Georgia, a 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is a medical marijuana patient, who, along with a growing number of pets, eats hemp-based capsules that contain only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC ) the psychoactive ingredient that provides the cannabis high.

Georgia suffered from syringomyelia, a serious neurological disease, and traditional medicine wasn’t working. So earlier this year, her owner Kelly Conway took her to Dr. Cynthia Graves, who practices alternative veterinary care in Philadelphia. Graves started Georgia on acupuncture, which seemed to help, and then she recommended Canna-Pet, a supplement made from hemp, for Georgia’s pain and anxiety.

“It has truly been a miracle and I don’t say that lightly,” Conway told CNBC. “I feel like I have a whole new dog. Georgia’s happy and relaxed. She’s not in pain. It’s amazing.”

Graves has recommended hemp-based supplements for other dogs experiencing anxiety or pain. She’s also used Canna-Pet in conjunction with cancer treatments and to boost appetite in dogs that won’t eat. “There’s no question that it’s a benefit to some patients,” she said.

Two companies in the Seattle area, Canna-Pet and Canna Companion, are leading the charge into this new and uncharted field of hemp-based veterinary medicine.

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