A Portland woman who launched a line of pet treats and supplements laced with a type of cannabis oil found what seemed the perfect place to market her products this week â€” a chain of fireworks stands in Oregon.
MaxDaddy treats contain CBD oil, a derivative of cannabis that company founder Carol Gardner says can help dogs with anxiety issues â€” including getting scared at the sound of loud fireworks.
CBD oil, which unlike THC, does not gets pets or people high, is believed by many to have relaxing properties.
â€śHeâ€™s the reason we actually started the company,â€ť Gardner told KGW-TV in Portland. â€śIt doesnâ€™t zonk them out, it just makes them a lot calmer.â€ť
Gardner said she hired two scientists and consulted with veterinarians when coming up with the product. CBD is a herbal supplement and therefore not regulated by the Food & Drug Administration.
How well it works to reduce anxiety in dogs, and whether it has ill effects, havenâ€™t been fully studied.
But Gardner maintains the organic treats and dust can help dogs who panic during fireworks, thunderstorms and other high-stress events, like air travel or going to the groomer.
Selling fireworks-anxiety-reducing remedies at a fireworks stand makes a certain amount of sense â€” much like selling hangover treatments in a liquor store â€” and we wonâ€™t bother to state the obvious. (Namely, that skipping the culprit lessens the need for the remedy.)
According to the MaxDaddy website, MaxDaddy is a rescued English bulldog who has been with Gardner since he was five. He has suffered from joint pain due to arthritis, inflammation, anxiety and mobility issues.
Gardner was introduced to CBD, a natural product derived from agriculturally grown hemp plants, when she began looking for solutions for MaxDaddyâ€™s health issues.