Cannabis for canines? Medicinal pot products a growing trend for Toronto pet owners

Legalized pot is on the horizon in Canada, and humans aren’t the only ones sniffing out its medicinal uses.

Cannabis-based products for pets are a growing trend in Toronto where owners are seeking out alternatives to help their ailing animals.

A sign saying “New Tricks for Old Dogs” lures curious dog walkers into the Pacifico medical marijuana dispensary on Bloor Street.  They sell tinctures and treats that contain cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound in marijuana.

Operations manager Ken Abell says they’re so popular he can’t keep them on the shelves.

“We’ve had a lot of people asking for their pets,” he said. “I’ve actually got a disappointed lady today because we’re all sold out of the dog treats. They’re very popular.”

CBC Toronto spoke to three companies in Vancouver making these CBD-based products for pets. They say there is a lot of demand from people looking to move away from traditional medications. 

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