It’s no secret that people in the US love animals. According to a recent Harris Poll, more than three in five Americans (62%) have at least one pet, with ownership highest among Millennials (65%) and Gen X’ers (71%). What’s more is that nearly all pet owners (95%) consider their pets to be members of the family. Nearly half of pet owners (45%) say they’ve frequently or occasionally bought birthday presents for their pets. Three in ten (31%) say they frequently or occasionally cook especially for their pets.

One industry that has taken full advantage of pet owners treating their pets like family is the pharmaceutical industry. Knowing that massive profits could be made through the bodies of pets, drug companies have spent two decades brainwashing pet owners into thinking their dogs, cats, and horses need drugs in order to be healthy. 

The drug companies have spent billions of dollar convincing people of the same thing - that they need pharmaceuticals, synthesized drugs to maintain health. It’s not true. And people are beginning to take notice. Now, more than half of the US population lives in states that have access to medical marijuana. And as more pet owns use cannabis to treat their own symptoms and ailments, they are turning to it for their pets as well.

Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from CBD. In fact, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is good news for our furry friends. Many pet owners say CBD treatments have been working miracles for their beloved dogs and cats. 

Julianna Carella, maker of “Treatibles,” an edible for pets that is rich in CBD, says the demand for CBD pet products has increased substantially. 

“People are looking for alternatives for their pets,” Carella says. 

To hear Carella talk more about CBD for pets, join her at her PDX Weed Week talk titled “Phytocannabinoids for Animals,” scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, December 2. The talk is part of the PDX Weed Week lecture series. For Weed Week all-access passes, please visit pdxweedweek.com