When CBD advocate Dave Hargett began experimenting with CO2 extractions, he never dreamed that his work could change his family’s cat life forever.
Mogli, a 17-year-old black-and-white tomcat, started having trouble walking — and even getting into bed with his human caretakers — in November 2014. Dave’s mom immediately took their beloved pet to the veterinarian, but the diagnosis wasn’t hopeful.
Degenerative disc disease was putting major pressure on the cat’s spine, making it too painful for Mogli to go about his usual business. And on the pain meds the vet prescribed, Mogli couldn’t do anything but sleep.
“We were told Mogli could undergo surgery, but due to his age he would be high risk and there was no guarantee of a better quality of life. We were sent home with several pain medications and a heavy heart,” Dave’s mom told us. That’s why she asked her son — the founder of Innovative Extractions, a collective that provides patients with CO2 extracts and other CBD products — for help.
Dave recounts how his mother called him, saying they expected they’d soon have to put the cat down. “I said: ‘Okay, Mom, you need to just give your cat the tincture. I gave you that bottle. Do it before I come over and do it first.’ ”
Next thing he knew, Dave was receiving texts with pictures of Mogli jumping onto the couch, then the counter. Four months later, he says, the cat has a far better quality of life, even if he’s not completely cured.
“[My mom] now goes to her vet and they go, how’s Mogli? She tells them, he’s not on any of your meds, the cat is on CBD oil. And the vets just laugh at her. They don’t even believe her.
“So now I finally have a believer in my mom, who originally wouldn’t trust a word I said [about the benefits of CBD].”
At a time when the world’s buzzing about a Nevada bill that would allow vets to prescribe medical marijuana for pets, Mogli’s story is especially resonant.
Although some people don’t think pets can benefit from cannabis treatments, others think — like Dave — that CBD can truly make a difference by alleviating animals’ suffering and helping them heal. Around the country, the debate is on.
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