Local dispensaries are turning to the ‘grey market' of CBD for pets.
Bryan Madle's 8-year-old dog, Arlo, was in bad health after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his rear limb. The official prognosis: The formerly highly athletic golden retriever mix was unlikely to be able to walk, much less run, without limping.
Arlo's muscle tissues were still not rebuilding quickly enough to make a difference eight weeks after surgery. The dog was in excruciating discomfort. Madle was ready to lend a hand in any way he could.
And, like so much else in our world, cannabis had a role in making things better.
“We decided to start using CBD as a kind of end-of-life care to make him more comfortable, not expecting much of a difference. He just stopped limping after a few weeks. We were astonished to find that he was recovering after a few more weeks. “The vet inquired what we were doing, and all we did was add a CBD regimen to help,” he explained.
Almost every recreational marijuana shop in Greater Lansing has embraced the lucrative market for cannabidiol, or CBD, the second most abundant active component in the cannabis plant, in addition to delivering some of the best cannabis in Michigan. Tinctures, gummies, ointments, and even suppositories contain it. CBD for dogs and cats is also available in a number of shops. While it won't get you high, cannabidiol regimens have been proven to be beneficial in treating pain, anxiety, inflammation, sleeplessness, and other common diseases by many customers (and pets).
Before we go into Madle's success story, it's vital to understand that he has a financial stake in its success. Blooming Botanicals, a wholesale CBD manufacturing facility in Lansing that also offers a CBD tincture particularly for pet usage, is managed by him and his girlfriend, Sarah Birney.
Nonetheless, he credits CBD with Arlo's complete recovery, which allowed him to remain mobility in his final years.