Cannabidiol (CBD) has been known to benefit humans, but what about animals? Have you ever considered giving CBD to you furry pal? CBD can treat a variety of ailments in humans, but official studies have only been administered on people and rats. This article will help clear up the confusion and rumors behind CBD for pets.
First you need to understand where CBD comes from. Most CBD sold for pets is derived from hemp. Hemp is non-psychoactive. Industrial hemp has to contain less than 0.3% THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient commonly found in cannabis. The minuscule amount of THC found in hemp is not enough to get you high. You can even buy CBD isolate which contains zero THC, but the isolate contains no other cannabinoids which, when used together, has more medicinal value.
CBD and other cannabinoids interact with our body through the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is found in all animals. The system manages most of our body’s biological processes. The endocannabinoid system has receptors for naturally produced cannabinoids found in our body. Cannabis derived cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the same way. Cannabinoids absorbed by the receptors produce the desired effects we experience from cannabis. This is the same for our pets.
The majority of the research done on CBD use for pets has been collected from pet owners. This can make some owners nervous as there has not been a clinical study conducted on animals, other than rodents. From the data collected by pet owners, we are now beginning to understand the effects that pets experience from CBD. Many of the ailments treated are commonly seen in humans as well.
CBD is a natural painkiller, which makes it a great option for treating arthritis or pains pets may experience. Many pets, especially dogs, suffer from tremors or seizures. CBD is a natural anti-convulsant. It is an anti-inflammatory as well. This may help pets with swelling. CBD has been known to treat certain mental illnesses that pets experience, such as anxiety or phobias. It has been known to treat pets suffering from nausea or chronic vomiting. Just like humans, pets can be diagnosed with cancer. The use of CBD has been known to reduce cancer cell growth. If your pet is suffering from any of the above ailments, then CBD might be a treatment to consider.
Clinical studies are just now beginning to take place. As Dr. Stephanie McGrath, veterinary neurologist at Colorado State University, says “Generally speaking, the science supporting CBD use in veterinary medicine is lacking. There is abundant anecdotal evidence, but very few, if any, well-executed research studies.” This is something to consider before giving your pet CBD. You need to consider possible side effects as well, such as dry mouth and drowsiness.
When choosing the right CBD brand for your pets, there are a few factors to consider. First, don’t choose a CBD product based off price. You want to find a quality product that is organic and legitimate. Only buy products from companies with proper analysis. A lab test on terpenes and pesticides contained in the hemp should be included with your order or on the website you are buying from. Lastly, try to buy CBD in tincture form. This is the most optimal way for pets to digest CBD. It is easier to control the amount given as well.
CBD has been known to be used on cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, sheep, cows, birds, and goats. However, make sure you do the proper research before giving CBD to your pet. Choosing a quality product is always a good idea. If it’s your first time giving CBD to your pet, start small and then work your way up. I recommend using a dosage chart to administer servings based off weight. More information on the effects of CBD on pets will begin to come out with time. Until then, I hope this article will help you find the right path when deciding to give your pet CBD.
Sean Huber has been working in the cannabis industry for five years. His experience includes hempcrete construction, cannabis cultivation, social media marketing, and cannabis accounting services.