How CBD Can Help Your Pet
Article by Dr. Benny's
CBD has become a new wellness trend in a very short span. From ordinary people to celebrities, everyone seems to be interested in trying CBD products. The supporters of CBD believe that it has many beneficial health benefits, some of them are also backed by science. The benefits of CBD are not limited to humans only because animals such as pets can also benefit from the healing properties of CBD. If you want to learn more about how CBD can be beneficial for your furry friend you should keep reading.
Here’s everything you need to know about CBD for pets.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is the second most abundant and popular compound of the cannabis Sativa plant. It is obtained from hemp flowers or leaves. What makes it very appealing for consumers is the fact that it cannot cause euphoria like its sister cannabinoid THC. Consumption of CBD can provide a feeling of calmness and relaxation but it is not associated with a high feeling. However, if high concentrated doses of CBD are consumed it can create an uplifting feeling. Nevertheless, you can enjoy the following health properties of CBD without worrying about any high feeling:
Are there any legal issues?
Before we talk about the legality of CBD it would be best to know what status its sources; hemp and marijuana have under the law.
Both marijuana and hemp contain CBD. Marijuana naturally contains high amounts of THC and low amounts of CBD whereas the hemp plant contains greater content of CBD and very less content of THC that makes hemp and its derived products very favorable for medicinal use.
Under Federal Law only CBD derived from hemp is legal and it should not contain more than 0.3 % THC. If you want to try CBD for your pets just make sure that you are using a product that contains the legal amount of CBD and THC.
Can CBD make your pets high?
CBD is obtained from the notorious cannabis family, it is often linked with high effect. For pet owners trying to consider CBD should rest assured that CBD cannot make anyone high may it be people or your pets.
Is it safe for pets and what about any side effects?
Although CBD cannot create a high feeling, it is worth considering that FDA has not yet approved any CBD products.
Moreover, consumption of CBD comes with some mild side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
Benefits of CBD for pets
Pets also possess the endocannabinoid system just like humans which regulates various mental and physical responses of the body. CBD can interact with the ECS receptors and help them perform better. Due to the powerful healing properties of CBD it can be helpful in alleviating various health conditions. If you are a pet owner whose dog is suffering from anxiety or a cat from arthritis, you may find CBD helpful.
If your dog shows destructive nature, barks more often, or seems restless, there is a greater possibility that he may be suffering from anxiety. Just like their human friends, CBD can be helpful in managing anxiety by promoting a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. Many pets show signs of separation anxiety but CBD may help your pet calm down when you are not around. It may also be beneficial for your pets if they get scared easily due to fireworks, thunderstorms or noise phobias.
Treatment of seizures
When our pets suffer from seizures, it becomes very difficult to handle them. Using medicines to manage these problems lead to damaged liver sometimes. It is estimated that more than 5% of puppies around the world suffer from seizures which may or may not be treated through the conventional treatment methods. The ability of CBD to interact with the brain and the endocannabinoid system makes it quite helpful in reducing seizures.
The food and drug authority has also approved the first CBD-based medicine Epidiolex which can help in reducing the frequency and magnitude of seizures in epileptic patients. Since CBD is so effective for seizures in humans it can be very helpful to manage seizures in your pets. Furthermore, its interaction with ECS makes it very beneficial for seizures.
Pets often suffer from pain especially older pals suffering from pain and associated inflammation. It is a known fact that CBD has strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help lower levels of inflammation and pain in your pet’s body. It may also be helpful for pets suffering from arthritis.
Nausea and appetite stimulant
CBD possesses incredible antiemetic properties that can not only help in reducing nausea and vomiting but also regulate hunger and appetite even for your pets. Nausea and vomiting are prominent symptoms of serious health issues such as cancer. They're also caused by chemotherapy, which is a primary treatment method for different types of cancers. By reducing these symptoms, CBD can increase patience to endure uneasiness and discomfort.
How to use CBD for pets?
The market now is flooded with a variety of CBD products each offering and targeting specific parts of the body and health condition. For pets, you can also find the versatility of CBD products. You can use CBD edibles if your dog doesn’t create fuss eating capsules, gummies, and treats. If your pet is suffering from pain, inflammation or some skin condition, CBD topical such as lotions, oils and balms can be very perfect. You can also offer your pets water-soluble CBD as well and enjoy its benefits.
You may also use full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD products that a packed with all other cannabinoids and beneficial terpenes to give your pet the therapeutic boost it needs.
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Cannabidiol works by interacting with the mammalian endocannabinoid system. Our pets, cats and dogs etc. can benefit from the healing properties of CBD since they also possess an endocannabinoid system. However, it would be best to consult the vet before considering CBD as the only treatment option for your pet.