Elephants to Get Medical Marijuana to Test if it Reduces Stress
Stressed, anxious, and depressed … it turns out elephants look a lot like us, and a zoo in Poland is going to see if medical marijuana can help them … just like us.
Warsaw Zoo lost one of its 4 elephants in March – the alpha female named Erna – and her death had a significant impact on others … especially another woman named Fredzia.
The zoo says Fredzia has shown signs of grief, stress and depression, and it can take months, if not years, for her and others to cope with the loss and overcome the behavioral issues caused by the change of group structure.
Unless … medicinal marijuana can help.
The zoo and its doctors have started a project to test whether CBD oil can reduce anxiety in animals, starting with elephants.
The first step of the test – taking blood samples to monitor cortisol levels – is already over … so now is the time to start giving them the right things.
No, elephants will not take bong tears, they will simply receive drops of CBD through their trunk or mixed with their food … and no serious side effects are expected.
Zoo doctors believe the project is the first of its kind, but it could take up to 2 years to achieve conclusive results.
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