Studies on CBD for Canine Epilepsy with Dr. Stephanie McGrath on Your Natural Dog Podcast

CBD for epilepsy seizures studies research on cannabis cbd for dogs with epilepsy dr. stephanie mcgrath on your natural dog podcast

Cannabis-based therapies have been used for centuries for various medicinal purposes. As awareness of the benefits of cannabis therapy is increasing among veterinarians and pet owners, research is still catching up on the benefits, possible side effects, and overall efficacy and safety of cannabis-based therapy for pets. In this episode of Your Natural Dog with Angela Ardolino, we’re joined by Dr. Stephanie McGrath, veterinary neurologist and leading the pack in veterinary CBD research, with cutting-edge clinical trials and groundbreaking discoveries about dogs with epilepsy and other neurological diseases. 

Episode Recap: 

  • First Study on CBD for Dogs with Seizures
  • Impact of Conventional Pharmaceuticals and Treatments
  • History of Cannabis Medicine
  • Clinical Studies on CBD
  • CBD for Dogs with Epilepsy
  • Helping Dogs with CBD
  • Dosing CBD for Seizures
  • Safety of CBD for Dogs

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About Angela Ardolino

Angela ArdolinoAngela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert and educator who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. Angela owns and operates Fire Flake Farm, a rescue animal sanctuary farm, and two locations of her natural pet salon and shop Beautify the Beast. She’s also the founder and formulator of CBD Dog Health, which offers high quality, all-natural cannabis health and wellness products for pets; and MycoDog, which creates and produces high-quality medicinal mushroom and adaptogen tinctures specifically for pets.

Accordingly, she has used CBD Dog Health’s Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, and now MycoDog mushroom extracts, on all her pets at her rescue farm every day since 2016. Angela has Odie, a 16-year-old mini-schnauzer, as well as Jolene, Maza, and Rhemi. In addition, she has 4-10 more any time she is fostering or boarding. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals.

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 it’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.