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.
Since the passing of the 2008 Farm Bill, which legalized growing and producing hemp products, CBD has become a major health craze. Many turning to CBD products to help with anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain, became pleased with the results. With the benefits they experienced with CBD, it is no wonder that so many humans have considered using it to help their pets.
In general, most veterinarians agree that pure CBD is safe for pets to take in appropriate doses. Unfortunately, CBD has not been in use long enough to have studies on the benefits or side effects on humans. There have been even fewer studies done on pets. However, one study done on dogs with osteoarthritis showed improved pain and mobility. With virtually no side effects to the dogs.
While CBD is safe for pets, it is important to note THC products should not be given as it is toxic.
Most of the benefits pets get from CBD are similar to the benefits to humans, including pain management and anxiety relief.
For instance, CBD oils or treats can be useful in treating anxiety in pets who are afraid of storms or fireworks, or who are prone to high stress in general.
CBD also has great anti-inflammatory properties and can ease the pain of animals with joint issues and arthritis. It is also known to help control seizures. Pets who have serious or chronic illnesses might find that CBD reduces pain and can boost appetite.
Pets may take human CBD oils and tinctures given they are the correct dosages, usually determined by weight.
Human products are often much stronger and more concentrated than those manufactured specifically for pets. So, it is best to ask your veterinarian for the best CBD dosage for your dog or cat.
The difference between CBD manufactured for your pet and those manufactured for humans is minimal, except for the additives. Some pet products add vitamins and flavors to make the treat more appealing to animals.
Here’s what pet owners should remember if they are to give a tincture made for humans, to their pet. It must be high quality and pure with no additives or flavorings that could be dangerous to animals.
You typically want a tincture that is pure CBD and oils (which are usually coconut or MCT oil). Since you can find CBD products at almost any store, make sure it is coming from a reputable source. Be sure it contains the ingredients that it claims to contain.
Pets can get the same benefits from CBD oil as we do. Plus it can be a natural way to give them relief from anxiety, pain, and other ailments.
If you are planning to give your fur baby CBD, be sure to check with your vet on suggested doses.