The elephants in Warsaw zoo are receiving doses of cannabis extract in a grief counselling experiment after the death of the herd’s matriarch.
Since Erna died in March, aged 35, keepers noticed that the zoo’s surviving females, Buba and Fredzia, were displaying signs of stress and anxiety. In what appears to be the first study of its kind they have been put on a course of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the non-psychedelic active ingredients found in cannabis, to soothe them.
If the experiment is a success the zoo plans to begin administering the drug to other large mammals.
“After the loss of the herd leader, Fredzia and Buba are going through a very difficult time connected with establishing a new hierarchy, which is even