CBD for Pets
What is CBD Oil?
CBD comes from industrial hemp. It’s a health superstar, packing a wide range of benefits, “Get you high” like THC. Humans and animals naturally produce cannabinoids in their bodies. These are called “endocannabinoids.” Because of this, CBD works naturally with the body’s systems.
CBD oil helps “tune-up” the body’s endocannabinoid system. It supercharges it to perform at its best- reducing pain, calming anxiety, and keeping the body healthy.
How is Cannabidiol Different From Marijuana?
CBD comes from a “cousin” of the marijuana plant, called hemp. CBD is one of the hundreds of components of marijuana. But CBD, or cannabidiol, does not create a mind-altering state.
CBD is not addictive to people or animals, according to the World Health Organization. In humans, there is no potential for abuse or dependence on CBD, the WHO concluded.
Legal CBD products, including all those sold at CBD Remedies, contain less than .03 percent THC, the psychoactive part of marijuana. It's important to note that CBD comes from hemp and not marijuana, according to the American Kennel Club.
What Are the Benefits of Cannabis Oil for Dogs?
Exciting new studies reveal 10 ways CBD can keep your pet tongue-wagging and healthy.
1. Relieves Chronic Pain/Arthritis
CBD was effective in treating arthritis of the knee, said Dr. Daniel Clauw, a professor at the University of Michigan. “It appears as though it is very safe,” he added. “Nearly all potential side effects of cannabinoids are from THC, not CBD.”
2. Treats Seizures and Epilepsy
Most drugs used to treat epilepsy have serious side effects. This is not true of CBD. McGrath said the results with CBD "seem very promising".
3. Boosts Appetite
Dogs with poor appetite may have everything from teeth problems to pain. Your canine friend can’t tell you what’s wrong, so a visit to the vet is in order. If you can’t fix the underlying problem- like the fact that appetite decreases with age- then CBD can be an effective appetite stimulant, according to PetMD.
This site is created by vets who know their business. “The benefits (of CBD) include reduction of pain and increase in appetite,” according to the site.
4. Reduces Anxiety
If your dog is panting a lot, having separation issues, or bolts at loud noises, your furry friend may have anxiety. Dogs have an endocannabinoid system similar to humans that normally calms anxiety. But sometimes, we all need an extra boost to stay mentally fit.
Studies by the U.S. National Institute of Health show that CBD reduces anxiety, including social anxiety, in humans. A study in Brazil showed that CBD helps with panic disorders. And according to Dogs Naturally magazine, CBD helps dogs in a similar way.
Dogs can be stressed out by life situations, like loud fireworks. Or, they may have general anxiety that shows in their behaviors, like shaking or licking their lips. CBD can calm your dog by reducing the nerve signals to the brain that trigger anxiety.
Serious diseases like cancer should always be treated by a veterinarian. After consulting with your vet, CBD can help with cancer symptoms such as pain and anxiety. There are also indications in animal studies that CBD can help your pet battle the disease.
6. CBD Can Help with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
In layman’s terms, CBD helps restore balance to the intestinal tract. The NIH called CBD “a promising therapeutic agent” that brings harmony to the neuro-immune axis. This makes CBD a prime new tool in treating IBS.
Neurodegenerative Diseases CBD is a neuroprotective antioxidant with remarkable health effects, according to studies by the NIH reported in the New York Times. In other words, it helps protect the brain from damage over time.
Oxidation of brain cells is a damaging process that happens in many neurological disorders, according to the New York Times. When there is an injury, cannabinoids produced by the body rush to the defense. They reduce inflammation and repair damage. A CBD supplement can help with this process.
9. CBD Helps Reduce Nausea
Nausea and vomiting in humans and other animals is regulated by the endocannabinoid system. CBD reduces these symptoms in a wide variety of animals, according to the National Institutes of Health. It suppresses vomiting and may be especially helpful in reducing nausea of chemotherapy patients.
10. CBD Promotes Cardiovascular Health