This article was originally published in the Tampa Bay Times.
TAMPA — Concerned about the side effects of prescription medication, entrepreneur Angela Ardolino took a holistic approach to treating her nasty case of rheumatoid arthritis.
She tried using CDB oil.
When it worked for her, she reasoned that it would have similar benefits for her senior schnauzer, Odie, who also suffered from arthritis – but couldn’t find any natural products for pets in the United States.
So she set out to make her own.
After lending her support to passage of Florida’s Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana, Ardolino earned a degree in CBD oil’s therapeutic uses from the University of Vermont and partnered with Dr. Ashok Patel, a biochemist and essential oils expert, to found CBD Dog Health.
“Anything with a spine has an endocannabinoid system, which means any ailment that’s caused by any sort of inflammation can be treated with CBD oil – it’s essentially a natural anti-inflammatory,” said Ardolino, who also founded Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, Fire Flake Farm for rescue animals and Beautify the Beast, a pet grooming and boarding business.
Ardolino, 48, held an informational session Oct. 6 at the Chillum Glass Gallery and CBD Dispensary in Ybor City, answering questions from the public and giving away free bags of freeze-dried salmon oil pet treats, each formulated with 3-4 milligrams of CBD.