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July 25, 2013

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Now the conservative Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association has published an article about the medical benefits of marijuana to animals, which include helping alleviate nausea and pain, especially in terminal cancer patients, and improving appetite and even separation anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome.

Research has shown that the mammalian brain contains cannabinoid (cannabis-sensitive) receptors, which help modulate neurological and behavioral functions. Other cannabinoid receptors are associated with immune system function.

So-called endocannabinoids, which are generated in the body during strenuous physical activity, account for the runner’s high and running dogs’ euphoria.

Some human medical properties also may be applicable to animals, including anti-glaucoma, anti-epileptic/anti-seizure, anti-spastic, anti-anxiety, antidepressant, anti-nausea, anti-spasmodic, anti-asthmatic, anti-cancer (especially brain gliomas) and analgesia for a variety of conditions, including phantom limb and migraine.

Prohibition has for too long denied suffering human and non-human patients the benefits of this herb. It also has led to the outrageously unjust imprisonment of thousands of people for possession and to the deaths of many more in the drug wars, which the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, contends would end with America legalizing marijuana.

As a Schedule 1 drug in the U.S., it is illegal for veterinarians to prescribe this beneficial herb to animal patients, a situation that needs to be rectified, from my perspective, by the veterinary profession adding its voice to the mounting pressure on the federal government to change the Schedule classification of marijuana and make it more available, legally, for those in need.

Send mail to animaldocfox@gmail.com or to Dr. Michael Fox in care of Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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