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Pot Patch for Pups

Pot Patch for Pups
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In February 2011, a company called Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems, LLC (MMDS) acquired the rights to a patent for a transcutaneous (through the skin) delivery of medical marijuana to humans and animals. The MMDS goal is for public availability of this patch by year end.  Given the trade name Tetracan, this skin patch delivery system could be called a pot patch for pups, canine cannabis or even medical marijuana for mutts.

Animals suffer from many of the same debilitating illnesses that humans do, like arthritis and cancer.  With many U.S. states legalizing the use of medical marijuana for humans, it doesn’t seem like such a stretch to apply this concept to animals.

How Tetracan Originated
In 2000, a Santa Ana Pueblo tribe member in New Mexico, Walter Cristobel, experimented with finding a transcutaneous delivery system of marijuana for his mother’s pain relief and was awarded a patent.  In 2010, businessmen Jim Alekson and Chester Soliz — learning of Cristobel’s patent — joined him in forming MMDS, “a company devoted to the advancement, research and development of marijuana delivery modalities.”

“MMDS is pleased to be working with Walter Cristobal to help him develop his innovative ideas as MMDS advances the research and development of TETRACAN holistic, therapeutic products,” stated Jim Alekson, ADG Market Focus spokesperson for MMDS in a press release.  Other delivery systems such as creams, gels and oils will be explored for other ways of delivering medical marijuana.

Alekson informs me he has been working on a stock exchange listing for MMDS that is expected to take place shortly.  With that and the new bio-chemists with trans-dermal expertise coming on board, the arranging of manufacturing contracts in medical marijuana-legal states should see the Tetracan patch available by second quarter, 2012.


Photo credit: Chris Yarzab via flickr

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5:23AM PST on Jan 16, 2013

Let's go natural

5:57AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

I think this is a wonderful, humane idea. I agree that vets would probably charge a lot of money for it. Wouldn't it be great if we could somehow create cooperative vet clinics all around the country with maybe one supervising vet and several vet techs. I think it's incredibly sad that there are so many homeless pets & so many older people living alone, in need of company, but can't afford to adopt a pet. To simply rescue an animal from a shelter can cost hundreds. I understand why that is, but it makes it hard to adopt a rescue. I get my rescues by word-of-mouth or sometimes they just show up on my doorstep. Another thing is so many senior living facilities don't allow pets. That's just wrong. We're depriving seniors and homeless pets of priceless companionship and love. I know humane societies often charge less for services than regular vets, but still there's got to be a way to fix all this. Maybe I'll get right on that, after I make sure all homeless families have homes, all jobless people have jobs, all hungry kids have enough food--you all know the story. I personally couldn't live without my little ones. I'd go without food myself to make sure they have food. I live alone, on a fixed income and it gets harder all the time. But they're worth every sacrifice.

12:14AM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

Some day in the future we will look back at how foolish man was when we realize the enormous benefits of marijuana and how much it can help. I have chronic pain and have found no relief thus far where the side effects were worse than the illness. Hope this dog benefits and the good news spreads.

7:46AM PDT on Aug 26, 2011

Just have plenty of snacks for your doggie,

9:28PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Pups on go skippy!

9:20PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

A naturally occuring substance that can treat a variety of symptoms is a definite plus. I would prefer it's use over chemically processed materials. Good article!

5:28PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Why should an animal suffer pain anymore than a human? Maybe it's because they don't express their pain, it's easier to ignore. I think Tetracan and any other pain relieving medication that is suitable for an animal would help to ensure it had a good quality of life.

5:14PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

For the safety of my pet, I would have to test it out on me, first! I think I'm getting myself a horse. My bird is to small!

4:58PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Perfect idea, green is the way to go. Stay away from pharmaceuticals!!!!!!!!!!!!

4:32PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

It's a great idea, but I think most pets would not have these diseases if they were fed their native diet, rather than kibble full of grains.

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