Seattle company develops ‘pot patch’ for dogs
www.dailymail.co.uk – A Seattle company is developing a medical marijuana patch for man’s best friend.
Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems LLC has licensed a patent for Tetracan, a ‘pot patch’ intended as a pain relief alternative to pharmaceuticals.
Company president Jim Alekson says could it used on dogs, cats and horses – and he expects it will be ready for market by the end of this year.
Mr Alekson, who owns three Papillons, said marijuana is safer for pets who suffer from arthritis, cancer or chronic pain caused by other maladies.
He called the pot patch a ‘mellow’ alternative to traditional pharmaceutical painkillers, which ‘have proven harmful, sometimes fatal in animals.’
‘Dogs suffer from the same maladies that humans do. It’s a question of quality of life.
‘I’d much rather they were on something holistic as opposed to something chemical that I know is breaking down some of the organs in their body,’ he said.
Fifteen states, including Washington, would have to pass legislation first before owners with medical marijuana prescriptions could legally give their pooches the patch.
However, the company intends to press for changes in state law that would allow veterinarians to prescribe the patch to pets.
Medical marijuana was legalised in Washington state in 1998.
Mr Alekson told Seattle Weekly: ‘It is our intention, once the patch delivery system is perfected, to approach states for approval to use the patch for veterinary use.’
The patch would be available for use by humans as well; developers hope to have it ready for market by the end of this year.
The patch was developed and patented back in 2000 by Walter Cristobal, a member of the Santa Ana Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico, as a solution to help alleviate his mother’s arthritis pain.
TokeofTheTown.com reports Cristobal didn’t have the time or organization to bring his product to market, so when Mr Alekson and his business partner Chester Soliz learned of his patent, the three men formed Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems last year.
The company, ‘devoted to the advancement, research and development of marijuana delivery modalities,’ is also developing creams, gels and oils ‘to people and animals in need of chronic pain management.’