It may seem like you are hearing about CBD oils or other CBD products that positively affect our health and wellbeing, as well as our pets and dogs.
What exactly is CBD for pets? Are they effective? Are they safe?
It can be difficult to cut through the hype and get to the truth about CBD for cats and dogs. This reference article will help you understand the terms and benefits of CBD for dogs and cats.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is one of the chemical compounds that can be derived from marijuana or hemp plants.
CBD works on both the endocannabinoid system (ECS), of humans and pets, such as dogs and cats. The brain and body have a unique communication system called the endocannabinoid, which affects how pets feel, move, and react.
CBD can be extracted and used in oils, chews, and other products to help with various conditions, including relaxation and calming as well as osteoarthritis pain relief.
There are differences between hemp and marijuana
Both marijuana and hemp are forms of the Cannabis sativa tree, and both have CBD. The main difference is in the THC levels.
THC is abbreviated for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound responsible for the intoxicating effects associated with cannabis.
Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC per dry weight at harvest. However, marijuana contains more than 0.3 percent THC.
Can CBD get my pet high?
CBD is the non-toxic component of hemp and marijuana plants. CBD is not as potent as THC and can be administered in a dose that is appropriate for your pet.
CBD has the potential to influence brain activity in pets. This can lead to potential benefits, such as stress reduction for dogs and cats.
Pets shouldn’t be exposed to excessive amounts of THC. Discuss dosage instructions with your veterinarian and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of CBD products before giving them to your pet. Never experiment with products that are not made specifically for pets.
CBD is safe for dogs and cats
According to studies, CBD pet products are safe for cats and dogs. Numerous veterinary studies have been published over the past two decades that show that pets do not experience any adverse effects even when they are given CBD in high doses.
CBD is not intoxicating and will not make your pet feel high.
We will continue to learn more about the effects of CBD products on pets as more research is done.
CBD for pets has potential benefits
Hemp-derived CBD products are still in their infancy. The scientific consensus on the medical benefits of CBD for pets is still unclear.
Hemp-derived products can be used in conjunction with the natural endocannabinoid systems of pets, which help regulate many functions in our cats and dogs.
According to both human and veterinary literature, CBD products could also be beneficial for pets in the following:
- Anti-inflammatory (i.e., hypersensitivity, dermatitis)
- Reduced pain
- Reduced seizures and convulsions
- Immune system support (i.e., Cancer, autoimmune diseases
- Support for the nervous system
- Support for the cardiovascular system
- Reduce anxiety
- Gastrointestinal support
Anecdotal evidence supports the use of CBD-derived hemp products for pets. According to a 2018 survey, pet owners supported hemp CBD products and treatments for their pets due to perceived improvements in many ailments such as pain, inflammation, anxiety and digestive issues. They also liked the ability to help with sleep. Some peer-reviewed studies have shown that CBD oil from hemp can improve the quality of life for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.