If you have access to social media, chances are you have seen someone online touting that CBD cured their friend, neighbor, dogwalker, or mailman of cancer. It is easy to write it off as anecdotal evidence, but is there something to the claim that CBD can help with tumors and cancer? And if so, should you give your pet who has cancer or tumors a treatment of CBD?
Is there evidence that CBD treats tumors or cancer?
One of the primary uses of hemp extract is to treat cancer and tumors. Research conducted by A.B. Hancock Jr. Memorial Laboratory for Cancer Research, Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Pharmacology, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology, Center in Molecular Toxicology, Vanderbilt Ingram Comprehensive Cancer Center concluded that “The antiproliferative and apoptotic effects produced by some of these pharmacological probes [CBD] reveal that the endocannabinoid system is a promising new target for the development of novel chemotherapeutics to treat cancer.”
Another study published in 2018 found that CBD inhibits the growth of cancerous cells in mice with pancreatic and bladder cancer. Not only did CBD inhibit cancerous cell growth, but also proved to prevent future cancerous growths in the mice treated with CBD. The conclusion of this study noted that CBD could be a viable option to treat cancer in both humans and animals.
Do reputable veterinarians prescribe CBD or cannabis for pets in their care?
Of course, all of the studies in the world wouldn’t mean much if reputable veterinarians didn’t trust them and have evidence to prove that it works – which is why I asked Dr. Trina Hazzah, DVM, DACVIM, CVCH, veterinary oncologist at VCA Animal Hospital in Las Vegas (one of the largest and most respected veterinary hospitals in the world) if she uses CBD on her patients.
The short answer: Dr. Hazzah has used cannabis to treat her patients and has seen great success.
“Years and years ago, there was a little dog named Hammer,” says Dr. Hazzah. “He was a Jack Russel, and the owners came in and the dog had three cancers at the same time. He had low-grade lymphoma, bladder cancer, and an oral squamous cell carcinoma.”
Dr. Hazzah discussed all of the options with Hammer’s parents, and they decided quality of life was most important. They focused on targeted therapy, which was effective for about six months until it seemed to stop working as effectively.
“Around the five- or six-month mark, the oral cancer started to get so large that it took up his entire face,” says Dr. Hazzah. “The bladder cancer was getting worse, lymphoma was static. The owners went over the options again, and one of the things we discussed was cannabis. As an integrative oncologist I felt that I should guide them through the process to make sure it was safe. The dog was less than 20 pounds, so he had 1 mg of THC and 1 mg of CBD, twice a day, along with targeted therapy.”
Within two to three weeks, Hammer’s owner said his eye was starting to open a little bit more. A month after starting cannabis treatment, Hammer came in and Dr. Hazzah could not find the oral tumor at all.
“Not only could he open his eye, but when he opened his mouth, I just saw a little redness,” says Dr. Hazzah. “The tumor was not there. Hammer was happy, and this was just 1 mg. This goes back to my theory that it wasn’t the amount, it was what the cancer needed.”
Outside of oncology, veterinarians can use CBD to treat stress, anxiety, seizures, and arthritis. A lot of times, vets learn about CBD from their patients who self-wean their pets from the prescriptions and start using CBD.
Does CBD help skin cancer or tumors on skin as well?
At CBD Dog Health, we have tons of animals who successfully treated skin tumors and skin cancer with full spectrum hemp extract (CBD). One of my favorite success stories is of Olivia, the Maltipoo who had large tumors on her skin. Within just a few weeks of using our HEAL tincture and REMEDY salve, the tumors turned black and fell off. You can read more about it here: https://cbddoghealth.com/case-studies/.
Of course, these case studies are anecdotal, however they show a trend of cancer and tumors shrinking significantly under the regimen and care of a full spectrum hemp extract (CBD) tincture.
How much CBD should be used to treat a dog with cancer?
Despite common misconceptions, dosing has very little to do with your dog’s size or weight. Finding the right dosage depends on your specific dog, their specific ailment, and how sensitive their endocannabinoid system is. For fastest and most thorough absorption, lift the lip and apply dose directly onto the gums, as the most direct way into the bloodstream. If added to food, the medicine may not be as effective and can take significantly longer (30-45 min.) to reach the bloodstream as it works its way through the gastrointestinal system.
Based on research and from our experience, we recommend the following dosage:
Research shows success with 50-100 mg daily. We suggest starting with 35-50 mg (1-2 ml) daily and increase if needed.
Split the amount of mg into small portions throughout the day (micro-dosing) for best absorption and to keep it in the bloodstream. The medicine peaks at 2 hours and is gone from 4-6 hours. Make sure to shake the bottle before each use and always keep away from heat.
Unlike many traditional oral medications, research has proven that CBD is effectively and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. A study conducted by the Department of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel concluded that: “CBD was observed to have a large volume of distribution [in dogs studied].”In a study conducted by the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, dogs were found to have a substantial amount of receptors in their endocannabinoid system, specifically in the spine, which allows dogs to more effectively use CBD.
Your pet cannot overdose from CBD. If the dose is too high, they may become sleepy or experience diarrhea.
To learn more about CBD for your pet, visit www.cbddoghealth.com.
About Angela Ardolino
Angela Ardolino is passionate about animals and has dedicated her life to providing all-natural relief to pets of all ages and breeds. Ardolino has worked with animals for over 20 years and operates Fire Flake Farm, a rescue farm in Lutz, FL. A medical cannabis expert, Ardolino holds a degree in the therapeutic uses of cannabis from the University of Vermont School of Medicine and is the founder of CBD Dog Health. Combining her background in broadcast journalism and her passion for pets, Ardolino is the host of a pet-centric podcast, “It’s a Dog’s Life” on Cannabis Radio. Additionally, she is the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and spa. Ardolino has five dogs and up to 10 residing on her farm who she is fostering or boarding. Visit www.AngelaArdolino.com and www.CBDDogHealth.com to learn more.