Can CBD work in Pets?
Can CBD work in Pets?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming more and more well-known for its anti-inflammation, anti-anxiety, pain relief and sleep assistance properties in humans. Naturally, many pet owners have begun to wonder if it could have the same affects on their fur babies. No one likes to see their pet in pain or upset. So, if there was a simple and natural way to give them some relief, why wouldn’t you give it a try?
Humans and Pets
The endocannabinoid system is analogous in pets as it is in humans.
In brief, our pets have both the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors that will interact with phytocannabinoids, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD), respectively. Therefore, CBD will interact with CB-2 receptors throughout their immune system, internal organs, muscles and bones.
As more CBD products are becoming readily available for pets, their owners will treat a variety of things, including anxiety, inflammation, joint pain, and even seizures.
One study, however, done on dogs with arthritis showed promising results. During the study, dogs with osteoarthritis problems were given either the CBD or a placebo for 4 weeks, and their progress was recorded. The dogs given CBD showed decreased pain and increased activity while having little to no side effects reported by their owners.
A recent review supported the benefits of CBD for pets with regards to inflammation, pain, and anxiety, but the authors called for further studies as to proper dosing, outcomes, and side effects.
Where to Buy CBD for Pets
CBD for cats and dogs should always be purchased from a reputable source that specializes in CBD or pet products.
It’s important to note hemp treats and oils may indeed come from the hemp plant, but unless it states it contains CBD, it may not. Many pet stores sell CBD-free hemp treats and tinctures. This is not what you are looking for and will not help your pet. To find a quality CBD-containing oil you may have to go to a store that specializes in CBD products or look online for options
Proper Dosing and Side Effects
CBD is well tolerated by most pets. As for dosing, it should be based on the pets weight.
There are no long term studies of prolonged use. But, the most common side effect from too much CBD will be gastrointestinal issues, such as nausea, emesis, and diarrhea.
Your pet is a valued member of your family and deserves the best. If your feline or canine friend suffers from anxiety due to fireworks, consider trying CBD oils or treats to help them relax.