Floppycats reader Teresa sent us the remaining cannabis pills that she had from Canna Companion for us to try. Canna Companion is a unique blend of Cannabis sativa strains, designed to enhance the medical benefits of the Cannabis plant while negating the ‘high-inducing’ capacity of THC.
This exchange came about when I mentioned to Teresa via email that I wondered if cannabis would help my cats be calmer at the vet. My vet has mentioned that I should put Charlie on gabapentin, a nerve pain medication and anticonvulsant, that helps to chill cats out with their wellness exams. I am not game to do that quite yet – but also want the vet to have the ability to fully check out Charlie without being clawed or bitten.
Teresa is well-versed in cannabis for cats because of giving it to her kitty, Mariposa. Mariposa has Interstitial Cystitis and Canna Companion (made from industrial hemp) has really helped her. You can read Cannabis for Cats: Mariposa’s Success Story here.
Teresa mentioned that she recently had to increase Mariposa’s dose of Canna Companion and had 10 pills left from her previous, smaller dose. So she said she’d send me those to try.
It’s funny – when I have posted about cannabis before – some of my posts have been flagged. Marijuana is also known as cannabis – however, it’s not entirely the same…and that’s why industrial hemp cannabis is legal in almost every state….whereas marijuana is only legal medically in about 20 states right now.
I am, however, of the belief, that I’d rather try an herb on my cat before I throw a chemical in my cat. Perhaps that’s because of my years of dealing with my own chronic disease…
How cannabis may benefit your pet:
- Mobility and Joints
- GI Tract
- Comfort and Care
My vet prescribes CBD oil (cannabis oil) for their “hospice” status cats to help them be more comfortable. But it isn’t the first thing they “recommend” because we are, after all, in the Midwestern USA and many people are still offended by the idea. However, companies like Canna Companion are helping to bridget that gap – as it is a product that was developed by vets and is completely safe – you can read more about it and how/why it is safe on their website.
Anyway, here is a short video of my cats being introduced to Canna Companion.
Teresa, thank you for sending these! We will use them as needed!
**Since I took this video, I did take Charlie to the vet for a puffy chin (think from a bug bite) and gave him one Canna Companion pill about 30 minutes before we went to the vet. I did not notice a big change in him. I might try two pills the next time. But there were a lot of factors that were involved, like the fact he had been at the vet only 1 week before for a dental (so he was extra anxious) and I would have preferred for the cannabis to be in his system longer than 30 minutes. I did not, however, see any negative side effects. Since this isn’t laced with THC (the stuff in Marijuana that makes you “high”), I wasn’t worried about giving him too much.
What do you think of using cannabis as way to calm your pet for specific situations?