The Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has raised more than $2million to study epilepsy in dogs according to this article. Many people, and dogs, have been using CBD for epilepsy, and there are already many studies showing the benefits of it. This research is very important in animals as well, because epilepsy is the leading neurological disorder of dogs.
Because so many dogs are drug-resistant or acquire side effects that are not tolerable, it is even more important for these studies to be done. Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will conduct this study led by board-certified veterinary neurologist Dr. Stephanie McGrath. The article states that, “up to 30% of dogs receiving standard anti-epileptic therapy remain uncontrolled for their seizures, and the side effects of the antiepileptic drugs are often unacceptable.”
This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover clinical trial study will help illustrate how effective CBD can be for these dogs that are not tolerating standard medication. “The timeliness and importance of research into the role of Cannabis in veterinary medicine cannot be emphasized enough,” stated Dr. McGrath. “With the changing public perception of Cannabis, it is time that we put science behind the stories and claims. We need to know if this drug is safe and if it works. If CBD is effective for treating epilepsy, it has the potential to save the lives of dogs around the world.”
New studies like this are occurring regularly for various issues, but it’s so early on, that very few of them are of this scale. Dr. Mary Smith, a CHF board member, and the Chairman of CHF’s Scientific Review Committee says, “This study has the potential to provide a much-needed new tool for veterinarians to treat dogs with epilepsy. A study of this scope is required to prove the efficacy of this plant-based therapy for dogs, and CHF is proud to take the lead on this research effort.”
During 2017, you can donate to this study by visiting the CHF Peilepsy Initiative donation page. All donations up to $250,000 will be matched by the American Kennel Club.
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