Cannabis Therapies For Pets with Dr. Stephanie McGrath

Podcast with Dr. Stephanie McGrath

Cannabis-based therapies With Dr. Stephanie McGrath, Associate Professor, Neurology at Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University today on It’s A Dog’s life with Angela Ardolino. Dr. McGrath is an absolute rising star in the field of veterinary CBD research and she’s leading the pack with cutting-edge clinical trials and groundbreaking discoveries about dogs with epilepsy and other neurological diseases. We’re biased because we’ve had the pleasure of working with Dr. McGrath, but we think no matter who you are, you’re bound to be blown away by this veterinary superstar. Cannabis-based therapies have been used for centuries for various medicinal purposes. They have recently gained publicity as an effective medication for use in human medicine and, as such, awareness is increasing among veterinarians and pet owners. However, side effects, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy in dogs are not known.

About Angela Ardolino

Angela Ardolino Schnauzer Odie

Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of  Beautify the Beast a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit for more information.

About Dr. Stephanie McGrath

Dr. Stephanie McGrath is Associate Professor, Neurology at Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University and the leader in the field of veterinary CBD research. After multiple years on the clinic floor at the CSU James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, McGrath got to know a trend in canine epilepsy and seizures. Knowing the medications prescribed to these animals with epilepsy were causing negative side effects and dogs were still having seizures- she set out to find something better. After the first cannabis drug was approved for human epilepsy in 2018, she needed to explore i’s potential for dogs. Dr. McGrath launched her first cannabis study in 2016 with 16 dogs who had epilepsy. After 89% of dogs who received CBD in the trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures, he needed to do more. Then, she launched her bigger study in 2018 with 60 dogs with epilepsy which is going to be complete in the next few weeks.