. The chews can only be prescribed by a veterinarian, and are safe to mix with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS). The drug isn’t addictive and doesn’t get dogs high, but as precaution should be kept out of children’s reach.


The Cornelle-ElleVet partnership is also currently studying how hemp oil affects cats using a product called ElleVet Feline.


CBD for Pet Care


Dogs and cats also have an endocannabinoid system, just like humans. While much more research is necessary for us to fully understand how cannabis works in pets, there are already several CBD products on the market for dogs.  


CBD has been promising so far in treating a wide range of ailments that dogs suffer from. For example, while we humans suffer from Alzheimer’s, the same condition in animals is known as Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. This disease is characterized by reduced functioning in the brain due to more plaque and microglia deposits, which lead to inflammation.


CBD can also protect the brain of aging dogs thanks to its neuroprotective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that when animal models were administered with cannabinoids, they still performed better in tests despite the presence of plaque in their brain. Researchers found out that this is because cannabinoids help activate microglia, which decreases inflammation and preserves mental function.


Pets also suffer from anxiety, another condition that CBD can treat. Pets are more prone to anxiety when they face separation from their owners, have to leave home, or encounter people or situations that they aren’t familiar with. Other factors such as thunder and fireworks can also cause severe anxiety in dogs, but CBD can help.




Even though science proves that CBD is safe for dogs, pet owners also need to proceed with caution should they wish to medicate their dogs with cannabis-based products.


According to Dr. Gary Richter of the Montclair Veterinary Hospital in Oakland, California, THC overdosing is still a concern. “Depending on how significantly a pet has been overdosed, the effects of that can be quite long-lasting, even days,” he says. However, he says that it’s “exceedingly rare” for dogs to suffer from life-threatening risks from cannabis. He also adds that the risk is greater when the pet consumes edibles that contain chocolate, raisins, or coffee

“Even if the THC toxicity is not excessive, they can sometimes have problems due to these other ingredients,” Richter says.


Pet owners should always consult a veterinarian if they wish to treat their dog with cannabis in any form.


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