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Cannabis Oil Effectively Treats Canine Lupus

Cannabis Oil Effectively Treats Canine Lupus
Written by PsychePen

A specific ratio of 3 to 1 CBD to THC was identified as most effective.

Researchers at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, have discovered that oral administration of cannabis oil can significantly reduce symptoms of discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) in dogs (canine lupus). This autoimmune-based skin disorder, which affects the nose and ears, showed remarkable improvement with cannabis oil treatment after traditional methods failed.

A recent study conducted by veterinary students and scientists at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in collaboration with the Cannabis Development and Innovation Center in Brazil, has yielded promising results in treating canine discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) with cannabis oil. DLE is a challenging autoimmune disorder that manifests in dogs’ skin, particularly around the nose and ears, leading to inflammation, hair and pigment loss, redness, and sometimes crusting ulcers.

Traditionally, DLE is managed with corticosteroids to alleviate inflammation, similar to human treatment protocols for related skin issues. However, in the study published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, a two-year-old mixed-breed dog with DLE unresponsive to standard treatments was administered cannabis oil, marking a novel approach to managing this condition.

The study explored the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis oil, which have been documented in both canine and human research without significant side effects. The treatment utilized a mix of oils, primarily focusing on cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), known for their anti-inflammatory effects. A specific ratio of 3 to 1 CBD to THC was identified as most effective.

The treatment commenced with a cautious approach, starting with a single oral drop daily for three days to monitor adverse reactions. With no negative effects observed, the dosage was continued for several weeks, leading to a noticeable reduction in DLE symptoms. Remarkably, after a year of consistent treatment, all signs of DLE were eradicated, and the dog has since been on a maintenance dose to prevent recurrence, with no further outbreaks reported.

Why It Matters: This breakthrough study highlights the potential of cannabis oil as an effective alternative treatment for canine discoid lupus erythematosus, offering hope for pets suffering from this and potentially other autoimmune disorders. It underscores the importance of exploring innovative treatments in veterinary medicine, especially when traditional methods fall short.

Potential Implications: The success of this study could pave the way for broader acceptance and use of cannabis-based treatments in veterinary practice. It may also stimulate further research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis for other autoimmune and inflammatory conditions in animals, potentially leading to safer, more natural treatment options.


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